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Old 09-28-2013, 03:02 PM   #1
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My TJ came with quick disconnects and they appear loose. I would assume loose isn't normal and if that's the case then they'll need replacing. Are JKS the best out there? Also is there a way to "store" them when they're disconnected? 99 TJ, 4.0, 5 spd. Stock. If I add an OME 2" lift, do the quick discos need to be longer? Thanks for any help you can offer.

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loose in what way, a little play on quick disco's seems to be pretty normal, if they are overly stiff they may no longer disconnect quickly or easily. Do you have any pictures? maybe we can identify which your currently running. They may sell bushings for them.

with a 2" lift you can probably get away with the stock link height, any higher and you would want to get longer ones. If you have quick discos on it now they are likely for a 2"-3" lift already as most places don't make one for the stock height and that extra length stiffens it up for on road use.

Honestly though, I have not had a front sway bar at all for close to 6 months now (my 6 year old daughter pulled it off for me), and even with highway driving its barely noticeable and definitely not a big deal. I actually prefer the way it corners without it, its more natural feeling.

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loose in what way, a little play on quick disco's seems to be pretty normal, if they are overly stiff they may no longer disconnect quickly or easily. Do you have any pictures? maybe we can identify which your currently running. They may sell bushings for them.

with a 2" lift you can probably get away with the stock link height, any higher and you would want to get longer ones. If you have quick discos on it now they are likely for a 2"-3" lift already as most places don't make one for the stock height and that extra length stiffens it up for on road use.

Honestly though, I have not had a front sway bar at all for close to 6 months now (my 6 year old daughter pulled it off for me), and even with highway driving its barely noticeable and definitely not a big deal. I actually prefer the way it corners without it, its more natural feeling.
JKS disconnects come in two sizes, 0" to 2" lifts and 2.5" to 6" lifts.

X2 on the pics, could be home made disconnects.
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Are JKS the best out there? Also is there a way to "store" them when they're disconnected? 99 TJ, 4.0, 5 spd. Stock.
I do like my JKS disco's. As stated above, they come in two sizes. The only problem I had with them, was that they supply an extra pin that you mount to the frame to store them on when dc'd. I kept wiping the clevis pin out and bending the pin with the inside of my tires when wheeling. I fixed that by mounting a small eye bolt up high inside the fender, then just use a short piece of light chain with both ends hooked to the open end of the eye bolt and wrapped around the disco's. I'm running wheels with a 4.25" back space....wheels with less bs probably wouldn't have the issue.
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Old 09-28-2013, 09:05 PM   #5
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I'll try to get some pics of my quick discos and post them tomorrow. Thanks.
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ID:	391033[/ATTACH]Here are a couple of pictures of my quick disconnects. The one showing the "slop" in the disco didn't work out for me, but you can twist the vertical bar side to side quite freely, exposing the bushings in the process. I have no idea what kind these are. They look pretty generic. Any input would be appreciated. I just don't know how much they should move around since I'm new to this jeep thing!
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Those look home made but not positive. Of your not wheeling it and or don't need to take them off I have some stock ones you can have if you just pay shipping. Just pm me.
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Thanks. I don't know how to go about PM-ing you since I've not done that before on the forum. I do remember the PO mentioning something like not being happy with the bushings on these quick disconnects, so I assumed he had replaced them. Now my ignorance: did TJ's come stock with these, or are these a mod? If a mod, what did they replace? Sorry to belabor this, but I'm trying to understand what I have here, if the movement means they need replacing and if so, with what. Still learning my way around this wonderful jeep.
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Those are homemade. If they are sloppy side to side its not going to affect much of anything. If the bushings are sloppy in the link you might see a bit more body roll but probably not much. TJ's didnt come with these. Here is a pic of mine that i made.

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Pardon my ignorant questions but if the TJ didn't come with these stock, or something else, why do guys put them on their jeeps? I understand that disconnected they offer more articulation when off-roading. If jeeps didn't have these stock then was it a solid sway bar on each side that came stock?
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[QUOTE="99GoldenSahara;4964313"]Pardon my ignorant questions but if the TJ didn't come with these stock, or something else, why do guys put them on their jeeps? I understand that disconnected they offer more articulation when off-roading. If jeeps didn't have these stock then was it a solid sway bar on each side that came stock?[/QUOTE

You kinda just answered yer own question. From the factory the links are just bolted to the sway bar and axle. There are several guys on here that just unbolt their sway bar links from the axles instead of bothering with the discos. I did mine just for the heck of it, but when i go off pavement i do pull the pins, unhook them, replace the pins back in the link so the bushings wont fall out then fold the link up and hold it up out of the way with a small bungee
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OK. Thanks. I think I got it now. So folks put on the quick discos for a convenient way of disconnecting the sway bars when going off road. Were the stock ones adjustable at all? I promise not to pose any more inexperienced questions, but this venue is a great way to learn things from really patient people!
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[QUOTE="99GoldenSahara;4964905"]OK. Thanks. I think I got it now. So folks put on the quick discos for a convenient way of disconnecting the sway bars when going off road. Were the stock ones adjustable at all? I promise not to pose any more inexperienced questions, but this venue is a great way to learn things from really patient people![/QUOTE


No the stock ones werent. Jeep did eventually start putting sway bar disconnects on jeeps but im not sure what year they did.
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OK. Thanks. I think I got it now. So folks put on the quick discos for a convenient way of disconnecting the sway bars when going off road. Were the stock ones adjustable at all? I promise not to pose any more inexperienced questions, but this venue is a great way to learn things from really patient people!
Dont be shy on asking questions, its the best way to learn lol

Your disconnects appear to be tereflex quick disconnects...


I had a set of those and mine were complete garbage, the bushings on mine seized up and made the whole setup so stiff it ended up bending my sway bar and breaking one of the links. These are why I no longer use them. Noticed a weird clacking noise found half a link stuck in my front spring so I had to pull the links off on where I was at a gas station. Drove it for a week or so without them, instead of replacing them I just took the sway bar off.

Thats not to say yours will have the same issue... thats just my experience with them. side to side movement is normal for links and disconnects, what you don't want is a lot of up and down play allowing the actual sway bar to move more on one side than the other. You should try disconnecting them and seeing how easy they are to get on and off, possibly re-grease them via the zerks. If they are easy to use and feel good outside of the rotation keep em, personally though I like the way mine drives without the sway bar.
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The sway bar is there to prevent body roll, and while it's nice to be able to disconnect them on trails for added flex at lower speeds, leaving them off at highway speeds can put you at more risk of rolling your Jeep if you have to make an evasive reaction.
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The sway bar is there to prevent body roll, and while it's nice to be able to disconnect them on trails for added flex at lower speeds, leaving them off at highway speeds can put you at more risk of rolling your Jeep if you have to make an evasive reaction.
100% correct.
Personally, I run the JKS discos and am extremely happy with them. They were a bit pricey but they are adjustable, have grease zerks, and very nice stow-pins when disconnected... none of that bungee or strap bs.
I will eventually get Anti-Rock but these are excellent for my uses now.
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Awesome. Thanks for all the great info and recommendations. I believe I do have the Teraflex quick discos and they will be replaced soon. I'm considering an OME ultimate suspension hybrid kit from DPG Off-road which comes with the JKS quicker disconnects. Thanks a lot.
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The sway bar is there to prevent body roll, and while it's nice to be able to disconnect them on trails for added flex at lower speeds, leaving them off at highway speeds can put you at more risk of rolling your Jeep if you have to make an evasive reaction.
In theory very true but...

I have no front sway bar, none at all. On a trip to the Cliffs this summer I had a semi jackknife in front of me, it happened so fast the semi behind me was clearly not going to make the stop in time even if I did, which I couldn't. So not only did I have to get over but over but I had to go far enough to allow the driver behind me to get over enough to not hit the guy in front of us. This meant evasive maneuvers INTO a ditch doing 70. There was a slight drop off on the off side of the shoulder and the ditch was your typical highway side drainage ditch. I was able to swerve into and out of the ditch maintain control and pass the first driver while giving the guy behind me enough room to also avoid the first driver and burn up the shoulder. I don't know how different it would have been WITH my sway bar, but without it the jeep leaned into it naturally and I was able to slide the rear out in a way that kept me from all the all unpleasant dying and rolling overness. Plus I got to hit a ditch at 70
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I'm considering an OME ultimate suspension hybrid kit from DPG
That would be an excellent choice in my opinion. I would have started with the OME Ultimate from DPG but couldn't afford it at the time. Great choice if you do go that route. There are folks on this forum who've installed it and love it.
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If i were to get another set of discos they would be JKS but with that said, my next purchase in that category will be a currie anti-rock system. Little pricy but definitely gets my vote. Wish i would have gone that route first.
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In theory very true but...

I have no front sway bar, none at all. On a trip to the Cliffs this summer I had a semi jackknife in front of me, it happened so fast the semi behind me was clearly not going to make the stop in time even if I did, which I couldn't. So not only did I have to get over but over but I had to go far enough to allow the driver behind me to get over enough to not hit the guy in front of us. This meant evasive maneuvers INTO a ditch doing 70. There was a slight drop off on the off side of the shoulder and the ditch was your typical highway side drainage ditch. I was able to swerve into and out of the ditch maintain control and pass the first driver while giving the guy behind me enough room to also avoid the first driver and burn up the shoulder. I don't know how different it would have been WITH my sway bar, but without it the jeep leaned into it naturally and I was able to slide the rear out in a way that kept me from all the all unpleasant dying and rolling overness. Plus I got to hit a ditch at 70
Wow! I like reading these posts for the great Jeep stories. Good Job of saving your Jeep.
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Wow. Either the sway bar is overrated or you are one heckuva Jeep driver. Glad you made it out of that unscathed. Bet your heart was pounding pretty good!
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Wow. Either the sway bar is overrated or you are one heckuva Jeep driver. Glad you made it out of that unscathed. Bet your heart was pounding pretty good!
I was on the phone with my wife when I saw the semi in front of me start into it, I just went "OH GOD IM GOING TO DIE" just let go of the phone, ended up throwing it into the passenger door.
Sounds worse than it actually was, the jeep handled going off the road really well and I avoided sharp steering adjustments as much as possible. It was much scarier having to call the wife back after screaming in her ear and making horrible smashing noises with the phone (it hitting the door). lol

The sway bar is a good thing and is very helpful but like all things, you need to know the vehicle in its state to drive it safely. It handles differently without it but I wouldn't say its better or worse. When it comes to emergency moments just don't panic, know where your limits are, and try to keep within them as best as possible.

One thing my dad did when I first got my license, which has probably saved my life many times over already. He took me and my brother out to meijers parking lot and we would spend an afternoon whipping donuts and do controlled sliding. Especially our first winters and each new car. Learn where its going to break loose, where it can hold, how long, how to stay calm when it is out of control, all that fun stuff.
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an Issue I have with my quick discos is the tires hit the sway bar when off road...sway bar coming off totally and going to Currie
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Your Dad was a wise man. I learned the same lesson but only in college and after a few beers! Just glad it all worked out and the Jeep performed well under your guidance. Nice to know the TJ can handle well in tough situations on road as it does off road.

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