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post #1 of (permalink) Old 02-01-2001, 12:24 AM
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Hi, My samurai is still bone stock with stock size street tires. today I decided to do a little test; put a jack under the the spring pirch on left front and jacked it up until a tire lifted. I measured the height of the bumper off the ground, then tried it again with the sway bar removed and gained maybe 1/8 and inch of flex. What is up with that? does it even do anything?

I went 4x4ing today and almost rolled for my first time. pretty nutty. I was stradling a chasm and on my left side the wall was almost verticle. the front tire made it ok, but the back tire slipped into the chasm (about 3 feet deep). my front right tire was probably 3 feet off the ground and I was at maybe a 60* angle stuck there. I managed to back out after getting my buddy to push down on that lifted tire. The only damage was a bent exaust pipe that I bended back. BFG touring t/a (kinda sporty street tires) don't have much sidewall traction I guess.


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Re: sway bar?

The anti-sway baris to keep the vehicle from swaying or leaning while street driving - taking corners fast. It also helps with highway stability. Lots of guys (myself included) have absolutely no use for them, and on most lifted or modified trucks, they are worthless, and just get in the way.
Just by jacking up a tire, you won't see the full effect of disconnecting the bar, as you need to also let the other side drop. The bar keeps the wheels from articulating too much. When one tire goes up, being a solid axle, the other must come down a bit. You'll notice the biggest difference when off-roading.
BTW - probably the best single modification for off-road driving is a good set of tires. There are many out there, IMHO, the BFG Mud-terrain is the best.
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cut it off less weight more power!

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Re: sway bar?

Ideally, I wish someone would come up with a sway bar with quick disconnects.

Swaybars do increase on-road safety and control. If it didn't, it wouldn't be there. We might not see the need for them at slow speeds. The only limit flex and I for one don't have one. But at highways speeds, the forces on the truck are quite different and a lot more powerful.

But the sway bar has gotten such a bad rap, I don't think anyone would but a quick disconnect version.

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Quick disconnect sway bar:

http://www.carmag.co.jp/apio/JIMNYGOKU2.html

Too bad they are in Japan, APIO has some really cool looking stuff for Sammies.

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Re: sway bar?

Man! I wish I could read Japaneese! Some real cool stuff there....

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