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.