You'll get a lot of body roll which will make cornering really unstable. I run the JKS Quicker Discos and love them for what they are. I have a time or two driven a short distance disconnected and do not like the feel. Keep in mind most of the time you're disconnected you are most likely aired down also. Which adds to the effect.
Yes you will feel more body roll disconnected. People that install stiffer suspension systems won't feel the effects as much. I personally leave mine disconnected around town. I drive fairly slow thanks to the SM 465 and don't mind a little swaying.
'97 TJ--HP Dana 60 rear w/ARB--HP Dana 44 front w/high steer and ARB--5.38 gears--SM465 tranny--RE 5.5 LA kit--4:1 t case--rollin' on 37" MTR's and Allied Beadlocks
With the front sway disconnected on a basically stock suspension with worn shocks it felt horrible to me. Thought I would roll over if I drove too fast. Now that I have the OME 2.5" HD kit I honestly can barely tell a difference with it disconnected.
2000 Jeep Wrangler Sport
4.0L / 5spd
it is extremely dangerous to drive on the highway with your swaybar disconnected.. I know that guys do it and I have done it at higher speeds on gravel roads.. When you hit a corner it feels like the opposing rear tire is coming off the ground.. Way too much body roll for this guy.. I sure do love them off road though!!
I have the quicker discos from our friends at JKS as well and I seriously think that is the first mod you should do..
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I did it once on a few mile ride to the gas station down the road from the park. Felt like I was driving a boat. Especially on the windy road.
What brings up this question?
I have not taken my jeep off road yet. Not that i was planning to when i bought it. But I remember as a kid riding thru the trails on my trail bike. I thought I would take my son and do a little trail thrashing in the "corbit" area by me. I don't believe i'll need to disconnect the sway bar, because I don't think i'll come accross anything that needs it. But just in case would like to know whats involved. I have not really takin a hard look at it. But from what my understandings are, shouldn't I be able to just buy longer bolts, then whats used, and drill a hole thru the ends to slide a clip ring on them.
To disconnect the front (always leave the rear connected) antiswaybar if you only do so very rarely, there's no need to buy anything but some plastic zip ties. Unbolt the front antiswaybar's links from where they are bolted to the front axle. Then lift the links & antiswaybar up out of the way and secure it there via the zip ties. A good location to zip tie it up to is on the top coil spring mount where it is welded to the frame. There is a small gap in front of the upper coil spring mount that is in an ideal location for passing the zip tie through to hold the swaybar up and out of the way. This takes all of 3-4 minutes with nothing more than a torx-head wrench and open-end wrench.
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This is a pic with mine disconected. I hate the feel of them disconnected on the road. There is alot more flex with them disconnected. If you look close you can see them attached to the frame right behind the front bumper and in the pic without me in it you can see where they connect down by the bottom of the spring so you can see how much extra flex you get.