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Old 10-18-2010, 01:49 PM   #1
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Swaybar Discos

I just started looking into Swaybar Disconnects, to see if I need/want them. There seems to be quite a range in price and I'm guessing quality in these products some on the cheep end from warrior were like $70, and they of course go up to a couple grand.

My question is what am I looking for in terms of quality and ease of use.

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Most use JKS. Others like me go the cheap route and make our own. Then others go the best route and buy a Currie sway bar.

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Old 10-18-2010, 03:37 PM   #3
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make my own?
built not bought?

Is there any special tools or skills involved in that or you just hack the support bar up and add a length of tubing to it?
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Old 10-18-2010, 03:46 PM   #4
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JK ANTIROCK® FRONT SWAY BAR KIT They have more expensive levels but this one will do. The only issue is you will get some additional body roll from your stock experience.
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Old 10-18-2010, 06:15 PM   #5
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Bds discos are awesome...lift up spring,swing the disco up and ur done.
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Disconnects are mostly useful in rocks, and on stumps and such. For mud and trail riding, they're largely not needed. They add a point which can fail (or several, if you want to get technical ). If you'll use them more than a couple times a year, they're a useful tool.
However, you have options:

Option A. If you're trail riding, you should already be carrying a decent toolkit. You should certainly have a wrench and some sockets. Therefore, you could remove the OEM end links at the axle end if need be. Cost: $0

Option B. Make your own, as aelwero mentioned. They're damn easy to make with relatively cheap and available parts. Take a look at the Rock Krawler ones- I could've made those myself for less (but I bought them anyway, to support a local biz, and to get a lifetime warranty, which I don't offer myself ). Some threaded rods, spherical rod ends, jam nuts, and hardware, and you're rolling. And they'd be adjustable (again, this is how RK does it! )

Option C. Buy some ready-made ones. Check out how they disconnect, and what attachment is offered. Some are pure junk (the old Rough Country were SLOWER disconnects than just removing the OEM hardware!), and some are trick (Teraflex). Also consider bushing design- my Teraflex disco's failed due to crap bushings that can't cope with Northeast salt/winterpoop, while my RK simple-simons are still rocking. A bit of silicone spray once a month, and we're golden.

Swaybar "quick" disconnects are something of a fad. They're HUGE on JK's, probably because people see the electric system on the Rubicon and assume they're missing out. 90% of Jeep owners will NEVER NEED quick disconnects. Of that 10%, probably half that do need them won't need them enough to justify the expense. I wheel a lot, and hard, and I love my simple-as-a-rock RK discos. What works for you, and anyone else, WILL differ- Mark W.
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"Option A. If you're trail riding, you should already be carrying a decent toolkit. You should certainly have a wrench and some sockets. Therefore, you could remove the OEM end links at the axle end if need be. Cost: $0"

I mentioned this method to a friend of mine and he said "that's too hard"...

and I said

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^ Lots of people think the same way- thus, the prevalence of disco's. Honestly, if my Jeep were stock height, I'd still be running stockies. Save the $100, thanks! Mark W.

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