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Old 04-18-2009, 09:16 AM   #1
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Sway Bar/Track Bar

I'm a total newb to some of this stuff so bear with me...

The other night I was under the front end and noticed that the driver's side sway bar had disconnected and was free. The passenger's side is still connected. Thinking I was going to bolt it right back in, it's been that way for a couple days (one day was just sitting in the driveway).

Question #1: Is it ok to have one side connected and the other side not?

Question #2: The body on the disconnected side has dropped an inch or so and will have to be jacked back up to reconnect the sway bar. Is that normal or should it look different?

The track bar (I think it's the track bar) is disconnected on the passenger's side and talking to the guy who did the build on it, he thinks it was never reconnected on that side for some reason.

Question #3: Should I reconnect it, disconnect it, other?

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Thank you in advance for your expert guidance!

Rachel

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I would say to reconnect the sway bar, but to take the rest of the tracbar out. They aren't needed. I would find the one in the back and see if it is disconnected as well. If not, take it out too.

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Old 04-18-2009, 11:23 AM   #3
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A lot of YJ owners take off both trac bars. Some feel that the sway bar is needed, but I and many other people have disconnected the sway bar on our daily drivers and love it. Just don't drive like you are in a sports car with the sway bar disco'd.
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Agreed, go ahead & remove the track bars. Hang on to them though, they make good roll bar to frame connectors after they've been cut & welded in place.

Kind of like this, but this is made of tubing.(not my pic)

The swaybar should be reconnected, but not a big deal really. Just don't go throwing it hard into a corner, or you could roll it.

The rust on the frame rail in the first pic, concerns me. It's close to the steering box, & should be addressed. You certainly don't want the steering box to come off while driving!
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Buckshot, I went out and looked at the spot you see in the first picture and it looks way worse in the photo than it is. I pounded on a bit and looked around the area and it's nice and hard with no flaking or soft spots.

Thank you for your concern!

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also, you need to fix that hose thats dangling in the first pic. looks like an axle vent, you don't want that hangin in the water, your bearings in your axle will be destroyed if you get in some mud.
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Buckshot, I went out and looked at the spot you see in the first picture and it looks way worse in the photo than it is. I pounded on a bit and looked around the area and it's nice and hard with no flaking or soft spots.

Thank you for your concern!

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That's good to hear, you should check the rear ends of the frame too. Where the spring shackles connect, is sometimes a place of concern too.

Clean that rust off & paint it, if it's still sound.

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