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Beastmaster 07-06-2012 12:54 PM

Lifted '07 JKU Swaybar Question
 
I have a Sport Model '07 JK Unlimited I bought used last year. It already had 33" tires and a lift (2.5" I think) that I am coming to find out was done on the cheap. I have a question about my front sway bar. I have searched the forum links and I think I already know the answer to my question but I just need some adult guidance.

As I was doing some minor off-roading the other day, I hit some pretty good bumps and the front end came off the ground a couple of times. After one, I found the steering was "squishey" and felt like there was allot of play. I was only 1/4 mile from home so I limped back. Looking under the front end I found the sway bar had shifted and instead of the sway bar links pointing upward, they were pointing downward and actually rubbing on the tie rod! I jacked the front end and with little difficulty, managed to get the sway bar and links in the proper configuration. Nothing seemed to be damaged.

My question is this: When the PO lifted the Jeep, should he have put longer sway bar links to keep this from happening? (My sway bar is not as horizontal as in the picture below, it bends downward at a slight angle) Is all I need to do is to change out the sway bar links to get the sway bar more horizontal, or is there something more serious at play here? :confused:

I've attached a generic picture but I won't be able to get a pic of my rig until tomorrow, if anyone thinks it's necessary.

Thanks in advance for anyone's thoughts.

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main....serialNumber=2

pluke the 2 07-06-2012 12:58 PM

Yes. you want your sway bar parallel to the ground +- 5*.

and yes, with a 2.5" lift you should have moved or the old owner should have moved the rears to the front and installed a longer set supplied with the kit generally in the rear.

pluke the 2 07-06-2012 12:59 PM

the problem with sway bar links being to short is you will bind the sway bar and end up tweaking or bending something whether its the sway bar links or sway bar. typically ive seen the links get taco'd and trashed but i have seen a rubicon blow it's motor up on the trail...

Daniel_M 07-06-2012 01:00 PM

Disconnect when you are wheeling

-Dan

Beastmaster 07-06-2012 01:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pluke the 2 (Post 2551851)
Yes. you want your sway bar parallel to the ground +- 5*.

and yes, with a 2.5" lift you should have moved or the old owner should have moved the rears to the front and installed a longer set supplied with the kit generally in the rear.

Thant's what I thought, thanks. :thumb:

Quote:

Originally Posted by Daniel_M (Post 2551861)
Disconnect when you are wheeling

-Dan

I guess it's time to buy some quick disconnects. :dance:

Daniel_M 07-06-2012 01:28 PM

Or Currie Antirocks or Teraflex dual rate sway bar or ORO Swayloc.

-Dan

Beastmaster 07-06-2012 03:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Daniel_M (Post 2551971)
Or Currie Antirocks or Teraflex dual rate sway bar or ORO Swayloc.

-Dan

Aaaarrrrgggg! So many options. :banghead:

Makes me feel like I'm at the soft drink aisle at the market. :rofl:

Beastmaster 07-07-2012 10:44 AM

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I finally got a chance to crawl under my rig and get a couple of pics. I don't like the look of the driver's side. It looks like have some new sway bar links in my future.
Thanks for all the advice, guys. :thumb: This forum is awsome! :punk:

mhhayess007 04-06-2017 06:56 AM

Sway bar links
 
I am new to lifted 4x4's and I recently got a 1997 jeep wrangler tj with a 3" suspension lift and 33 x 12.5 x 15 tires with a 2.5 liter 4 cyl with a 5 speed manual. as near as I can tell the front diff is a Dana 30 while the rear diff is a Dana 35.

My question is: I am replacing the front sway bar links due to being worn out. the place that I ordered them from sent me rear sway bar links for a 3.5"+.......will they still work on the front?

Thank you for any help

Beastmaster 04-10-2017 09:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mhhayess007 (Post 29678834)
I am new to lifted 4x4's and I recently got a 1997 jeep wrangler tj with a 3" suspension lift and 33 x 12.5 x 15 tires with a 2.5 liter 4 cyl with a 5 speed manual. as near as I can tell the front diff is a Dana 30 while the rear diff is a Dana 35.

My question is: I am replacing the front sway bar links due to being worn out. the place that I ordered them from sent me rear sway bar links for a 3.5"+.......will they still work on the front?

Thank you for any help

First, I'd like to say Welcome to the Forum.

Second, I see you also posted in the TJ forum area. That's the best place since they can give advice more specific to your Wrangler model. As you can see above, I have a JK but I would think it would be the same. You should have sway bar links appropriate to your lift. I think that even that 1/2' difference could cause problems.

Anyway, I hope the TJ owners are able to help you out.

terpsmandan 04-10-2017 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pluke the 2 (Post 2551856)
the problem with sway bar links being to short is you will bind the sway bar and end up tweaking or bending something whether its the sway bar links or sway bar. typically ive seen the links get taco'd and trashed but i have seen a rubicon blow it's motor up on the trail...

Yes, a friend of mine installed 2.5 springs only and actually bent the sway bar attachment point on the axle housing BC he didn't disco his sway bar.


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