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Old 11-08-2011, 10:58 PM   #1
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Only owned my Jeep for about 3 weeks and was wondering what is the purpose of disconnecting the sway bar links? I no, I no don't laugh!!! Does it help keep the wheels on the ground in certain off road conditions?

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Old 11-08-2011, 11:01 PM   #2
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Only owned my Jeep for about 3 weeks and was wondering what is the purpose of disconnecting the sway bar links? I no, I no don't laugh!!! Does it help keep the wheels on the ground in certain off road conditions?
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The sway bar is designed to keep body roll to a minimum. Great when you're driving on the highway on a curvy road, not so great offroad. Disconnecting it lets the axles articulate and helps keep all the wheels planted when the ground is uneven.

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Old 11-08-2011, 11:15 PM   #3
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The sway bar is designed to keep body roll to a minimum. Great when you're driving on the highway on a curvy road, not so great offroad. Disconnecting it lets the axles articulate and helps keep all the wheels planted when the ground is uneven.
Thanks for the info I was thinking it was something like that, just needed someone to verify my thoughts.
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Old 11-09-2011, 10:57 AM   #4
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Piggybacking on the OP's question.

Shouldn't it be good for offroad,too? I imagine you want all tires on the ground during offroading?
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Piggybacking on the OP's question.

Shouldn't it be good for offroad,too? I imagine you want all tires on the ground during offroading?

Yes, thats the point of disconnecting. If the swaybar is connected, it keeps the springs from stretching as far as they can resulting in one wheel coming off the ground. Disconnecting the sway bar allows the springs to stretch all the way out leaving the axle and all wheels touching the ground for better stability during offroading.

Here is an example. I have stock suspension on 31's. With out disconnecting the right front tire would not be touching the ground in the pic, allowing the jeep to rock back and forth, but since I am disconnected, all 4 tires are firmly on the ground.

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Old 11-09-2011, 03:37 PM   #6
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Do you see how the axles are articulating and keeping all of the tires on the ground?







If i had my front sway bar connected, I would have had at least one tire in the air. The stock sway bar limits the articulation. If you were disconnected ON road then, there would be a lot of body roll with any steering movement.
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i have a question. is it possible to have enough flex for the spring to come out?
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Now that you've learned the basics, you can advance your knowledge on why being disconnected isn't ideal when you've got a coil/link suspension.

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i have a question. is it possible to have enough flex for the spring to come out?
Good question IDK but want to find out also.
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i have a question. is it possible to have enough flex for the spring to come out?
I /think/ so, but I haven't seen it personally.

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Now that you've learned the basics, you can advance your knowledge on why being disconnected isn't ideal when you've got a coil/link suspension.

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i have a question. is it possible to have enough flex for the spring to come out?
I havent seen it personally, but ive heard its possible

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