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Old 08-27-2009, 09:25 PM   #1
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Rear sway bar links or not???

I am finishing installing a 3" BDS lift and it came with rear sway links (not quick disconnects). Should I leave these off? I drive 70% road and 30% off road.. It is not an every day driver and just a weekend toy.. I was wondering what you guys/gals thought???

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Put them on. It will put your swaybar back to the angle it needs to be.

Also welcome to the forum. The BDS 3'' kit is a good little lift. Be sure to post up some pictures of your jeep.

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Old 08-27-2009, 09:39 PM   #3
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x2...put em on. Even off-road, most of us run with the rear sway bar connected.
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Thanks for the replies.. I will put them in...

Quick couple questions..

You said good little lift... Did I mess up by getting a smaller lift? I dont play hard off road but have a couple friends who run 4.5" lifts and 35's and dont want to not be able to go with them. Keep in mind I currently have 31x10.50's but plan to go to 33's in near future..

I have front end done and I actually got 3.5 inches of lift.. It really made a difference standing next to it but from a distance it doesnt look anything special.. It appears that it will have a good bit of articulation..

Like I said I dont care about going crazy off road just playing around and feeling left out.. Last couple weekends I tried following but raked the trails with my belly pan..
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Quick couple questions..

You said good little lift... Did I mess up by getting a smaller lift? I..
No, just a smaller lift. Nothing wrong with it at all. But do be sure "if you got the BDS swaybar disco's" To keep them well greased. Not just the bushings but where the connect and disconnect...they like to stick.

Good looking jeep bud.
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Old 08-28-2009, 11:17 PM   #8
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Update!!!

Well I got it completed and all I can say is WOW at the difference.. Straight forward instructions and easy install on the lift. With the exception of fighting the ball joints to get them disconnected it was a cinch.. I actually gained just a bit over 3.5 inches as my springs were sagging prior to the new ones... It is an absolute blast to drive now..

funny thing.. On my test ride the front left brake locked up.. I took car enot to stress the lines and didnt mess with the brakes during install of the lift. I took to brake shop and it needed new brake line hose and caliper. Cant see how the lift had anything to do with it going bad but the timing was awful..

Another question---
When the lift flexes (heavy flexing not just a little) I hear the springs clink or pop.. Not constant just sporadic.. I have looked it over and found nothing loose or out.. Is that sound normal???

I will get some new pics soon..
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You made the right call putting the rear sway bar links in. I wouldn't ever suggest not using a rear sway bar on a road driven rig. I personally don't use one on mine, but it's trail only and trailer queen. It flexes way too much to have a rear sway bar.

The popping noise could be just the springs settling into position or you might be unseating one of them when you flex out hard and it just pops back into place.

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