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Old 05-26-2011, 05:46 PM   #1
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Manual sway bar disconnect - storage?

So, when I take both of the sway bar links off the axles and tie them to the side of the sway bar, what prevents the sway bar from rotating down and banging into the axle? I assume people somehow tie the bar to something, but what?

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Old 05-26-2011, 09:15 PM   #2
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I used to use cable ties. Lift the bar up and tie it on one side to anything I could. I now have proper disconnects that have a storage point.

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Zip ties, bungees, something of that sort.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:39 AM   #5
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So, I do need to make sure the sway bar is up & out of the way. The kit from Synergy is news to me. I'll look into that more. I'll also poke around under my Jeep to see what attachment points happen to be there.

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Old 05-27-2011, 05:42 AM   #6
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Yeah, if your axel manages to smash into the swinging swaybar you could get some issues....synergy also makes a kit that comes without the sway bar links, but you could head down to the hardware store and make something for alot cheaper.
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I have the Synergy kit, both adjustable links and the storage brackets. Work well after some minor mods
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WOuld you mind explaining the whole sway bar thing? I am not sure I understand what it is and how (or why for that matter) to disconnect it. I do understand that it is something you would want to do for some off road scenarios but beyoud that I have no idea.
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WOuld you mind explaining the whole sway bar thing? I am not sure I understand what it is and how (or why for that matter) to disconnect it. I do understand that it is something you would want to do for some off road scenarios but beyoud that I have no idea.
I'm certainly no expert but I will lend my limited understanding. The swaybar is necessary to keep the vehicle stable at higher speeds. However, the swaybar limits the travel of the suspension. So, if you disconnect the sway bar while off road you will get more travel in the suspension (aka flex or articulation). It helps you crawl over stuff .
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Cool. Thanks!
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I disconnected mine on Wednesday for some wheeling and it make a NIGHT AND DAY difference in how much your wheels can travel.

To answer your question if you look at your sway bar it is connected to your frame and the end links connect your sway bar to your front axle. When they are disconnected your axle has more room to move up and down. On road driving the sway bar keeps your front suspension snug to your frame. PS never drive on the road with your Sway Bar disconnected..

To disconnect use an 18MM socket and wrench and remove the bottom bolt on the end link. Ziptie to the swaybar and your good to go. Some have mention securing the actual sway bar itself up but mine didn't move at all..

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To help the explanations, it's technically called an anti-sway bar, as in, reduces the amount of sway of a vehicle. Because its a U shape, the middle attached to the chassis and the ends to each end of the axle, it allow the axle to move freely up and down both side simultaneously (for bumps like speed humps) but when the vehicle tries to lean over like fast cornering, to do this it has to twist the sway bar (one end of the U is pushed up more than the other) and the thicker the bar the more it will resist this twisting motion.

Off road you want the body to move as independantly as possible to keep the wheels planted firmly on uneven ground. Hence why people disconnect them.

You can see in the first pic I attached above the bottom of the Poly link, there is no nut on the left side, just a ring pin. Flip the ring out then pull the pin and you simply push the link off the mount and swing it up out of the way.

There are other options too, like the Curry system which has a thick and a thin bar in the one setup. You turn a knob to disconnect the thicker bar (or tube in this case) and leave connected the thinner bar. This gives a reduced anti-sway effect for offroad whilst still retaining some of the anti sway characteristics.
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I crawled under the JK with my 18mm wrenches and disconnected the sway bar, then went for a drive down the street. The with the sway bar disconnected, the jeep's handling degraded noticeably. It leans more around corners and even leans a bit to the right just due to the crown in the road.

Still, it was driveable with no sway bar so they are not absolutely required.

The links were more of a pain to disconnect than I thought they'd be and the bar's usefulness on the road is more than I though it would be. I may be investing in some quick disconnects before our CO vacation.

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Hey Keith, I live in Co and you will love the wheeling here.. what part of CO are you vacationing in. Before you come out hit traildamage.com for some trails in your area..

Also just a reference to your comment before, you can drive on road with the sway bar disconnected but your asking for trouble by doing it..... Sway bar is a critical piece to the safety of how it handles on pavement....
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Still, it was driveable with no sway bar so they are not absolutely required.
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It's driveable under normal conditions at surface street speeds. A deer running out infront of you on backroads, or even a strong gust of wind on the highway could have you roll it. Depends on your suspension setup.

Stock? You will probably just feel like you are riding on jello around the corners. Serious lift and no swaybar? Make sure your insurance covers acts of stupid.
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Hey Keith, I live in Co and you will love the wheeling here.. what part of CO are you vacationing in. Before you come out hit traildamage.com for some trails in your area..
We're heading to the Ouray area with some hopes to spend some time above tree line with the Jeep, wife, kids & camera.

By the way, do vehicles rust in CO? I used to live in NM and they did not. Here in VT, they certainly do. What about CO?

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Stock? You will probably just feel like you are riding on jello around the corners. Serious lift and no swaybar? Make sure your insurance covers acts of stupid.
Yep, mine is stock with no lift, 32" Rubi tires. Jello is a pretty good description. It just felt sort of swimmy & squishy. I'd NOT like to have it like that during any emergency maneuvers but, as has been said, normal driving with lack of aggression in the corners is just fine.

I've decided to reconnect it and only disconnect it for off road use. As I tell my wife often, "I may be a dummy, but I'm not stupid"
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