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Re: Sway Bar
Not necessarily cons, but things you should know. Obvious, of course, is that the Jeep will lean more when cornering and on side hills, and rock and change direction a little easier in crosswinds and when passing big trucks.
Also, sway bars affect how the vehicle behaves in fast cornering. A sway bar increases roll stiffness at the end they're mounted on. Increased roll stiffness transfers cornering power to the opposite end of the vehicle, and removing the bar does the opposite of course.
So taking off the rear bar will transfer cornering power to the rear. That means that in hard cornering the vehicle will tend to understeer more - in a nutshell, making it less 'tailhappy', or increase 'push' in stock car terms. All of which is significant if you like to corner at speeds that have you drifting sideways. You'll never notice the difference in what most folks call normal driving.