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Old 08-23-2014, 12:02 AM   #1
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I took my front track bar off (plan on taking off the rear next weekend) but I don't notice any difference in my jeeps flex. Am I missing something? Are there more things I need to take off? I also need to be able to drive 60+ mph without trouble

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Do you mean sway bar? I would not want to be in a Jeep with no track bar.

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Old 08-23-2014, 12:19 AM   #3
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Is the sway bar still connected?
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:36 AM   #4
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Do you mean sway bar? I would not want to be in a Jeep with no track bar.
No I meant the track bar

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Is the sway bar still connected?
Ya the say bar is still connected. Would that really make that much of a difference?
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Old 08-23-2014, 01:54 AM   #5
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It'll make world of a difference. The ride will be a lot more smoother.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:46 AM   #6
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Do you mean sway bar? I would not want to be in a Jeep with no track bar.
They're not required on a leaf spring vehicle. They are a necessity on your TJ.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:17 PM   #7
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It'll make world of a difference. The ride will be a lot more smoother.
It will be smoother if I take the away bar off? I heard that about the track bar but not about the sway bar
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:30 PM   #8
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Depends on what kind of flex you are looking for. The track bars can come off, they limit everything and provide nothing in return. Taking the sway bar off will allow more flex, but requires a little carefulness when driving. You cant race around a corner with no sway bar on, or it will get squirrely and could cause you to crash.

If you drive sensible, the sway bar isn't needed either. I haven't had mine on for atleast 10 yrs. And I have never crashed. But it does drive different without it.

But you still will be limited on flex, a YJ will not flex like a TJ or any other coil spring ride out there. Just isn't going to happen. You are riding on 4 spring steel leaf springs on a short wheel based vehicle. Flex is going to be limited. Losing the track bars and the sway bar isn't going to make it into an instant rock crawler.
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Old 08-23-2014, 12:45 PM   #9
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In a vehicle that uses leafs springs does not need a trac bar. It prevents the axle from swaying side to side corresponding to the body. I removed mine but it's only noticeable on highway if the jeep is loaded down. I advise making stronger shackles if you remove them. It will make it handle like if it had them still. I would advise not to take out the sway bar if you are going highway at all but that is your choice if u want to or not. I made a sway bar disconnect for mine and if I want to crawl I just disconnect it and get major flex.

This is a list of what I did to mine to make it crawl very well: I re packed springs with one more master with eye cut off for more support at the ends. Did the SOA, lengthened drive shaft 5/8 inch, longer brake lines shocks and pitman arm. If you take track are out they are bent perfect to weld and make a killer axle wrap bar (latter bar) if you want pictures and explanation on that I can post them. Mine handles great on highway. Total of 7 1/2 inches of lift, major flex, with latter bar and re packing springs I haven't gone through springs at all, and it flexes a lot. I have to jack the box up 6 inches before my tire starts to lose pressure on the ground. Very happy with it. If you have any questions just ask. I know we build them different this is how I chose and respect how you choose to fix it up hope this is helpful. Thanks
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I really have no idea of what's found dangerous of taking a curb with no sway bar. The exit offramp to my house is a nice almost circular curve that I take without slowing much. No sway bar or track bars is what I tell all yj owners. Never heard a complaint about them saying it felt unsafe to drive at hwy speeds.
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I really have no idea of what's found dangerous of taking a curb with no sway bar. The exit offramp to my house is a nice almost circular curve that I take without slowing much. No sway bar or track bars is what I tell all yj owners. Never heard a complaint about them saying it felt unsafe to drive at hwy speeds.
Same here. No sway bar or trac bar and handles corners better than most cars ive driven. But thats with stiffer lift springs, stock springs might roll more.
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Old 08-23-2014, 02:25 PM   #12
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In a vehicle that uses leafs springs does not need a trac bar. It prevents the axle from swaying side to side corresponding to the body. I removed mine but it's only noticeable on highway if the jeep is loaded down. I advise making stronger shackles if you remove them. It will make it handle like if it had them still. I would advise not to take out the sway bar if you are going highway at all but that is your choice if u want to or not. I made a sway bar disconnect for mine and if I want to crawl I just disconnect it and get major flex. This is a list of what I did to mine to make it crawl very well: I re packed springs with one more master with eye cut off for more support at the ends. Did the SOA, lengthened drive shaft 5/8 inch, longer brake lines shocks and pitman arm. If you take track are out they are bent perfect to weld and make a killer axle wrap bar (latter bar) if you want pictures and explanation on that I can post them. Mine handles great on highway. Total of 7 1/2 inches of lift, major flex, with latter bar and re packing springs I haven't gone through springs at all, and it flexes a lot. I have to jack the box up 6 inches before my tire starts to lose pressure on the ground. Very happy with it. If you have any questions just ask. I know we build them different this is how I chose and respect how you choose to fix it up hope this is helpful. Thanks
Ya I would love pictures of what you did. I don't really know what you mean by "latter bar" or re packing springs
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I think he's talking about a torsion bar, it keeps leaf sprung axles in place when torque is applied. It mostly has to do with high horsepower vehicles. Repacking the leafs consist of either adding, combining or taking leafs from the pack in order to reach a certain smoothness pr stiffness.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:13 AM   #14
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The latter bar just prevents axle wrap cuz I still have close to stock springs and I get a lot of axle wrap. Pictures below. Re packing springs is where you take apart you leaf pack and discard the old worn out leafs and add new ones. I ended up with more than stock about of leafs in the springs.
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