Cobalt heim-jointed sway bar end links

[3/26/2006] Reviewed by: Ted Soprenuk -

Applicable to: '99 + 1.8 liter

Cobalt heim-jointed sway bar end links

In September of 2005, I ordered a full set of heim-jointed sway bar end links from OK Miata for my 2001 Miata. Only half the order arrived, and after about 2 weeks the rest of the order arrived. It took 4 hours under my car to get them installed on my after market sway bars. A few days after installation, I began hearing clunking sounds coming from the chassis as I drove over bumps and ridges in the road. After spending an additional 4 hours under the Miata greasing the end links, I thought the problem was solved. After 2 days I started hearing the clunking sounds again. I then ordered the Racing Beat end links from another after market provider and replaced the Cobalt heim-jointed end links. So far the Racing Beat links are great and are no problem. After inspecting the heim-jointed end links I found 2 problems, 1. the heim links had groove marks on the body from where they impacted the car frame. And 2. the inner race and ball joints on 2 of the heim links was loose and rotated within the heim link body. After complaining to OK Miata, I sent them the end links. Deb at OK Miata said she would have to send the links to Cobalt, the manufacturer for an evaluation. After numerous phone calls to OK Miata and getting their answering machine, I finally got to talk to Deb again. It is now March 17, 2006, and I was told that Cobalt could not find anything wrong with the links. Deb asked if I wanted the links back, and I said you keep them. All in all I have lost approximately $180 in the cost of the end links and additional shipping costs.

As you have probably guessed, I will not be buying a Cobalt product or anything again from OK Miata.

Over 30 minutes to remove completely

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