Post 657 describes my installation of the Van Compass Front Sway Bar Disconnect Kit. For my purposes here I will call it Version 1.0.
I ran the kit for about two thousand miles and when I went back to look things over I wasn't satisfied with the lower attachment point. I contacted Mark and Rob and we discussed my concerns, the end result is Version 2.0 of the kit.
Version 2.0 eliminates the vehicle attachment point for the disconnected link, you simply remove the link and store it in the vehicle, plus it changes the method of attachment of the lower pin to the vehicle to a much more (in my opinion) robust connection.
I have about a thousand miles on Version 2.0 and so far I am very satisfied with it.
Here is a picture of the two sway bar links side-by-side, Version 1.0 is on the left and Version 2.0 is on the right. I should have rotated the picture, the lower attachment points are shown at the top of the picture.
Here is what the kit looks like with the two pins installed, note the now unused hole left over from the original installation. This is where the pin was installed that the link was mounted to when the top pin was disconnected. In Version 2.0 this pin is not used and the link is simply removed and stored in the van. Much simpler and (my opinion) much better. Note also the spacer on the lower pin, this is what maintains the correct alignment of the link. It slides off the pin, either remove and store it when the link is removed or put the keeper pin back in place (my choice) as you see in the picture.
And here is what the kit looks like with the link installed. Both joints have zerk fittings that are easy to access to grease. My big old grease gun was a bit awkward for this, thus giving me the opportunity to buy a small hand-held cartridge unit. Much nicer!
If you have Version 1.0 and like it, great! If you have Version 1.0 and are not satisfied with it, contact Mark and Rob and I am confident they will work it out to your satisfaction.
This is a nice modification. It doesn't provide a massive amount of additional articulation, but what it does provide is greatly appreciated and you will notice the difference when pushing your Sprinter on rough terrain.