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Old 11-20-2010, 11:46 AM
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Important Suspension question

I've read that people with YJ's are running them without trackbars and sway. I really can't afford disco's and am looking for a little more flex in my setup. Is it safe to strip that stuff off. I hear YJ's don't benefit from either the track bar sway bar.

Another question is if I take the front sway and track bar off, do I need to remove the rear bar or will the jeep be stable with the rear connected and the front not?

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Tracks bars aren't needed. Toss em'.

Sway bars are a matter of opinion. Some guys want them in, some don't.

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Old 11-20-2010, 11:51 AM
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any opinions on the sway bars
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I feel like my son is posting in here...sway bars ARE NEEDED for highway travel...whether you 'think' they do anything or not. The sway bar keeps the front end stable and prevents heavy 'wobble', if one tire hits something in the road or tar cracks, it can set up a vibration 'wobble' at high speed and pull the steering wheel all over. Off road...not needed. ON the road-you want it. Otherwise stay in the oldfart lane and don't go high speed...one of these days you could regret it!
That's why vendors make disconnects....
I have my 03 Rubicon all beefed up, all new front end components, tires are balanced to the nth degree...but if I try to go over 50 with the disconnects, I start getting steering wheel wobble that gets worse as I go faster....so I DON'T go highway driving without stopping to put them back on! Thanks to JKS quicker disconnects it only takes a little time...but if I ever have to do major front end work again I may upgrade to the 'electric' systems...
Don't be a jerk and endanger everyone ELSE on the road because you 'don't have the time' to re-connect...DO IT and be safe!
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I feel like my son is posting in here...sway bars ARE NEEDED for highway travel...whether you 'think' they do anything or not. The sway bar keeps the front end stable and prevents heavy 'wobble', if one tire hits something in the road or tar cracks, it can set up a vibration 'wobble' at high speed and pull the steering wheel all over. Off road...not needed. ON the road-you want it. Otherwise stay in the oldfart lane and don't go high speed...one of these days you could regret it!
That's why vendors make disconnects....
I have my 03 Rubicon all beefed up, all new front end components, tires are balanced to the nth degree...but if I try to go over 50 with the disconnects, I start getting steering wheel wobble that gets worse as I go faster....so I DON'T go highway driving without stopping to put them back on! Thanks to JKS quicker disconnects it only takes a little time...but if I ever have to do major front end work again I may upgrade to the 'electric' systems...
Don't be a jerk and endanger everyone ELSE on the road because you 'don't have the time' to re-connect...DO IT and be safe!
while this is true for the coil sprung jeeps, it is not for the leaf sprung yjs.

to the OP, disconnect the sway bar and bungie it up and out of the way. go for a drive, if you dont like it, then put it back on.
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while this is true for the coil sprung jeeps, it is not for the leaf sprung yjs.

to the OP, disconnect the sway bar and bungie it up and out of the way. go for a drive, if you dont like it, then put it back on.
thanks, that's why i was asking. i've heard many people not runnning anything on the yjs. just wanted some first hand opinions before I did it.
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thanks, that's why i was asking. i've heard many people not runnning anything on the yjs. just wanted some first hand opinions before I did it.
some people will not notice the sway and trac bars being gone, others will say there is a noticeable difference. really the only way to find out is to do it yourself. takes a couple minutes to un bolt the sway bar and tie it up out of the way.
and regarding rear sway bars. Cjs never came with them. take that how ya want.
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I also have a 94YJ...and because it is only used for running from our house (downtown) to the local trails (all within 5 miles) the sway bar is bungee corded up most of the time and tires are air'd down. BUT when we go further, air pressure goes up AND the disconnects are remounted-or you DO GET sway and wobble in the front end.
It IS true for leaf spring vehicles...there is a reason the factory put it there or they wouldn't have spent the extra costs to do it! SAFETY is the big issue.
Again, off road and at slow speeds you will never notice it...but highway driving you WILL notice it and it is dangerous.
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I've been running without them for over a year now and I do alot of highway driving (30 miles of highway each way for work 5 days a week) and stay between 65-70 the whole way and have never had a problem with it, my YJ is SOA lift and 33x1250s with a ford 9 rear end and does just fine, I would recommend taking them off and trying it on and off road.
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Yj can ditch the trac bars, The sway bar for trail is good to ditch. For long highway or to work, not a bad idea to have it on for those unexpected traffic situations.
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hi guys... on my 93 YJ im running no swaybar..no trackbars front or rear,...have been for about 4 yrs...but im also on 4.5" heavy duty springs so this helps! im happy the way mine feels at sensible speeds...but i did run with discos for awhile and thats a great mod for safer firmer driving speeds...lose the rear trackbar and the front they only restrict flex!!!!...see how yours feels with sway off! after a 10 min drive you will wonder what all the fuss was about!!!..it'll ride much smoother and u gain about another 30% better flex offroad!! .its a jeep not a desert racer!!!!

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