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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-22-2001, 03:31 PM
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My friend and I were testing the articulation of our 97 and 95 Wranglers. The first test I tried for my 95 wrangler, stock suspension, was driving up a pair of car ramps with one ramp at each corner (crossing up the suspension). I needed 4L to get up them and that was with one rear wheel off the ground. My friend, of course, in his 97 TJ made it up them no problem. Turns out the dealership I bought her from put the e-brake cable way above the exhaust hanger they replaced. The wheel that was off the ground was being held up by the cable : ( So we fixed that and removed the rear trac bar. I could now get up the ramps in 2 wheel drive but my articulation still seemed very restricted. I removed the front sway bar against my friends recommendation but I left the front trac bar for now. I can not believe the difference! My Jeep articulates so much better and the ride on and offroad is drastically better. I haven't noticed any difference in handling either. In places where I needed 4wd before, I can now get away with just 2wd. Who needs one of those fancy coil spring TJs anyway, right?!

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Re: sway bars are overrated ;)

I agree! Swaybars are over-rated!! I noticed my YJ was a tad bit sloppier on the road without one. But who cares!!


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I was scared of trying without, but I think I will..

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I don't have one and I can barely notice it on-road. I don't expect my jeep to handle to I drive accordinly.

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Re: sway bars are overrated ;)

They are some what over rated, on my tj at first driving with out them up front was scarry but i got used to them and my rear one i removed it and didn't even know it was missing. I reconected my front ones the other day when it started to snow, since having a squrily jeep on ice isn't fun.

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Re: sway bars are overrated ;)

I havent used the track bars front or rear, or sway bars for years. And mine really handles fine on the raod. I just drove the winding road up to Lake Tahoe last weekend, and I was very pleased at how well it cornered and tracked. I tighten up my Rancho 9012's to 4 or 5 when on the road, and I have the added advantage of a hydraulic ram to dampen the steering, but it still has comfortable, and confident steering control.


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Re: sway bars are overrated ;)

leaf sprung jeeps have no business with a sway bar, but it sure makes a big difference in my tj.

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Re: sway bars are overrated ;)

This is why they make sway bar quick disconnents, so you can have the best of both worlds, good flex off road and better handling on road.

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Sway bars? Must be sumthin' on them new fangled wrangler type jeeps. My old '74 CJ5 don't got none......ahh, just extra parts to get in the way! *grin*

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Come awn!!! you know those ole bug eye'd heeps dont have a rust free place on the frame thats rigid enough to attach a sway bar too. [snicker] It woulnt make much sense to have the axles tear the frame apart just to try to keep those rattle traps on a straight line. [Hehehe]

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