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Old 02-16-2008, 03:59 PM   #1
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Sway Bar Disconnect?

I've searched the threads and couldn't find my answer.

I have an 02 TJ Sport with stock suspension. I'm headed to rowher flats tomorrow and want to disconnect my sway bar when I get there. I also want to re-connect the sway bar back before I get on the hwy.

How easy is it (or difficult) to disconnect and reconnect the sway bar. Would it take long?

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Old 02-16-2008, 07:31 PM   #2
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The stock ones really are not very friendly when you want them diconnected. Your best bet is to buy some aftermarket ones made by JKS(QuickerDisco's) or Rubicon Express(Gen2). I have the RE ones with mine and they work great.

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The stock ones really are not very friendly when you want them diconnected..
Az why do you say that? My stockers put away great when discoed (right on top of the spring porches)
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What the hell is a spring porch?

The reason I say that is because of the ball joint on the end that connects to the sway bar. They don't flex out of the way.

I just don't like doing anything half-assed.
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I have that page printed and folded in my back pocket.

My only dillema is that I'm wheeling tomorrow and do not have enough time to by the JKS. I'm stopping by Home depot tonight to purchase the required items for the homemade version.

I'm planning on zip tie-ing it to something once it's disconnected..not sure where yet. I'll figure it out when I get there.

Thanks for the input Gentlemen. hopefully we'll have some nice pics for u tomorrow.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:25 PM   #7
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you can loosen the sway bar end link bolts at the axle. then you can out them on the area over the upper end of the front springs. thatīll work fine.
but IMO thatīs not good in deep mud because i got to dirty when i tried to bolt-on the dirty parts after i was wheeling.
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Old 02-16-2008, 08:30 PM   #8
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when the lower sway bar end link bolts are loosen you can bnd the sway bar up and lie the end lings there over the springs:

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rowher flats - sounds pretty flat..

If you are not going to be twisting it up much - then dont' sweat it.

If you must - then just disconnect the stock one, I wouldn't go through the process of making home made disco's for one trip. Pick up a set of JKS disco's on Monday morning from someone(I know of a great place ) then spend an hour or two installing them. Now you won't ever have to fumble with the stocker again, and disconnecting will be a breeze.
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I'm sorry, spring pErches... it was a typo.
I've never had problems with that but if you like to tie them up just to make sure they wont move.

You move the link off outwards and just swing it over on top of it. Note my home made quick discos too (took me about 20 seconds to disco my stock sway bar links). I'm using a bigger pin (1/2") though so it doesnt move in the sway bar link bushing. You have to pound it in there with a small hammer.
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If you must - then just disconnect the stock one, I wouldn't go through the process of making home made disco's for one trip.
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The stock links aren't much of a pain to remove the bolt and then you're on your way. Then get the disco's you want for next time.
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Are the homemade quickdiscos not recommended by yall? I'm not going to be doing anything to extreme do you think they would work or should i just spend the fifty dollars and get the Rough Country set?
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I've seen a number of people use them without issue, I just like my snazzy silver ones.
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rowher flats - sounds pretty flat..

If you are not going to be twisting it up much - then dont' sweat it.

If you must - then just disconnect the stock one, I wouldn't go through the process of making home made disco's for one trip. Pick up a set of JKS disco's on Monday morning from someone(I know of a great place ) then spend an hour or two installing them. Now you won't ever have to fumble with the stocker again, and disconnecting will be a breeze.

On the contrary. It actually has a black diamond trail which I would like to attempt. Not sure how far I will get wioth my stock TJ, but I love challenge. The JKS quick disconnects are my solution. But I am interested in getting a 4" lift. After the lift, I will be buying the JKS. For now, I will just disconnect the stock sways.
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the JKS discos are the only that are worth their money IMO. they are the only ones that will never make noises and they donīt wear out.
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the JKS discos are the only that are worth their money IMO. they are the only ones that will never make noises and they donīt wear out.
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BTW nico how do JKS discos disconnect and connect? whats on the bottom of them? I like how the one big bolt stays on the axle but how do u disco them on the inside?
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You pull a pin and the bottom slides off. There is a bolt that stays attached to the axle mount and you just rotate them up like any other disco'd link.
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yes, i disco them on the inside. they have something like ball joints ans it goes very easy. itīs enough to push them a bit with 2 fingers.
hereīs a pic where they are disco'd:
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connected: http://runicon.de/viewer.php?albid=5...e=3&imgid=3771
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Ok thanks i see the pin. You mean like a heim joint?

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heim joint
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that was my daily new english word...
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lol i just found that the other day. Just made a thread about it in the general section..
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Are the homemade quickdiscos not recommended by yall? I'm not going to be doing anything to extreme do you think they would work or should i just spend the fifty dollars and get the Rough Country set?
I and many other people use the home made ones and they work great if you don't have the cash to buy the JKS's.

If they do wear out and I'v had mine on for about 5 months and they are still in perfect shape you can always just go pick up another set for couple bucks.

Home made discos>Removing the stock bolts

I keep my stock bolts in my console if I ever need to put them back on and want to be connected.

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I and many other people use the home made ones and they work great if you don't have the cash to buy the JKS's.

If they do wear out and I'v had mine on for about 5 months and they are still in perfect shape you can always just go pick up another set for couple bucks.

Home made discos>Removing the stock bolts

I keep my stock bolts in my console if I ever need to put them back on and want to be connected.

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Maybe some day i'll get rich and i'll try to make something like that idea JKS uses as far as the bolt on the bottom but for now my Clevis pins work perfect. I havent connected them in weeks
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I disconnected my sway's for the trail and what a traction difference it provided. When it was time to re-connect, I used the clevis pins and they worked fine. I'm going to stock with the clevis pins...no need to drop $150 for the JKS. I;m going to weld the washer to the end of the clevis pin and use a 1/2" instead of the 7/16" pins. I will grind the 1/2" pins down and sand them smooth so it will have a snug fit. By having the washer welded to the end, I don;t need to worry about it ever coming off. I might even weld a nut to the end and then weld the washer to the nut.

I'll save that $150 for my diff covers.

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I disconnected my sway's for the trail and what a traction difference it provided. When it was time to re-connect, I used the clevis pins and they worked fine. I'm going to stock with the clevis pins...no need to drop $150 for the JKS. I;m going to weld the washer to the end of the clevis pin and use a 1/2" instead of the 7/16" pins. I will grind the 1/2" pins down and sand them smooth so it will have a snug fit. By having the washer welded to the end, I don;t need to worry about it ever coming off. I might even weld a nut to the end and then weld the washer to the nut.

I'll save that $150 for my diff covers.

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I just bought some grade 8 bolts and have been using them. It takes a minute longer for me to disconnect but I don't have to wrestle with the torx from the factory and they don't wear out like the homemade discos do.

I'll eventually go with the JKSs though... or just say screw it and get an Antirock.
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This looks like a very bad idea, if you took this off road like this, you are just asking for trouble. Buy some small bungee cords or carry around a few zip ties and tie up the sway bar. It is better to be safe than sorry.

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I'm sorry, spring pErches... it was a typo.
I've never had problems with that but if you like to tie them up just to make sure they wont move.

You move the link off outwards and just swing it over on top of it. Note my home made quick discos too (took me about 20 seconds to disco my stock sway bar links). I'm using a bigger pin (1/2") though so it doesnt move in the sway bar link bushing. You have to pound it in there with a small hammer.
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I've had NO problems putting my sway bar links there. I have not had any of my links fall off the perches, not even one. If one falls off the other one will keep it up. If you dont feel safe, feel free to tie it up there with a bunjee or something but i've never had it fall off.

Now i have 4" longer sway bar links so it's impossible for it to fall on its own as they are much longer and also a lot harder to rotate to the sides to get them over the springs.

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