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Old 09-17-2006, 02:27 AM   #1
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To sway or not to sway

First jeep. Loving it so far. I need new sway brackets but I heard somewhere that you can take the sway bar off and gain a bit more flex when wheeling. Pros and cons to taking it off and leaving it off. It is driven daily but only about 5 miles to pick up my son or groceries? Thanks.

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Old 09-17-2006, 09:54 AM   #2
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Welcome. Most people do one of two things: 1. dissonnect/remove the two bolts holding the sway bar rods to the axle bracket, and they shove the arms up into the the fender and tie them off. Or buy after market quick dissconnects which do the same thing but in theory faster to get on and off. I ran without mine for a while, makes it fell likes your driving a jello jeep on the street, but it can be done. You just need to know what its going to do, and let others know about it should they drive it. I wouldn't think the brackets would or should cost that much to replace. And a third option is the currie anti rock system which replaces the whole sway bar system, so you don't have to dissconnect.

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I would ONLY consider removing (disconnecting) the front sway bar while off-raod, so the suspension will flex enough to keep all 4 tires on the ground.

On road, you NEED it, especially if you keep the rear connected, or you will experience over-steer (the rear will feel "loose" and want to come around on sharp, or slippery corners).

I would not ever REMOVE the sway bar. For $129 you can buy quick-disconnect sway bar links, but would only bother is you really need the additional suspension articulation off-road.

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First jeep. Loving it so far. I need new sway brackets but I heard somewhere that you can take the sway bar off and gain a bit more flex when wheeling. Pros and cons to taking it off and leaving it off. It is driven daily but only about 5 miles to pick up my son or groceries? Thanks.
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For the street, it's really very strongly advised to keep the front antiswaybar connected. It doesn't take that much time to disconnect or reconnect it. I've driven a few times where I forgot to reconnect my front antiswaybar (before switching to Currie's Antirock) and the handling and body roll is much worse, enough so that I pulled over and reconnected it.

Never disco the rear antiswaybar. Disco'ing it doesn't help offroad and makes an even bigger negative impact on handling both on and offroad.
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Thanks all for the input. I was hearing a knocking sound while we were wheeling so further investigation led me to the sway bar linkage. I needed to replace and was just wandering what if. I will keep it on.
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x2 on what everyone else has said. I do have an extra front sway bar if you wind up needing one.
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Old 09-18-2006, 10:50 AM   #7
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I disconnect my front sway bar every time i go offroad. It makes a HUGE difference, and it only takes about 3 minutes to do so. I have a 4 inch rough country lift, i didn't buy disconnects, i just unbolt them from the axle, and tie them up to the frame using a zip tie. Like i said, it only takes about 3 minutes, and it makes a huge difference.
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First jeep. Loving it so far. I need new sway brackets but I heard somewhere that you can take the sway bar off and gain a bit more flex when wheeling. Pros and cons to taking it off and leaving it off. It is driven daily but only about 5 miles to pick up my son or groceries? Thanks.
Dont know about you but i am leaning towards the quick disco's more and more each time i go off-road. like i have said in the past, i am new to the whole jeep world and am just realizing the great need for them. i have broken three sway bar links the last three times i have had it off road. i am beginning to think the problem might not be with the links, but with my left side mount itself. i dont "drive it like i stole it" off-road and i have only had problems with the left side. the one thing i do know is that i have spent around $120.00 in replacement links and instead of wasting that much more i am going to buy some quick discos!!!
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I have a 00 tj and me and a buddy built quick desco. For under 30 bucks and they work really good and haven't broken anything yet
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I always disconnect when I am doing off roading for the day, but will always hook back up before I drive any distance. The "jello Jeep" comment is right on. It can be very dangerous not to have the swaybar on. I run JKS discos, but any brand will work.

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