I just cut my factory ones off then don't stick around long enough to see how the aftermarket ones do.
They aren't as mission critical as the other front end parts (that actually hold a wheel on etc) so have at it.
I always use anti-seize compound on swaybar links. If they haven't been done, they often have to be removed destructively when you're changing struts. As a general practice, I use anti-seize liberally whenever I'm reinstalling almost any nut or bolt. We're in a low to moderate rust zone here - I can't imagine how quickly things would rust together down east.