So I heard that on the early wranglers you can just remove the front sway bar all together because the leaf springs would keep everything in ckeck? Is this true or should I just keep with the sway bar disconnects?
You will probably get about a 50/50 like or dislike for removing the way bars. Some have done it and think it is great. I have driven with mine disconnected and the ride is not too bad, but the body roll is increased quite a bit. I keep mine on most of the time and disconnect at the trail head.
I agree with 4Jeepn, toss the track bars as you really don't need them for your Jeep to drive safetly.
Disconnecting the "sway bar" links is an every day thing with the friends I go wheeling with - right along with airing down your tires. Only on trails. You reconnect those links for road use and air back up.
There's *NO way* I'd disconnect the "Trac-Bar."
The "Trac-Bar" is what keeps the wheels/tires going in a strait line! If you take the Trac-Bar out, your wheels will go whatever direction they want - one wheel pointing to where you want to go, and the other wheel to "who knows" wherever.
Actually FNjeep, the track bar is different from the steering linkages that you illustrate. The track bar attaches to the front to the Jeep on the frame on the drivers side, then reaches across to the axle on the passanger side. It was required by government safety standards to help control body roll. The CJ Jeeps never had them installed. The track bars were introduced in 1987 Wrangler with the YJ model.
On a TJ Wrangler, yes, you must keep the track bar installed since the axle is held in place by linkages that attach to the frame behind the front axle going to the axle. The track bar is what "tracks" the axle to stay under the vehicle.