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Old 09-26-2013, 11:40 AM
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Sway Bar help!

Let me start by saying I am not mechanically inclined. I am interested in buying a 1994 YJ and the owner built it from the ground up. He uses it mostly as a trail rig but it is daily driver ready besides the fact the sway bar is disconnected. If I were to buy sway bar disconnects for it and install it they should be ready to go.

My concern is the lift. The jeep has nearly 11 inches of lift and I cannot find a package that supports that high of lift. The highest package I can find is 3.5-6 inches. Would that be fine? Or is it a lost cause as a daily driver. The picture below is of the jeep I'm interested in. Thanks in advance!

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Old 09-26-2013, 11:52 AM   #2
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If you hook the sway bar back up it will be fine. You may have to have a shop custom make the links however. But that shouldn't be more than 100$ or so. But just drive it and see if it's drivable for your daily routine. Nobody on here knows what you'll be using it for better than you. Just know it won't corner like a crotch rocket or a corvette. And if you drive it like one you will die.

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How does lift effect the links?
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I think I might have found something that could work. Any opinions?

Http://www.quadratec.com/products/16311_203.htm
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I think I might have found something that could work. Any opinions?

Http://www.quadratec.com/products/16311_203.htm
that would work, you will probably want to get some sections of tube and cut them to a longer length and use them instead of the center section to get the swaybar to its OEM angle. thats a lot of lift!
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I cant speak fore everyone else but mine are disconnected and since the YJ's have leaf springs I don't feel much of a body roll at all....
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Western I ran without mine too but with 11 inches of lift I think he'll want all the support he can get. That only looks like 8 or 10 to me. I've seen one lifted 12 and It just looked a lot bigger
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I would be far more concerned about how the spring over was done vs the sway bar hook up. I would look at how the steering is setup, what type of rear anti wrap bar is being used and what axle it has, as well as what kind of leaf packs were used.
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I guess with SOA and a 6 inch lift kit you can get lifted that high, but damn I would not use that as a daily driver. Sway bars / track bars I don't think are going to do anything for you in terms of safety or ease of driving. If it really has 11inches of lift that's not a DD.

Can you give a little more info about the jeep itself? Such as the engine/size of tires/axles/and the driveline modifications. I'm interested to see what is being run under there.
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11" of lift is fine if it has full width axles, which it looks like it does. Definitely hook up the sway bar though. I would just get JKS quick disconnects, then buy a piece of steel tubing to extend the center of them a few inches. In about an hour you will have customer length leafs that you can disconnect with the pull of a pin.
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I personally would probably pass and look for something closer to stock...
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That jeep does not have 11" of lift. It is a spring over and it looks to have 2" lift springs. There is no way those are 6" lift springs...there is not enough arch to come close to 6" springs. Measure the distance from the base of the bump stop to the top of the spring plate. That will give you a starting point to determine the total lift.
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This guy has 13in of lift for comparison



If you have a manageable amount of lift in the neighborhood of SOA with 2 inches of lift (total of about 6-7inches) i think things start to become a little more realistic in terms of a DD. You have to figure the increased wind resistance/size of tires to fit under the lift/gearing that you'd be getting 11mpg at 55-60mph depending of course on what you have. Doesn't seem DD worthy to me, but it'd be a hell of a trail rig
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If it has decent axles, has a lot of work done properly, it is not expensive or hard to swap out the springs and driveshaft to reduce the lift. Plus you could always recoup some cash selling the used springs.
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I dunno, i look at that thing, and all i see is the "Make it big" mentality. Looks like a stock cage, no fender trimming.. Like the builder put no thought into anything beyond "I've got 11 inches of lift!".

I'd be wary.

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