Let me start by saying it is customary to remove the front links, however on a lifted XK (2.25" on mine) this could result in damage. The C0mmander (XK) uses the strut to limit travel in the front, which would let you disconnect the front sway bar without damage if your at stock height. If you are lifted the strut no longer limits your suspension drop, The ball joint is now your limiter. This could result in immediate and severe ball joint failure. That being said I have chosen to put the links on the rear. The primary purpose of this is to first have longer links for normal driving conditions. I will only use the links disconnected after I have relocated/lengthened brake lines. I have tested the flex after installing the longer links and it is greatly improved. The swap is very basic with only one modification necessary.
For this modification I used the JKS part #2001
sway bar quick disconnects.
Approximate part cost $130
Approximate mod time 1-2 hrs (no rush)
Note: The stock upper link bolts will be reused, SAVE THESE BOLTS! The second note is that you will need to drill out the upper sleeve in the new links to fit the stock bolts. The sleeve is aluminum so use extreme caution when drilling.
1. 3/4" Wrench
2. 18mm socket
3. Socket wrench
4. Vise Grip/Pliers
5. Drill and Drill bit
I know SAE and Metric? That is just what I used to make it work.
OEM vs. JKS
Step by step procedures:
1. Remove the stock sway bar links. You will need your 18mm socket for the top bolt. You will need the 3/4" wrench and Vise Grips to remove the lower bolt. The Vise Grips hold the outer most part of the bolt and the 3/4" wrench to turn the nut.
OEM end link off.
2. Unpack your new sway bar links and take the upper pin mount off the link and set it aside it will not be used. Your links should now look like this to move on to the next step.
New JKS Quick Disconnects.