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Old 03-17-2018, 08:58 PM
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I feel the need to tinker: Sway Bar Quick Disconnects

Been meaning to get around to doing this for a while and now that the weather is getting better it's time. Looking for recommendations and experiences. I think I've boiled it down to three candidates: Rubicon Express, JKS or TeraFlex. Price range is negligible, about $30. Actually, this will be one of the cheapest mods I've done so far. All three look easy to install.

Any real world experience out there with these? How hard is it to yank and put back the pins? The RE and JKS bars pop out completely. The TF bars are tucked into brackets. Is that a big deal? What about the sway bar? Ziptie it? Better solution?

So far I'm resisting the temptation to tackle the far more expensive and complicated install but would mean I wouldn't have to lay on my back in the mud solution: the Jeep Sway Bar Power Disconnect Kit. Basically, this is the Rubicon QD system in a box. This kit would be my single most expensive modification--unless you add my two bumpers together--and I'm never comfortable dealing with wiring. Could I run this off my sPOD? I'm hoping not, which will make it easier to resist.

Any advice appreciated (except, "You should have bought a Rubicon," lol.)

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I went with JKS ($111 from Amazon), but any of them would work well. As for disconnecting and reconnecting....as long as you are on level ground, it's very simple to do and only takes a minute or two.

For sway bar storage, most use heavy duty zip ties. Another popular choice is the balled bungee cords. You just want to make sure you store the sway bar in the horizontal position.

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I used two products for the best of both worlds. Rock Krawler adjustable disconnects. And the Teraflex mounts for when disconnected. I originally had the teraflex disconnects on a previous jeep. They were a pain to use. Very tight. Always requires a pry bar or mallet.

The rock krawlers are easy. Don’t even have to get on the ground. But I don’t like their tie up setup. The Teraflex mounts are the easiest to me. Doesn’t require the zip ties or bungees. Easy operation.


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Best thing IMO is to hit Craig’s List and get a used Rubicon sway bar. I got mine for $100. One of the best upgrades I’ve done. Dealing with disconnects is a pain in the a**, especially after a muddy, long day.
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JKS here. They are great. I heard that mechanical disconnects give you more flex than the electronic version.
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Best thing IMO is to hit Craig’s List and get a used Rubicon sway bar. I got mine for $100. One of the best upgrades I’ve done. Dealing with disconnects is a pain in the a**, especially after a muddy, long day.


That’s not an easy option in my area.


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JKS works great, super easy to get off/on again. I picked them up for $100 new of Amazon a few months back when they were running some crazy promotion
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JKS here...they work great and are built well. I installed KC Cyclone Rock Lights up front for when I disconnect or attach the JKS in the dark. They are easy to remove and reattach.
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It's too bad they don't make these for the JK models, that I know of. I've had multiple Jeeps, with multiple systems of sway bar disconnects and, in my opinion, the ones in the link below are by far, the best MANUAL disconnects made. The problem is, again as far as I know, they're for TJs only. The really, really good part is, you don't have to be anywhere near level to reconnect. And, there was/is no need for any special mounts or, connections for when they're disconnected due to the fact that, they way they're designed, they just lay on top of the shock towers and, never come off, unless you forcibly take them off for re connection.

If I had anything less than a Rubicon, I'd definitely figure out a way to adapt these to work for me, that is if, they don't have them for a JK and I just haven't found it.
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JKS here also....trouble free easy to release and engage manually.
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i won't say "you should have bought a rubicon" since i have one. i dumped my electronic disco for a currie antirock. a great mod. jeep handles so much better on the road, no need to touch anything when i hit a trail, she will crawl the rocks as well or better than she did with either the electronic or manual disco.
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I second the Currie anti-rock. I've got them on my Jeep and those things are so easy it's like I don't even have to disconnect them and connect them.... Oh yeah, that's right... I don't!

In all honesty I really don't notice much of a difference while driving on Road but the offroad capabilities I have with the anti-rock is better than I had just disconnecting the sway bar. These things work as advertised!
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i won't say "you should have bought a rubicon" since i have one. i dumped my electronic disco for a currie antirock. a great mod. jeep handles so much better on the road, no need to touch anything when i hit a trail, she will crawl the rocks as well or better than she did with either the electronic or manual disco.
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I second the Currie anti-rock. I've got them on my Jeep and those things are so easy it's like I don't even have to disconnect them and connect them.... Oh yeah, that's right... I don't!

In all honesty I really don't notice much of a difference while driving on Road but the offroad capabilities I have with the anti-rock is better than I had just disconnecting the sway bar. These things work as advertised!
Did you do front and rear or just the front? Steel or aluminum? How was the installation? These do look like a nice solution.

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Did you do front and rear or just the front? Steel or aluminum? These do look like a nice solution.

Thanks to everyone for your input.

I did just the front. I spoke to the guys at Currie when I bought mine and the tech told me unless I just like the look of the rear one not to bother. The rate is very similar to the factory sway bar and won't negatively impact your off road articulation.. Just get a set of correct length sway bar links and leave it.
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Did you do front and rear or just the front? Steel or aluminum? How was the installation? These do look like a nice solution.

Thanks to everyone for your input.
just the front. the folks i talked to said there isn't much difference between the rate of the stock rear bar and the currie.
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hijacking a little bit but on topic. Anyone just remove the rear sway bar? Was just inspecting things and wondered. Does it make a big difference on or off?

I have JKS quick discos in front and I have a Rubicon. I figure if I get in big stuff I'll manually disconnect to protect the electronics from over extension (if possible). I've heard a few tales of the front sway being damaged. When I save some funds maybe I'll go Currie.
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No real world experience, but I would think think removing the rear sway bar would make a difference, and not in a good way, on road.

I decided to pull the trigger on the Currie Front Sway Bar Kit w/ Steel Arms and Frame Brackets. I'll put it on when I add the ARB Compressor next week. Exciting times for my Willys!

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I have the JKS and I could not get mine off last time I went wheeling. Then I got home and they came right off. SOB!
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I have the JKS and I could not get mine off last time I went wheeling. Then I got home and they came right off. SOB!
You have to be on level flat ground when you disconnect. A buddy of mine disconnected on the trail and it took three of us to lift the corner of the front bumper so that the disconnects could be removed.
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No real world experience, but I would think think removing the rear sway bar would make a difference, and not in a good way, on road.

I decided to pull the trigger on the Currie Front Sway Bar Kit w/ Steel Arms and Frame Brackets. I'll put it on when I add the ARB Compressor next week. Exciting times for my Willys!

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Can't wait to hear your review. I'm interested.
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You have to be on level flat ground when you disconnect. A buddy of mine disconnected on the trail and it took three of us to lift the corner of the front bumper so that the disconnects could be removed.
Level side to side is more important than completely flat. Mine are always harder to remove when people are watching - if no-one is around they come right off
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i dumped my electronic disco for a currie antirock. a great mod. jeep handles so much better on the road, no need to touch anything when i hit a trail, she will crawl the rocks as well or better than she did with either the electronic or manual disco.
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In all honesty I really don't notice much of a difference while driving on Road but the offroad capabilities I have with the anti-rock is better than I had just disconnecting the sway bar. These things work as advertised!
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Can't wait to hear your review. I'm interested.
I ordered the Currie yesterday at 4 Wheel Parts, and the salesman tried to talk me out of it. He said it will seriously effect the road manners. Even the Currie website carries the following warning:

CAUTION: Jeeps will have more body roll than stock. This sway bar may be used on the street, however, it will not provide the same handling characteristics as the stock setup.

But from the reviews I've read from folks who have actually installed it, the effected handling shouldn't be too bad and won't be anything I can't get used to. I don't drive my Wrangler particularly hard on the street anyway. But I'm keeping the original parts, just in case. I live near a very curvy road, so I'll be able to test it out right away.
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I ordered the Currie yesterday at 4 Wheel Parts, and the salesman tried to talk me out of it. He said it will seriously effect the road manners. Even the Currie website carries the following warning: CAUTION: Jeeps will have more body roll than stock. This sway bar may be used on the street, however, it will not provide the same handling characteristics as the stock setup.

But from the reviews I've read, it shouldn't be too bad and nothing I can't get used to. I don't drive it particularly hard on the street anyway. But I'm keeping the original parts, just in case.

I think you are going to be pretty happy with it but please do post up your opinion on and off road. I find the on road manners didn't change much at all but if you feel that they do then people need to hear that opinion as well. I will tell you one thing... I do enjoy not worrying about disconnecting at the trail head when watching others kneeling in mud, banging away with mallets while someone else is rocking their Jeep because they aren't on perfectly level ground while asking around for zip ties to tie up their sway bar because they forgot theirs... Good times!
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I ran my jkur for a couple weeks of street driving w the sway bar disconnected. Vehicle roll wasn't terrible, but I was concerned if I had to do a quick swerve.

I got JKS sway bar links put on eventually.

I have a Rubicon and wish I would have bought quick disconnects. Reason being, the electronic one reconnects automatically, that sucks. Many times I'm in places I want it to stay discoed instead of constantly going back and forth.
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I ordered the Currie yesterday at 4 Wheel Parts, and the salesman tried to talk me out of it. He said it will seriously effect the road manners. Even the Currie website carries the following warning:



CAUTION: Jeeps will have more body roll than stock. This sway bar may be used on the street, however, it will not provide the same handling characteristics as the stock setup.



But from the reviews I've read from folks who have actually installed it, the effected handling shouldn't be too bad and won't be anything I can't get used to. I don't drive my Wrangler particularly hard on the street anyway. But I'm keeping the original parts, just in case. I live near a very curvy road, so I'll be able to test it out right away.

I would think if you have stiffer coils and /or adjustable shocks like the Falcons you could limit the body roll.


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No drilling, install took about 30 minutes total. To disconnect, you just push up on the sleeve to compress the spring on the bottom, and pull out to disengage the ball from the socket. Swing it up and use the supplied bungie balls to keep them up and out of the way. To reinstall, just swing them back down, compress the sleeve spring, and push it back on the the ball stud.



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I ordered the Currie yesterday at 4 Wheel Parts, and the salesman tried to talk me out of it. He said it will seriously effect the road manners. Even the Currie website carries the following warning:

CAUTION: Jeeps will have more body roll than stock. This sway bar may be used on the street, however, it will not provide the same handling characteristics as the stock setup.

But from the reviews I've read from folks who have actually installed it, the effected handling shouldn't be too bad and won't be anything I can't get used to. I don't drive my Wrangler particularly hard on the street anyway. But I'm keeping the original parts, just in case. I live near a very curvy road, so I'll be able to test it out right away.
I can only speak to the effect on my 2 dr. Body roll isn't even worth talking about. My Jeep handles as well as it did before and the way it feels on those pot hole filled highway sections is way better.
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I can only speak to the effect on my 2 dr. Body roll isn't even worth talking about. My Jeep handles as well as it did before and the way it feels on those pot hole filled highway sections is way better.
I'm having the Currie installed on Wednesday at the same time I'm having some wiring work done. It looks simple enough to do myself but since it's already going to be in the shop and it's cold and raining outside I figure let the shop do it.

Can't wait! I'll revive this thread and do a write up after I take the rig into the woods next weekend.

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