Yep thats normally. You didn't disconnect the sway bar did you? I would invest in some jkks quick disconnects. That way when your ready to wheel just disconnect real quick when your done connect it again and be on your way. As for the track bars make sure you have good bushings before you remove them but yes track bars are not needed on a leaf sprung vehicle. It will increase the flex and help the ride. A track bar is to keep the axle centered under the vehicle but since you have 4 leaf springs all around those leaf springs do not need any help to keep the axle centered. On a tj you MUST have track bars because those coil springs wont hold that axle center at all.
I've been told if you do alot of highway driving take the trac bars off but not the sway bar. And I took off the front and rear trac bars and it's good on the highway and I drive about 30 miles to work and 30 miles back home every day on the highway and it's fine. But I won't dare take the sway bar off. But that's me.
While I don't have the trac-bar or sway bar hooked up on mine I would say for the highway its a good idea for the swaybar. If you have to make a fast lane change or a fast steering move you will know its not hooked up.
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