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adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

when i did the 8.8 swap with andy we didnt put on a sway bar in the rear.....this hasnt been a problem....but im planning on putting a 2" spacer lift soo with new shocks so i fear i may have a body roll problem on the highway.

any ideas for a custom sway bar.....my plan right now is going to be to see if i can find a junk yard sway bar and brackets from a ford and hope i can get it to work somehow with the jeep....

what did the rest of you 8.8ers do ?
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

Currie makes a good setup but $$$ I had a 8.8 bar that lyed around here for months till last week, You could have had it.
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damn,,,,

anyone else have one?
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

Are you aware of the handling changes that go with a rear sway bar? Rear roll stiffness means more oversteer, or less understeer, or oversteer instead of understeer.
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

TJs had a sway bar from the factory.....its not a big deal now but i worry if i add lift height and new shocks the body roll and handling on the highway will get scarey!.....especially on windy days

i havent had experience with this, since i've always had a sway bar.....

whats your expert opinion? do you think i need a rear swaybar if i have the TJ with a 2" lift and some Rancho shocks or something?

any input is welcome...i dont want to die [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

the rear sway bar isnt that big of deal greg. I ran my TJ without either sway bar with 4 inches of lift, and it didnt seem to drive badly.
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

I don't have an expert opinion. With the resources we have, I can't think of any way to accurately predict its absolute behavior after the lift, although there's no doubt about the effects of a rear bar.

When I restored my CJ I left the front bar off. Front bars increase understeer. I never push it hard enough that handling dynamics come into play, so I can't tell the difference.

I suspect that if you drive your lifted Jeep the way you should drive a lifted Jeep, you won't miss the rear bar, or a front one for that matter. But we don't want you to die either - keep bringing Kelly around [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

lol...i'll keep bringing her as long as shes willing to come....

i'll give it a try and see how it handles once i get it all together.....hopefully it wont be bad like you guys say

thanks for the info!
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

I didn't run sway bars on my tj when it was stock height and then with 2" lift (i think superlift shocks), I had a lot less body roll with the superlift shocks then i did with the junk factory shocks. I did get a fair amount of torque jacking at times with the mini spool. I could park the jeep so the body was tipped at a 20-30* angle. Once you got used to it you bearly every realized it and i didn't think it was scary but then again i'm used the "scary" handling trail rigs instead of mall crawlers.
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Re: adding a Sway Bar on ford 8.8 ?

well i got the locker in the mail....and i got a 4.0L TB coming my way ....2" spacers Tater is hopefully making....and shocks will be ordered soon.... then i have to order the 32" mud tire of sorts...not sure of the brand yet

it'll be a while before i get it all together so we'll have to wait and see
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