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post #1 of (permalink) Old 08-13-2004, 09:29 PM
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Disconect front sway bar

I have recently bought a '89 Wrangler and I am trying to get a few things fixed up so it will be ready for some trails and crawling this fall. I was looking at getting a set of sway bar quick disconnects when a friend suggested that I just remove the front sway bar altogether. He has a CJ and they didn't come with a sway bar at all.

I know my YJ has a differnt wheelbase and all, but it really doesn't sound like a bad idea. I only drive the Jeep on regular roads for short trips or to some place to drive offroad. I have disconnected the sway bar and drove around town and I didn't notice much of a difference.

Does just removing the sway bar sound like a bad idea or a good one? Safety issues?

Thanks for the input!
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Re: Disconect front sway bar

I have not had eon in my YJ for about 2yrs now.. More flex and it still drives good.. Just dont drive like an ass on windy roads and you will be fine.. If you want more flex loss the front and read trac-bars to.. I dont have them.. You will have more body roll but aslong as you dont drive like a nut you should be ok..

All in the name of more Flex...
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Re: Disconect front sway bar

the only downfall to removing it all together is that you will have more body roll on corners. That could be a problem if, or when you have to swerve at highway speeds. With that being said i removed the front sway bar from my TJ when i had it, and i never bothered me a bit
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Re: Disconect front sway bar

i've been driving with no rear sway bar for 2 years or sometihng now.....its a lil goofy at highway speeds but otherwise ok.

i made disconnects for the front by just replacing the lower bolt with a pin and clip......i put a key ring on each clip to make them easier to pull off...it works
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Re: Disconect front sway bar

You can't use "$5 discos" on a yj they use a different mounting system. With my sway bar and track bars gone on my yj when it was stock it got a real bad side to side body roll wobble when you hit a bump wrong at some speeds. It was pretty dangerous, i only drove it a little more before it got some stiff lift springs and all the roll is gone.
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Re: Disconect front sway bar

Hey all, thanks for the feedback

I've been driving my YJ around town with the sway bar disconnected for a couple of days and even around town I like the difference. I think this is because a previous owner put a 3" suspension lift on it and I think the springs he chose are rated for a 1 ton truck. This thing is as stiff as a board.

After taking the swaybar off I did not notice any scary rolling. As a matter of fact on the road to work there is a section of road where they are doing some de-construction and it would throw me all over the place when I crossed it. Now it goes over just about as good as my Explorer (of course they roll over easy too [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img].

Bottom line is I'm pulling the sway bar off and spending the $$$ I would have spent on disconnects on something else!

Thanks all!!
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Re: Disconect front sway bar

Sway bars you can disconnect or eliminate.
Trackbars on leaf springs you can disconnet or eliminate.

Trackbars on coil springs will cause major problems, even death. There's nothong to hold the axle from moving side to side.

A swaybar limits body roll, a trackbar positions the axle to the center - it supplements the weak/narrow leaf springs for lateral stability.
With coil springs the Trackbar is vital.
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Re: Disconect front sway bar

When my YJ was stock, I noticed no ill effects of removing either the track or sway bar. Maybe a little more body roll, but what do you expect, IT'S A JEEP!
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