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Sway-bar problem

So today I decided I'd fit up my old sway-bar and see what needed to be done to make it work. Well, I hit a small hump in the road. It seems I can get it in there (barely), but it rests on my pitman arm. Only way around this is get a pitman arm with more drop, heat and bend the pitman arm down, or relocate the swab-bar. So far, my best idea is mount it up like a TJ, on top of the frame in front of the grill. I doubt I could use my old one, but maybe one from a TJ? Could I get some steel and make my own with a torch and muscles? How would I attach it to the frame and the axle? I have a hi-steer setup, so this seems to complicate it. Thanks! I attached a few pictures. One of my pitman arm problem, and one of where I was thinking of mounting the sway-bar.
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Re: Sway-bar problem

Hi James,

I recently picked up a pitman arm off of a newer Grand Cherokee. I paid $5 for it and it has about 1" of drop. From the picture, it appears that you may be able to drop about that much, but I don't know how that would affect your hi-steering. Would that be enough to clear your sway bar?

BTW, I am in the process of removing about a 3" section of my sway bar in the center, and welding the splines of D30 axle disconnect to fill in the new hole. I am looking for a simple disconnect that I can trigger from inside. We'll see how this project turns out...

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Re: Sway-bar problem

I'll look into that. My guess is I'd have to have it reemed out to fit the large TRE's. Also, how long is it? I had to find a different pitman arm that was shorter because it was rubbing on my tierod when I'd hit bumps or flex.
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I went through the same thing with my SOA - high steer swap. I found the easiest thing for me to do was to relocate the swaybar by moving it rearward on the frame and shorten the swaybar links. I don't know if you can see it all that well, but here are some pics of mine which were taken before I shortened the links: http://www.feeper.net/creative I'm not the dorky looking guy in the pics. I'm MUCH better looking than that. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
Whatever you do, I don't think that heating and bending your pitman arm is a good idea. It would probably weaken the arm substantially.

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Jammy... Jammy... Jammy... Swaybar...? [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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The length was the same as my stock '88, just 1" lower.
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Re: Sway-bar problem

I'd kind of rather not put a different pitman arm on there. It took me long enough to find that sucker that's on there! How far back could I move it on the frame? I'd have to have the swaybar shortened or something. Anyone have some other ideas? What about putting it on top of the frame like the TJ's?
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sway bar??? what are those????

get some rs9000's.. and run them stiffer..
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