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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-21-2001, 12:08 PM
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Sway Bar Disconnect Question

Please review the attached picture this is a prototype sway bar disconnect I've designed. Do you think this is a viable product for the Jeep market?

Thanks for your input

Felipe

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-21-2001, 12:31 PM
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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

IF the pin is strong enough it should be ok.

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-21-2001, 12:36 PM
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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

The pin I chose is made from stainless steel I don't see a problem with shearing in two pieces. I'll have to do some calculations to get exact shear forces on the pin. The disconnect is very simple to install and use, just remove the pin and each end of the sway is independent. The sway bar cannot separate because the disconnect has a retaining ring and thrust washer. To connect sway replace pin.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-21-2001, 01:21 PM
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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

Felipe, somebody is already selling those. Can't remember who, but I have seen them advertised.

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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

I think it would work. What vehicle is that on? I can't picture how the sway bar setup is used in that picture.

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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

The pictures are from my Suzuki Sidekick 4x4. I saw somebody selling a similar device but I don't think it retained each side of the sway bar after removal of the pin. I think it was held together with a bolt?

Thanks for your input.

Felipe

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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

Is that for the front or rear? I know on my tj i ditched my rear sway bar (no differance in handling) and then my front i have $2 discos which are clevis and hitch pin set ups, work good, just about as easy as your's and cost me $2 form menards.

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post #8 of (permalink) Old 12-23-2001, 03:34 PM
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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

The disconnect is on the front of my vehicle. I thought about the disconnects on the end links but don't like to crawl underneath my vehicle. Owning a machine shop has it advantages keeps me out of Menards. LOL

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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

How does it allow the axle to drop, by disconnecting the center. It seems like it would still limit the droop as long as the ends are still attached to at the axle. ???

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post #10 of (permalink) Old 12-24-2001, 07:21 PM
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Re: Sway Bar Disconnect Question

By disconnecting at the center each end of the sway bar is now independent of each other. It's the same if you disconnect at the sway bar ends. There is enough spring pressure on the front end to overcome any friction created by the sway bar end link bushings. On my Suzuki their is a ball joint that connects the sway bar to the a-arm. I saw an article I believe in Autoweek that showed a simliar device on a Humvee but it was controlled from the dash. It employed a splined shaft with a synchro ring to engage and disengage the sway bar for orr-roading. Hope this helps

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