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Old 05-31-2010, 07:03 PM   #1
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Talking Homemade Sway Bar Quick Disconnects...

After doing some wheelin at the lake yesterday I decided I needed to make a pair of quick disconnects. Went to the hardware store this morning, got the parts for under $10 and put them on.. they work great! Everybody needs to do this!

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Were there supposed to be pic?

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Old 05-31-2010, 07:31 PM   #3
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Yes, pics would be nice.
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sorry guys, gettin the pics now
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Here is the pics and the list of parts I used.
2 - 2-1/2"x7/16" Clevis Pins
2 - Cotter Pin
4 - 7/16" Grade 5 or better washers
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Only thing with that is, I've heard some reports of snapping the clevis pins...though that doesn't seem too likely...and you need to change the pin out every few months because the head gets worn out on it and then the pin slips out. It's a decent mod for those on a budget who can't afford a nice set of discos.
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i did this and you NEED to get the highest grade parts you can grade 5 ain't gonna last more than a few months. everything i have is grade 8, and some times you might need to add another washer to make sure that there is a snug fit, if not its just gonna get knocked around and ends up breaking.
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Only thing with that is, I've heard some reports of snapping the clevis pins...though that doesn't seem too likely...and you need to change the pin out every few months because the head gets worn out on it and then the pin slips out. It's a decent mod for those on a budget who can't afford a nice set of discos.
I agree, I plan on inspecting it/using it a lot so I'll be checking it often. Not really the money issue... I was at the hardware store anyways and thought screw it...why not try it.
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i did this and you NEED to get the highest grade parts you can grade 5 ain't gonna last more than a few months. everything i have is grade 8, and some times you might need to add another washer to make sure that there is a snug fit, if not its just gonna get knocked around and ends up breaking.
Yah I bought grade 8 on all three parts. The list of parts I copy and pasted off of 4x4xplore.com. I did notice a very very slight amount of play so I'll pick up another washer tomorrow. Thanks for the advice! What I did, which I think is smart, I went and bought 2 extra pins to carry with me in my car at all times in case something snapped. Maybe overkill, but could save me in the end
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What is the point in having a quick disconnect on the sway bars???
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What is the point in having a quick disconnect on the sway bars???
while off roading, people disconnect the front sway bar so they get better flex. the quick disco's just make doing that easier.
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better flex keeps your wheels on the ground (for the most part) therefore giving you traction to get over tough obsticles, there definatly a difference when offroad connected and disconected
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Yah I bought grade 8 on all three parts. The list of parts I copy and pasted off of 4x4xplore.com. I did notice a very very slight amount of play so I'll pick up another washer tomorrow. Thanks for the advice! What I did, which I think is smart, I went and bought 2 extra pins to carry with me in my car at all times in case something snapped. Maybe overkill, but could save me in the end


I ordered everything from McMaster-Carr in bulk, got 12 coder pins and 12 clevis pins, get the washers from home depot.
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Rogue, where did you find the grade 8 parts?
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Rogue, where did you find the grade 8 parts?

I second that............
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You could prolly find grade 8 stuff at Tractor Supply... I'm not 100% sure on that, but I would think since people use some of that stuff on some pretty heavy machinery, they'd have grade 8 available for that purpose.
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Those really aren't "cotter pins" per say. They're more commonly called Jesus clips in my experience. Also quick disconnects come with snap pins which are available at OSH. They're a lot stronger and are less likely to get caught on something and pulled off because the ring snaps closed over the pin.
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Those are a lil different from "Jesus Clips"...when you pull those off (or if they come loose), they don't go flying...lol.

The snap pins you're talking about I think are also known as lynch pins...

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Rogue, where did you find the grade 8 parts?
I got them at the local Ace Hardware store
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Great Idea man. Whats the inside diameter on the end of the sway bar links though? So I know what diameter pin to get.
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Those are a lil different from "Jesus Clips"...when you pull those off (or if they come loose), they don't go flying...lol.

The snap pins you're talking about I think are also known as lynch pins...

Those are the snap pins. Cotter pins are the ones that are bigger on one end and spread apart with pliers to keep them fron falling out.
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Great Idea man. Whats the inside diameter on the end of the sway bar links though? So I know what diameter pin to get.
get a 7/16th pin
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Got this put on the other day and the hardest part of it was finding the part. I finally found them at Tractor Supply but they still had to order me grade 8 adjustable clevis pins. It works great thought.
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These are the pins that came with my JKS Quicker Discos. Love them. They work perfectly (the clips and the discos) and are well worth the $140 I paid for them.

These are the clips that came with my original Full Traction discos. They were alright, but were bulky and did get caught up when in tall grass. I ended up getting rid of the FT discos for JKS and haven't regretted a single minute of it......

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Here it is, my first real mod. I couldn't find a grd 8 or stainless pin after spending way too many hours, so I made these using grade 8 bolts (trimmed to size).
I'm planning a trip in Oct. and wanted to get this mod done early.
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OK got the image to load, harder to do than the mod.
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any one find the grade pins?
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Jeep Homemade Swaybar Disconnects

I actually stopped at tractor supply yesterday to get the parts, then realized how little this is worth it after you take into account the damage that 4x4xplor found after a year. The time it takes to unbolt the t-55s is nothing in comparison to the resulting crash and/or damage that can happen when this fails. All of the hardware can be found there, just it takes a minute to look (that said, I hate Tractor Supply). Those ring pins you're looking (circle red) are what are called linch pins.

Tractor Supply had everything I needed, I just personally don't want to do it, especially after considering 4x4s issue. It takes 2 minutes to unbolt the T-55 link, and even then, you can do it at home if you're driving there as long as you're not going on the highway. Save up for the JKS Quick Disco
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i had to get my pins out of my discos yesterday with a crowbar and a hammer! might do this mod with the new bars!
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hmmmmmm..... mental note: book mark this thread for future reference.

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