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Old 12-20-2013, 08:56 AM   #1
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Question Track/Sway Bar Pros & Cons

So I've heard that removing the track/sway bar from a YJ can give a better ride, help suspension flex better, etc.

Can anyone tell me some pros & cons of this mod? I only do a little bit of off-roading because my Jeep is my only vehicle.

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Old 12-20-2013, 10:41 AM   #2
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I'm not usually one to say use the search feature but there is sooooooo much info on here about this. My personal opinion is to get rid of them no matter what you do with your jeep. But do some research on here about it. Like I said there is a wealth of information.

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Old 12-20-2013, 10:49 AM   #3
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Old 12-20-2013, 10:53 AM   #4
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Yeah, this has been discussed alot
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IMHO, this is the type of mod you'd make after you've been wheeling a time or two and then see the 'need' for it. Understanding why you make such a modification, and what it will do or not do really determines whether or not you should do it, not just on hear-say or because everyone else is doing it.
Personally, it's a JEEP! and I would remove both. But how do you drive? Highway? Safety issues? Without going over all the details again, explore the forum and see what others have said about it - good points on both sides.

I hate the idea of removing perfectly good parts ... break 'em first!
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Old 12-21-2013, 05:58 AM   #5
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Put a Genright rear sway bar on, it will give you all the safety needed for the road an also all the flex of not having the stock track and sway bars. With this system you remove the front on rear factory bars and only run their rear.
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Old 12-24-2013, 09:38 PM   #6
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I got rid of the track bar and put quick disconnects sway bars on my daughters. Works great!
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Old 12-24-2013, 10:47 PM   #7
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I put a jks telescoping track bar on the front and sway bar disconnects
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:50 AM   #8
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I put a jks telescoping track bar on the front and sway bar disconnects
Well I guess if you like spending money on useless stuff that's good too. Track bars do nothing but cause binding.
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Old 12-25-2013, 10:03 AM   #9
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I pulled mine off and took them to the scrap yard.lol Gained 3-4 inches of flex. All I do is wheel mine and I drive like a grandma on the road for the most part..

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Old 12-25-2013, 11:08 AM   #10
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I put mine in here ~17 years ago for safe keeping. They are still there & nobody has stolen them or offered $ for them, so I think they'll stay there.

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I had a guy tell me his buddy took of the track bars and his springs twisted for lack of a better word. Apparently almost swerved off the road. Anyone else heard of this?
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I love to spend money...especially if it adds safety on the road after having my god son flip a jeep on the street that didn't have a front or rear track bar and had body roll. I had rather have it locked on the road and telescoping off road...

But then again I like to spend money on useless stuff such as safety

It amazes me that Currie and GenRight run sway bars on their rigs....what a waste....I mean you think these guys would know better, right.

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Well I guess if you like spending money on useless-stuff that's good too. Track bars do nothing but cause binding.
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I love to spend money...especially if it adds safety on the road after having my god son flip a jeep on the street that didn't have a front or rear track bar and had body roll. I had rather have it locked on the road and telescoping off road...

But then again I like to spend money on useless stuff such as safety

It amazes me that Currie and GenRight run sway bars on their rigs....what a waste....I mean you think these guys would know better, right.
Track bars don't stop body roll BTW.

Currie and genright run anti rock swaybars, totally different purpose then normal sways.
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I had a guy tell me his buddy took of the track bars and his springs twisted for lack of a better word. Apparently almost swerved off the road. Anyone else heard of this?
As long as you have good bushings there are no need to track bars. Track bars are a bandaid for a bigger issues.
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What is their purpose if it isn't to provide assistance as a sway bar then. I'm no engineer but I was under Gen Rights crawler at SEMA this year speaking with them about their products especially the rear sway bar application. My conversation with them led me to think it performed much like sway bar but still allowed maximum articulation.

Also for the poster who started the thread, from what he says he uses his Jeep for I would not remove any of it.

If he did and it is a street vehicle I would suggest a telescoping track bar and sway bar disconnects but I don't know much about jeeps just what I read on Wikipedia.

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Currie and genright run anti rock swaybars, totally different purpose then normal sways.
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What is their purpose if it isn't to provide assistance as a sway bar then. I'm no engineer but I was under Gen Rights crawler at SEMA this year speaking with them about their products especially the rear sway bar application. My conversation with them led me to think it performed much like sway bar but still allowed maximum articulation.

Also for the poster who started the thread, from what he says he uses his Jeep for I would not remove any of it.

If he did and it is a street vehicle I would suggest a telescoping track bar and sway bar disconnects but I don't know much about jeeps just what I read on Wikipedia.
The antirock is an offroad sway bar it is designed to increase off road capability. If you read Currie's website they specifically state you will have on road body roll.

I would recommend if you dd your rig take off the track bar but keep the sway bars. With the track bars off you notice an increase in ride without a decrease in safety.
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Old 12-25-2013, 07:07 PM   #17
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Let me start off saying this us not directed at the OP or anyone who has posted. This is for those who may read this post.

I can't believe I'm writing this since I have removed all that extra metal, but for a jeep that only sees pavement I'd suggest keep it all on.

The reason is, it takes a driver who understands the limits of a jeep to keep all 4 wheels rubber side down. I'm tired of hearing about some young kid who thinks he's in a Porsche rolling his jeep and then pointing his finger at the jeep and saying it's unsafe.

If you don't understand you have a high COG vehicle which cannot be driven like a sports car, please don't get in a jeep and make us all suffer the legislation resulting from your ignorance. Keep it stock and enjoy!

For the OP, since you do "some" off roading I'd take it off or do as Jorzar did and get disco's.
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Old 12-25-2013, 09:51 PM   #18
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As far as the trac bars go there is no other vehicle with leaf springs that was manufactured with trac bars, so is every other manufacture wrong or is jeep wrong? There are no sway bars there is only one stock and the sway bar is what helps keep the body roll under control. If someone says that removing the trac bars doesn't improve the ride then they don't drive their jeep very much because it is night and day difference.
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Old 12-26-2013, 12:45 AM   #19
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so taking the track bars off the rear of the jeep will make the ride quality better ? and keeping the sway bars on making the jeep safer on the road? so with quick disconnects is the way to go for off roading ?
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so taking the track bars off the rear of the jeep will make the ride quality better ? and keeping the sway bars on making the jeep safer on the road? so with quick disconnects is the way to go for off roading ?
Pretty much yes, some people like myself take both track bars, and the sway bar off as well. I like the ride, and I have been in some tricky situations on the highway and I was able to handle it. But that's just my opinion and experience...
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I have no track bar on my rear hi-pinion currie 9", I am planning to add the GenRight rear sway bar.

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The antirock is an offroad sway bar it is designed to increase off road capability. If you read Currie's website they specifically state you will have on road body roll.

I would recommend if you dd your rig take off the track bar but keep the sway bars. With the track bars off you notice an increase in ride without a decrease in safety.
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The track bars were off my 87 (lifted) when I bought it and about a month ago I disconnected the sway bar. Wow! Night and day difference in ride. Yes I can feel the front end roll into corners a bit more but nothing bad. Yes the Jeep will be less controllable if I decide to suddenly swerve at "high" speeds but.......my Jeep doesn't react that quickly anyway. LOL.
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The best advice is pull them off, drive it, if you like it keep them off. If you don't consider the options of disconnects or a front telescoping track bar. That is if you like the on road performance with the parts installed but don't mind taking the time to disconnect and turn the bolt on the telescoping bar.

Each persons experience will be different based upon their driving style and needs for off road performance.
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As far as the trac bars go there is no other vehicle with leaf springs that was manufactured with trac bars, so is every other manufacture wrong or is jeep wrong? There are no sway bars there is only one stock and the sway bar is what helps keep the body roll under control. If someone says that removing the trac bars doesn't improve the ride then they don't drive their jeep very much because it is night and day difference.
not true. big ford pickups have them on the rear.
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mine have been off since i put new lift springs under mine a few years ago and they will never go back on,,
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Just took mine off yesterday. I think the ride is much better. I still feel every bump, but they are certainly softer than before. I saw that my sway bar bushings are shot, so I'm going to remove it and see what it's like without it. If it feels weird or squirrelly, I'll put it back on with new bushings.

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