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Old 06-23-2011, 12:34 PM   #1
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Why do you disconnect sway bar while offroading

And how hard is it to do.. Thanks

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Old 06-23-2011, 12:36 PM   #2
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More flexibility in suspension I think. I have never done it but I hear it is really easy. Like a 5 min or less job.

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What's the reason for not always having it disconnected then
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:44 PM   #4
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It provides stability when driving on road. Huge difference in vehicle stability needs on and off road.
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Thanks very much
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Your welcome. Double check me though as I am not a suspension expert.
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Old 06-23-2011, 12:58 PM   #7
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You disconnect the swaybar for articulation when rock crawling. Never drive on road or higher speed with these disconnected as you will lose all stability. I've been told not to bother by someone who has been rock crawling for many years unless you have the clearance for the wheels and need it for gnarly rock crawling.
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I looked at your profile and see that you have the sport. That doesn't come stock with sway bar disconnect. The Rubicon comes with remote operated sway bar disconnect. Manual disconnect can be installed or you may consider one of the remote kits if you need that capability. When I go off road and the trail that is planned is gnarly, I disconnect going off road and re-connect going back on road. On some of the trails that I have been on there is a lot of vertical and lots of rocks in general. But that's New England for you.

Disconnecting the sway bar allows the axle to be at a pretty good angle and not throw the body over. It allows the wheels to flex pretty good. You will see pictures of folks on rocks in the forums with one wheel way up and the other way down. That is the result of the sway bar being disconnected. It allows the tires to stay in contact with the terrain.
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I looked at your profile and see that you have the sport. That doesn't come stock with sway bar disconnect. The Rubicon comes with remote operated sway bar disconnect. Manual disconnect can be installed or you may consider one of the remote kits if you need that capability.
To be clear though, while your Rubicon has an electronic push-button sway bar disconnect, the Sport will allow for manually disconnecting the sway bar. It's very easy. Two wrenches, or a socket and a wrench, is all that's required. Simple.

That said, I've never bothered for the trail-type riding I do. I don't need the extra articulation.
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The elec disconnect is one reason I wanted the Rubicon but I hear if you have to fit the electric system it gets pricey....so I stuck with my sport.
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Old 06-23-2011, 02:08 PM   #11
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As stated above, disconnecting the sway bar is very easy on the sport. If you have enough aptitude to change a tire, you can disconnect the sway bar. While it is typically known as something for the "rock crawlers", it is a good idea to do it if you are heading down any gnarly trails. It can be the difference between two front tires on the ground vs. one front tire...and one front tire on the ground means the front axle is useless for forward motion.
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I'm not saying to disconnect it on road use, but many vehicles use to come without them, and I see a lot of people now that disconnect them for good. If you disconnect it, your Jeep will "roll" a lot more on turns and is more prone to rolling over. So only do it at slow speeds, as it's for your safety.
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Everything said was true; a disconnected antiswaybar will allow lots of articulation.

My Power Wagon has e-disco as does the Rubi in this video. The two Toyota products don't and have independant front suspensions. Watch the front wheels/tires of these 4 trucks as they negotiate this snotty road
The idea is to keep as much rubber in contact with the ground as much as possible.

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I have to disagree with the post that says it is for rock crawling. If you haven't disconnected your sway bar then give it a try on ANY trail and you will see a difference. Swaybars are for cornering on flat surfaces. With the bar connected a bump on either tire will compress both springs, giving you a harsh ride. With the sway bar disconnected the individual spring is compressed so you get a much softer ride. Give it a try. It will be well worth your effort and you will run out and gets some quick disconnects for future use.
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I have to disagree with the post that says it is for rock crawling. If you haven't disconnected your sway bar then give it a try on ANY trail and you will see a difference. Swaybars are for cornering on flat surfaces. With the bar connected a bump on either tire will compress both springs, giving you a harsh ride. With the sway bar disconnected the individual spring is compressed so you get a much softer ride. Give it a try. It will be well worth your effort and you will run out and gets some quick disconnects for future use.
I'm confused by this post. Are you saying that you would run disconnected on road to mitigate bumps?
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I'm confused by this post. Are you saying that you would run disconnected on road to mitigate bumps?
no, hes sayin on trail rides it will make is smoother and i agree, i disconnet everytime im off road even if its not a lot of rocks, its a much smoother ride and the jeep doesnt feel like it tips over as much on bumps
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no, hes sayin on trail rides it will make is smoother and i agree, i disconnet everytime im off road even if its not a lot of rocks, its a much smoother ride and the jeep doesnt feel like it tips over as much on bumps
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Disconnect them on the freeway or at high speeds at your own risk as stated by others. Swaybars are for driving on the street.
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no, hes sayin on trail rides it will make is smoother and i agree, i disconnet everytime im off road even if its not a lot of rocks, its a much smoother ride and the jeep doesnt feel like it tips over as much on bumps
X2 on this one. When you are off road, you generally do not go very fast unless you are into beating up on your jeep. So, yes, as soon as my sneakers are off of pavement I'm disco'd.
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Everything said was true; a disconnected antiswaybar will allow lots of articulation.

My Power Wagon has e-disco as does the Rubi in this video. The two Toyota products don't and have independant front suspensions. Watch the front wheels/tires of these 4 trucks as they negotiate this snotty road
The idea is to keep as much rubber in contact with the ground as much as possible.

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I agree with disconnecting. I dont do rock crawling, but I do disconnect whenever off road, even on the beach. The ride is so much better and traction is heaps better too given the wheels stay in contact with the ground more.

I used to just unbolt but got sick of that pretty quickly so since I needed longer sway bar links due to a lift I got disconnects. Takes about 30 seconds to disconnect (pull the pin each side and swing them up to the storage pegs and put the pin back in) and not much longer if on level ground to reconnect. A second person helps to stand on the steps on one side if the ground isnt level!!

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I'm confused by this post. Are you saying that you would run disconnected on road to mitigate bumps?
I disco any time a dirt road is bumpy; the dog and wife appreciate it.
I'll also go into 4wd sooner than many of my friends in an effort to preserve the trail a bit.
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Finally lifted my jk and got the quick discos. As all my previous experience off road was on the stock set up so here's a question....

Would you guys and gals disconnect the front sway bar for driving on the steeper dunes?.....even though the sand may be relatively smooth?
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I agree with disconnecting. I dont do rock crawling, but I do disconnect whenever off road, even on the beach. The ride is so much better and traction is heaps better too given the wheels stay in contact with the ground more.

I used to just unbolt but got sick of that pretty quickly so since I needed longer sway bar links due to a lift I got disconnects. Takes about 30 seconds to disconnect (pull the pin each side and swing them up to the storage pegs and put the pin back in) and not much longer if on level ground to reconnect. A second person helps to stand on the steps on one side if the ground isnt level!!

How much does the quick disconnects cost?
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Finally lifted my jk and got the quick discos. As all my previous experience off road was on the stock set up so here's a question....

Would you guys and gals disconnect the front sway bar for driving on the steeper dunes?.....even though the sand may be relatively smooth?
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I wouldn't. You will lose valuable stabilty. Disconnecting the sway bars is for off camber situations at low speed. You're going to want wheel speed and momentum when driving in soft sand. It's very unlikely you would be in a situation where one front wheel would be up and one would be farther down than the sway bar allows.
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Do you guys honestly believe that your Jeep becomes a rolling death machine with the sways disconnected? If so, what are you basing that on? I've driven many cars and trucks that didn't have them at all and it really isn't that bad. The purpose of sway bars is to reduce body roll in corners. They really don't have much to do with stability just driving down the road.
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I have a TJ, as you can see, and my sway bar connectors are help on by the nut at the top. If i were to unscrew the nut on top, what will happen? Will the Jeep drop a couple inches? And how would i get back on? And the sway bar connectors go up and the nut is on top inside a hole type thing.
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I have a TJ, as you can see, and my sway bar connectors are help on by the nut at the top. If i were to unscrew the nut on top, what will happen? Will the Jeep drop a couple inches? And how would i get back on?
If it does, you have other serious issues. The sway bar is to reduce body roll in cornering and such. As long as your on level ground you should be able to bolt back up. Most people undo the bottom bolt, swing up the link, and strap in in place when disconnected.

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