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Old 12-08-2012, 04:11 PM   #1
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anyone using the synergy Front Sway Bar Motor Relocation Kit?

I just put on a new highrock bumper and don't like the fact that the say bar disconnect motor is so exposed. Granted, it was exposed before taking off the air dam, I just know about it now

Anyway, I was looking for protection and came across this: Synergy Suspension 5410-03-08 - Synergy Suspension Front Sway Bar Motor Relocation Kit for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon & Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon JK - Quadratec

Has anyone done this? It looks like they just rotate the motor up out of the way, but it's hard to tell from the pictures. Has anyone done this? Why doesn't it come like this from the factory?

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:19 PM   #2
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I just put on a new highrock bumper and don't like the fact that the say bar disconnect motor is so exposed. Granted, it was exposed before taking off the air dam, I just know about it now

Anyway, I was looking for protection and came across this: Synergy Suspension 5410-03-08 - Synergy Suspension Front Sway Bar Motor Relocation Kit for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler Rubicon & Wrangler Unlimited Rubicon JK - Quadratec

Has anyone done this? It looks like they just rotate the motor up out of the way, but it's hard to tell from the pictures. Has anyone done this? Why doesn't it come like this from the factory?
Don't have anything to add here but am subscribed if you are going to do it. The price is sure right. Seems like a simple and effective mod. Lets us know if you get this done and take some before and after pics.

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Old 12-08-2012, 04:24 PM   #3
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Looks like a good mod. I'm in
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Old 12-08-2012, 04:39 PM   #4
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Edit: I didn't realize when I clicked on the link that the kit includes a bolt, washer, and spacer. lol
Looks like a simple solution to a common problem. I'd like to look into relocating it so I can avoid having to get the lower skid plate when I buy my PSC Brawler Lite.

If anyone is interested, HERE [PDF] are the instructions with some good photos.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:00 PM   #5
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Yeah, it's a very simple fix, you're paying about 200% markup on the hardware essentially. I'm wondering about heating issues on that electrical connector since it's really close to the radiator. And is cutting that piece out of the radiator cover an issue? Anyway, I'm hoping someone has done this and can shed some insight. To me it's a better option than any skid plate.
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:24 PM   #6
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JK Sway Bar Ground Clearance kit

I tried to buy the same type of thing from Metalcloak a week or two ago, but my order didn't process online. Check out the video though...
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Old 12-08-2012, 05:30 PM   #7
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By the way, my skid plate from JCR for the front disco was $110 plus powdercoat. A $10 bolt to relocate that thing and then cutting off the front brace for more clearance seems like a win to me.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:25 PM   #8
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awesome! Thanks for that video, that's what I thought they were doing, but it wasn't clear from the pictures in the installation pdf file. It definitely would have been easier to do this with the bumper off, which I would have known this before replacing it! I still wonder about the heat on the electronics, but I'm sure it's probably fine. It might have been nice to twist it up half way and install some sort of bracket to hold it, to avoid cutting the plastic in the radiator, but this was definitely the easiest option.
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Old 12-08-2012, 08:32 PM   #9
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Can't you flip it for free ?


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Old 12-09-2012, 03:26 PM   #10
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I looked under the Jeep and I don't have that cover on my radiator that needs to be cut on my 2012? So, I'm wondering if this was a "through 2011" mod? I also question if the sway bar disconnect will still work properly, as I have no idea what's going on inside that box.
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found out what they don't tell you either is you have to remove the crash bar, which involves cutting out the bar completely. This bar has already saved my sway bar disconnect motor, so I definitely don't think it's a good idea to do that. I'm probably going to just get some kinds of metal plate for protection instead.
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:01 PM   #12
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I bought the Synergy part but ended up using the MetalCloak part, it was one piece and seemed like it would be stronger......and it arrived quicker- on my 2012 it moves the Disco/plug pretty close to the AC condenser lines, no issues so far and the approach angle is MUCH improved with less worries about damaging the Disco (I did try to insulate the lines with vacuum tubing to prevent metal on metal contact). If you can source the parts from the local hardware store even better:





ACE Pro Bumper requires crash bar removal as well, this really serves no useful purpose and limits the approach angle (ok, it does prevent you from driving over smaller cars in case of impact but....)
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Old 12-10-2012, 10:19 PM   #13
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found out what they don't tell you either is you have to remove the crash bar, which involves cutting out the bar completely. This bar has already saved my sway bar disconnect motor, so I definitely don't think it's a good idea to do that. I'm probably going to just get some kinds of metal plate for protection instead.
What "crash bar" are you talking about? I didn't see or hear anything in the video, or in the pdf, that mentions...?
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Old 12-11-2012, 07:55 AM   #14
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I found these photos from TX Sasquatch and his ACE bumper install.

The crash bar is the horizontal bar that connects the frame ends. Some people argue that its useless when you upgrade to a steel bumper, but its necessary when your running the plastic stock bumper.


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Old 12-11-2012, 12:42 PM   #15
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Yeah that is the extra piece. Are those only on Rubicons? I thought that was the case because of the electric disco motor. I am still thinking that there is no real reason not to rotate that up and cut that bar out of the way and not run the skid. Just seems like weight savings and clearance to me. What about in an actual on road accident though? Does some insurance company freak out if they found out that you removed it? In the case of someone else hitting you, does their insurance try to use this as a reason to not cover? This was my only thought. Down the road, I want to get the TnTcustoms front and rear bumper that require an extra 5 inches of frame to be removed from the front and a few off the back too. But, for an on road rig I have wondered about the additional issues that it might create. Taking nearly a foot off of an unlimited is appealing though.
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Old 12-11-2012, 01:42 PM   #16
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For your insurance company to give you any grief the adjuster would have to know that its missing. The chances that an adjuster even knows that a bar belongs there would be very very slim. It would really have to be another Jeep fanatic who would probably let it slide if it came down to it. I wouldn't worry about if your running an aftermarket steel bumper, its pretty much useless at that point.
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Old 03-16-2013, 09:07 PM   #17
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I ended up going with a skid. That bar does protect the sway bar disconnect on the Rubicon, so I left it... $69

OR-FAB 87007 - OR-FAB Front Sway Bar Disconnect Skid Plate for 07-13 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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Old 09-13-2013, 04:40 PM   #18
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You can do it yourself with a bolt from your local hardware store.

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