WTH: Plastic rear end link??

sinistar_xx

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Was doing the rear pads and rotors on my '89 today and noticed what looked like a PLASTIC end link. I wiped away some grease, and yes it was in fact plastic. I would never expect to see any component like that made of plastic. Checked the other side and it's the same. This is not normal, correct? Anyone else seen this before? Either way, they're due for replacements...

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Yeah those are not that uncommon to find.
 

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They are factory but I don't recall offhand what the PN# is.
 

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That's very interesting. Thanks for the feeback, guys.

P/N is 48830-14040 FYI.
 

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The 89+ changed to plastic sway bar end links. The older mk3 Supra's were metal links which I heard had problems with bending but I don't hear much about that. They also make upgraded links that are adjustable if you are looking around for different options and these are the ones I run:

 
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I think it was more of a problem with the mounting tabs on the lower arm breaking off. So hopefully the plastic fails first. I know some people have had that lower tab break off when upgrading to bigger sway bars and endlinks.