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Old 07-06-2012, 12:54 PM   #1
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Question Lifted '07 JKU Swaybar Question

I have a Sport Model '07 JK Unlimited I bought used last year. It already had 33" tires and a lift (2.5" I think) that I am coming to find out was done on the cheap. I have a question about my front sway bar. I have searched the forum links and I think I already know the answer to my question but I just need some adult guidance.

As I was doing some minor off-roading the other day, I hit some pretty good bumps and the front end came off the ground a couple of times. After one, I found the steering was "squishey" and felt like there was allot of play. I was only 1/4 mile from home so I limped back. Looking under the front end I found the sway bar had shifted and instead of the sway bar links pointing upward, they were pointing downward and actually rubbing on the tie rod! I jacked the front end and with little difficulty, managed to get the sway bar and links in the proper configuration. Nothing seemed to be damaged.

My question is this: When the PO lifted the Jeep, should he have put longer sway bar links to keep this from happening? (My sway bar is not as horizontal as in the picture below, it bends downward at a slight angle) Is all I need to do is to change out the sway bar links to get the sway bar more horizontal, or is there something more serious at play here?

I've attached a generic picture but I won't be able to get a pic of my rig until tomorrow, if anyone thinks it's necessary.

Thanks in advance for anyone's thoughts.


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Yes. you want your sway bar parallel to the ground +- 5*.

and yes, with a 2.5" lift you should have moved or the old owner should have moved the rears to the front and installed a longer set supplied with the kit generally in the rear.

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the problem with sway bar links being to short is you will bind the sway bar and end up tweaking or bending something whether its the sway bar links or sway bar. typically ive seen the links get taco'd and trashed but i have seen a rubicon blow it's motor up on the trail...
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Disconnect when you are wheeling

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Yes. you want your sway bar parallel to the ground +- 5*.

and yes, with a 2.5" lift you should have moved or the old owner should have moved the rears to the front and installed a longer set supplied with the kit generally in the rear.
Thant's what I thought, thanks.

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I guess it's time to buy some quick disconnects.
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Or Currie Antirocks or Teraflex dual rate sway bar or ORO Swayloc.

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Or Currie Antirocks or Teraflex dual rate sway bar or ORO Swayloc.

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Aaaarrrrgggg! So many options.

Makes me feel like I'm at the soft drink aisle at the market.
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I finally got a chance to crawl under my rig and get a couple of pics. I don't like the look of the driver's side. It looks like have some new sway bar links in my future.
Thanks for all the advice, guys. This forum is awsome!
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