Swaybar disconntcts

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Swaybar disconntcts

Post by JMM » Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:10 am

Question - when you guy go out do you disconnect your front sway bars?
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Post by pookie » Sun Oct 28, 2007 8:50 pm

I've only had the stocker to Green Ridge, so no.

I once took it off a wicked high curb though. Was awesome.
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Post by ReneDave » Sun Oct 28, 2007 10:23 pm

I haven't yet - the front sway bar really needs to be removed, and not just disconnected and tucked away like the Wranglers, because there's a good chance it can damage the CV boots. Os far I haven't found anyone who says it's worth the hassle, so I just leave it in.

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Post by TJTank » Sun Oct 28, 2007 11:21 pm

wouldn't IFS get tippy with out a sway bar ?
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Post by JMM » Mon Oct 29, 2007 3:42 am

TJTank wrote:wouldn't IFS get tippy with out a sway bar ?
I do not know - I have seen discussions on other sites where folks have done it for the trail but the do not recommend it for the street at all.

I was under there looking and would have to agree with Dave's assessment - just removing the links does not look like it would be the way to go - looks like to me that it would just be in the way and get banged about.
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Post by ReneDave » Mon Oct 29, 2007 4:43 pm

Yes and yes. The rear sway bar can be removed without any real problems on the road - actually it doesn't seem to do much on or off road and can be left off full time. Removing the front sway bar gives a bit more articulation, but it's such a pain to pull off and gives such an unpredictable ride that I won't remove it again.

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Post by MPETE » Mon Oct 29, 2007 11:24 pm

comparing the XJ to the KJ is apples to oranges
but I removed the rear sway on the XJ when I lifted the rear. I was worried tho because 1 of the big reasons I was lifting was because I was setting the jeep up for towing the camper and wasnt sure I wanted to tow with the saggy rear springs I had but most places that give any kind of towing advice will tell you a rear sway bar is a good thing to have and a better thing add/upgrade if regular towing is planned. truth be told I have not been able to tell it was missing and towing without it is perfectly normal and no problems what so ever. but the added articulation I get from the sway removed is awesome.

someone somewhere I think it was jeepforum used this as an experiment
take a simple set of wheel ramps (he was using a cherokee) put 1 ramp infront of the left front tire and the other ramp infront of the right rear and with the jeep in 4wd and the rear sway still on try and drive up the ramps. if you have open diffs you probably wont be able to make it. then remove the rear sway bar and try this experiment again and it should be easy as pie might spin a tire but you should be able to make it no problem

I did this on a gravel driveway (exp was done on pavement) and I could barely make it up the ramps at all before I was spinning. after the sway was gone I did still spin a bit because of the gravel driveway but I was able to make it up the ramps ok

it was an interesting test and really opened my eyes as to how much that sway bar was hurting off road ability
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