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Old 11-23-2015, 05:26 PM
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Swaybar disconnect question

When I got my lift, i had swaybar "parking brackets" installed so i could mount/hold the links up out of the way. I've run into a problem though that when I am at full-flex my tires are rubbing on the brackets and bending them - and probably jacking up the tires, so I'm thinking of just removing the brackets and zip-tie'ing the links to the swaybar, the old fashioned way instead.

My question is, if I ziptie the links to the swaybar, then nothing is holding the swaybar other an the bushings - wont the swaybar ends flop down and get tangled up in the tie-rod or something worse?

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Old 11-23-2015, 05:37 PM   #3
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On my YJ, Yes the Sway bar will flop down. I am just disconnecting the stock SB links at the axel and then I run a zip through the grommet of one of the SB links and up to a fender brace. This holds the SB up. The other side I then zip the SB link to the SB.
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For the last three years, I've been leaving my swaybar hanging loose once I pull the JKS disconnects off entirely. The bushings are tight enough that it doesn't go anywhere. If the bushings wear out to the point where the swaybar starts drooping, I'll just put new bushings in. Until then, I'll just run it as is.
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There is no way I would just let the sway bar hang loose. The roads/trails in my area are extremely rough and would likely cause the sway bar to flop down. That could lead to a very expensive repair bill for something that can be avoided. At the very least, tie the sway bar to the frame using a bungee cord or zip tie.

Can you tell us whose brackets you have and where/how they are mounted?
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Can you tell us whose brackets you have and where/how they are mounted?
I think the brackets are fab'd at my local Jeep shop that installed the lift. It's a very simple piece of steel with a large bolt on it. The steel is screwed into the sheetmetal leaving the bolt sticking outward, above the swaybar. Once disconnected the disco link flips up, the end slides over the bolt, and a large wingnut holds it in place.
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I think the brackets are fab'd at my local Jeep shop that installed the lift. It's a very simple piece of steel with a large bolt on it. The steel is screwed into the sheetmetal leaving the bolt sticking outward, above the swaybar. Once disconnected the disco link flips up, the end slides over the bolt, and a large wingnut holds it in place.
I'm not familiar with any of the manufactured brackets, so that was the reason for asking. I made some on my own, they work well with my lift/tire combo. Attached is pic, not the best quality but you can see where it's mounted and it doesn't stick out any further than the body mount itself.

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Similar to mine but mounted in a slightly different spot.. When at full-flex, i have NO room up there.
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I can definately see how that would be a problem. If done by a reputable shop, I would certainly have them take a look to see if it's something they could fix.
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Got the lift almost a year ago with 31" tires and it was no issue..Moved up to 33"s.. still no issue.. put on 35s.. now it's an issue.. I talked to the owner of the shop and the fix is more bumpstop (and negate my flex) or more lift. i'll just take the stupid brackets off and get $12 in velco straps and zip ties instead..
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It's not just the home made ones. My teraflex disconnects will rub if I try to use the parking brackets that they provided.

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Ditch the disconnects you have now and get a set of fully removable JKS ones. Once the sway bar links are removed you can Ziptie(or whatever) the sway bar to the frame by simply adding an "eye bolt" as show below. There is no need for drilling as the hole is already in the frame on the right side(it is where the right hand drive steering box would bolt to for overseas Jeeps). I did this to both my JKs and it works flawlessly.

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Good to know about this issue. I've been looking at disconnects and wondering how to secure it all. I like the eye-bolt idea, very simple.

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