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NOW I see why you guys like sway bar discos....
I left my faithful CJ5 in Wasilla and drove to Soldotna where my CJ7 is. I've wheeled it mildly a couple times, but this weekend my dad and I put about 80 off-road miles on her. It's an 85 model with a 258, T-5 and open diffs. Rubber is some unknown brand of beach tire (looks a bit like ground hawgs) in 11-15LT (about 32x11.00 near as we can measure).
Anyhow, had a great time, and got a little video of me in a couple of holes. (If I can get the program to work on my comp, I'll upload it sometime) Anyhow, while turning around in the trail I managed to get a front and rear wheel off the ground to my father's amusement. Now this was no big deal, I grabbed reverse and came out of it no problem.
I was a bit baffled why I had two wheels off the ground in such a mild spot. Since I normally drive a CJ5 with no sway bars, and a limited slip rearend, the obvious never occured to me. (the '5 wouldn't have let me down, either the shorter wheelbase would have made things different on the turn, or the limited would have got me forward further, or the better flex would have helped--why am I going to give dad the '5 and get the 7 again?)
Anyhow back at Dad's place we watched the video and I saw how little the CJ7 was flexing compared to my -5.
All I can say is that when I finally get around to dragging that bugger up to Wasilla, Sway bar disconnects are the FIRST thing I'm doing!