These do need replacing. As you suggested the top one is blown out (damaged, anyway). I doubt the reason was due to the tie rod ends, though. Tie rod ends keep the wheels going in the right direction. The sway bar helps to keep the vehicle level during cornering.
Skyjacker's End Links are custom-engineered to drop your sway bar down to the perfect location. Unlike lowering brackets, Skyjacker End Links modify your sway bar, not just how it fits onto your vehicle. That way, you get maximum anti-roll and sway control for better, safer handling on smooth streets and rough trails alike.
It is not required but adding a set of upgraded sway bar endlinks (the component that connects the sway bar to the lower control arm) along with the stiffer aftermarket bars is strongly suggested. The added loads placed on the original OE endlinks may accelerate wear on the end ball-joint, causing the link to eventually fatigue and fail.
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A sway bar, also referred to as an anti-roll bar, is a length of tubular metal that is bolted to both ends of the front suspension. Many cars also use a rear sway bar. When the car is driven around a corner, the sway bar acts a lever arm on the side of the car that is on the inside of the turn.
The sway bar link is attached the rear of the strut and the sway bar. Grab your vice grabs and attach it to the sway bar link to stop it from rotating when you loosen the nuts. It doesn't matter if you damage the bar abit because you'll be replacing it anyways.
Sway bar end links have undergone a design change as front suspension design has transformed. The switch to MacPherson struts required a change in how and where sway bar end links were connected. Confusing the matter even more, they connect upward to the MacPherson strut and are longer, or they connect to the lower control arm and are shorter.
if you aren't doing any tie rods than the alignment isn't necessary really. If you're doing the sway bar bushings and end links, the next thing is your lower control arms and tie rods. You may be looking at doing the whole thing. That's what I did last year and then got the alignment done.