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Old 06-23-2008, 03:44 PM   #1
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rear sway bar

I just installed a Rubicon Express 3.5 standard kit. After it was aligned and the new tires were on I took it wheeling (like a good boy). And when I went to clean the underside I noticed my rear driver's side swaybar link dangling in the air. The bolt that holds it to the axle was missing. I've heard that it is safe to take out the rear swaybar all together, is this true? Or am I better off finding another bolt and spacer. And finally is it ok to drive as is?

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ask tripple88a, i think he ran no rear for awhile- i bet he'll pop in.

i dont run a front swaybar at all, you're just going to have alot more body roll.
on mine however, i have 1.5" wheel spacers(making my jeep 3" wider) with a 2"bb and 1" bl(3" higher, 3" wider) so mines not bad at all.

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edit: sorry, actually i bought an "anti-rock" today so nevermind...its just not here yet
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:05 PM   #4
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It may be safe, but recommended, no.
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Old 06-23-2008, 05:12 PM   #5
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It is be ok to temporarily leave the rear antiswaybar disco'd until you can get it reconnected with a new bolt & nut but the coil sprung TJs/LJs/Rubicons do much better both on and off road with the rear antiswaybar connected. It was the older leaf spring YJs and CJs that would do better offroad without their antiswaybars (even trackbars) disconnected and not too badly on road either. Once you get onto some seriously difficult trails with well prepped TJs, it's rare to find one without some form of an antiswaybar front and rear, or at least on the rear if they don't have something like an Antirock or Swaylok antiswaybar up front too. I broke one of my TJ's rear antiswaybar links wheeling years ago and it didn't do well on or offroad without that rear antiswaybar.
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I have to disagree in part. If you are running short arms or an out of the box generic long arm kit from RE or such then it probably won't work as well. I know all of the comp guys run some sort of rear setup for the most part, but they are also trying to do different things than we are with less weight and more travel.

I don't run a sway bar on either end and I know that my rig works stupid well and is more stable than 90% of rigs that do have sway bars.

That being said you will be safe and more in control with a rear sway bar driving it on the street. Just replace your bolt and use a lock washer and some lock tite on it.
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Old 06-24-2008, 05:05 PM   #7

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Didn't have a rear bar in the last TJ. Was perhaps a bit more flexing in the rear on road on corners, vs having a sway bar. But never felt as if it was getting away from me or that I should hook one back up. I did leave the front connected on the road. Thus, can you drive without one for a while, yes, but seeing as your only missing a bolt, get it fixed.

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