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jeremyx28 05-08-2013 07:29 PM

sway bar disconnect - flex
 
So I bought my jeep with some work already done. I have sway bar disconnect pins. I have yet to remove them for any trails. Honestly I haven't had much time to play around at all. I've been looking at the flex thread and drooling. I know Im limited cause I'm not soa but I'm curious to know how much more flex I can expect when I disconnect the sway bar. I did remove the track bars last week. I have 2.5 suspension and 2 body and I'm on 31's. Like I said, I know I'm going to be limited but my wife likes to drive the jeep as much as I do and I can't go any higher with the lift as per her being 5 foot nothing lol.

AZ_Zoner 05-08-2013 09:08 PM

I just installed a set disconnect because of some obstacles I could not clear when out on the trails. We just got stuck to many times with only two tires on the ground. So along with tire pressure changes, I was really happy with what I could clear after installing it and being able to disconnect the sway bar. Ours isn't a DD and we flat tow it behind a motor home so going with lockers is kinda out of the questions to help with traction. And our original intentions was not hard core trails but it is a lot of fun. Anyway, our disconnects take less than 5 minutes to remove and bungee up. and than again less than 5 minutes to hook back up afterwords. This is if you can get on flat ground. I nice pry bar comes in handy. So for us it worth the small amount of effort. I did drive with them disconnected and felt like it was lacking quick response so I don't think I would ever remove them completely. just didn't feel safe. Our track bars have also been long gone.
So our jeep is a 91 with a little more than 2.5" of lift via the springs and run 32X11.50 tires. We do rub the flares a lot in the back a lot but not in the front.

So back to your main questions. The disconnected sway bar helps a lot and you will see a definite increase in flex.

hope this helps you out.

cb

SquareLite 05-08-2013 10:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AZ_Zoner (Post 3735579)
I just installed a set disconnect because of some obstacles I could not clear when out on the trails. We just got stuck to many times with only two tires on the ground. So along with tire pressure changes, I was really happy with what I could clear after installing it and being able to disconnect the sway bar. Ours isn't a DD and we flat tow it behind a motor home so going with lockers is kinda out of the questions to help with traction. And our original intentions was not hard core trails but it is a lot of fun. Anyway, our disconnects take less than 5 minutes to remove and bungee up. and than again less than 5 minutes to hook back up afterwords. This is if you can get on flat ground. I nice pry bar comes in handy. So for us it worth the small amount of effort. I did drive with them disconnected and felt like it was lacking quick response so I don't think I would ever remove them completely. just didn't feel safe. Our track bars have also been long gone.
So our jeep is a 91 with a little more than 2.5" of lift via the springs and run 32X11.50 tires. We do rub the flares a lot in the back a lot but not in the front.

So back to your main questions. The disconnected sway bar helps a lot and you will see a definite increase in flex.

hope this helps you out.

cb

Sorry to stray from the original topic, but why not selectable lockers?

rykemc 05-08-2013 11:17 PM

This past thanksgiving we took my wife's TJ and my dad's scrambler up to their place in the mountains of New Mexicco for some wheeling. When we left I unhooked the sway bar from my wife's TJ and I asked my dad if he wanted me to do his. He said no. So off we went. We made it to the top of a moderate trail. On the way back down I asked dad if he still wanted his sway bar hooked up. He told me to unhook it so he could see how it did. We got to the bottom of the mountain to the highway and I was hooking the sway bars back up and asked dad what he thought. He told me it made such a difference on how his jeep handled that he wished he would have let me do it before we hit the trail.

jeremyx28 05-09-2013 06:36 AM

Thanks for the replies. I'm hoping the rain holds off this weekend so I can remove them and give it a shot.

AZ_Zoner 05-09-2013 08:50 AM

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Originally Posted by SquareLite (Post 3735921)
Sorry to stray from the original topic, but why not selectable lockers?

I've read several threads in several forums that say both yes and no to being able to tow after the install. I don't have any detailed facts or reason other than it would be an expensive add on to find out we had issues towing afterword’s. I do remember someone stating that their jeep would turn one way just fine but there was a resistance to turning the other, when being towed. For us, we don’t hit the hard core trails very often that we need a locker(s). But then again if I was guaranteed 100% that I could flat tow and the price was right I’d probably do it.

Do you have any details on it? We should probably start another thread if so.

Craig

petercass88 05-09-2013 04:37 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AZ_Zoner (Post 3736837)
I've read several threads in several forums that say both yes and no to being able to tow after the install. I don't have any detailed facts or reason other than it would be an expensive add on to find out we had issues towing afterword’s. I do remember someone stating that their jeep would turn one way just fine but there was a resistance to turning the other, when being towed. For us, we don’t hit the hard core trails very often that we need a locker(s). But then again if I was guaranteed 100% that I could flat tow and the price was right I’d probably do it.

Do you have any details on it? We should probably start another thread if so.

Craig

I dont really have experience in this matter other than what the PO of my jeep used it for. He towed it behind an RV from FL to alaska for a 2 month trail ride experience and back down again. He has ARB air lockers in it and had no issues towing it considering it is still alive and well in my driveway :)

AZ_Zoner 05-09-2013 05:26 PM

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Originally Posted by petercass88 (Post 3738272)

I dont really have experience in this matter other than what the PO of my jeep used it for. He towed it behind an RV from FL to alaska for a 2 month trail ride experience and back down again. He has ARB air lockers in it and had no issues towing it considering it is still alive and well in my driveway :)

Very cool! One more positive post that it can be done.

Xpress 05-09-2013 08:13 PM

Watch those brake lines!!!

M 89 is sitting on 1" shackles with quick disconnects, stock leafs, 29" tires, and at full flex I had my brake lines taught. Any more and they would have snapped off. Your lift will have you snapping them.

Consider longer brake lines, or relocating the mounting bracket.

AZ_Zoner 05-09-2013 10:06 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Xpress (Post 3739097)
Watch those brake lines!!!

M 89 is sitting on 1" shackles with quick disconnects, stock leafs, 29" tires, and at full flex I had my brake lines taught. Any more and they would have snapped off. Your lift will have you snapping them.

Consider longer brake lines, or relocating the mounting bracket.

Yep, I installed them when I did the disconnect install. I bought the GM ones from NAPA that are about 3.5 inches longer.

cb


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