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Old 03-19-2016, 09:20 PM
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Quick release sway or track bar removal

Alright fellers I'm about to take something off my ride but now after reading thru a few different threads I don't know which would be better for my type of wheeling. I have a 2.5" R/C lift and I'm going on "kiddy trails" but tend to venture off the designated route occasionally. Anyway I was looking at quick disconnect sway bars for a little more stretch then I see a thread saying leave them and instead take the track bar off. Please help me make the right decision before I get under there with a cutting torch and get crazy on that b#*^h!

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Old 03-19-2016, 09:47 PM   #2
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IMHO the track bars have to go. Mine are coming off tomorrow

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Old 03-19-2016, 10:34 PM   #3
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Pull the track bars and disconnect the sway bar. Drive around the block a few times. If you're happy with the way it rides pull the rest of the sway bar. If you want less tippy feeling reconnect the sway bar, and drive around again. Either way I'd say the track bars should go to the metal recyclers. If you can weld you could make sway bar disconnects pretty easily.
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Old 03-20-2016, 01:46 PM   #5
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Don't think twice, just dump the track bar. As far as the sway bar, I agree to try without it and see how you like it. Personally since I also drive my jeep on the highway and mountain roads out here where the minimum speed is 70 mph+, I chose to leave my sway bar on and get disconnects. I can drive without it, but when cornering you will feel more body lean and disconnecting when going off-road only takes a minute.
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Old 03-21-2016, 12:56 AM
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Thank you all , I've taken all ya'lls advice and I'm definitely made up my mind....... The muffler has to go damnit!! cutting it off tomorrow. Thank you gentlemans and have a great day.
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I hit that multi quote thing but din't know how it works so if any of you get some weird message it's just me fidlin around withit.
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I also removed my track bars after installing my lift 5 years ago and saw no ill effects, dump em! Sway bar is still hanging there but not connected, just haven't been in a hurry to get get disconnects yet. I've learned to drive without it. However, I do notice a difference in the cornering.
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I dumped the rear, but it drove like shit with the front Track and Sway Bar off, so with the extended links they are back in and it holds the Road and has all the flex I need for the mud riding I do, I do not climb rocks.
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I took that pic back on 9/3/03. I had actually removed them & tossed them in my famous blue trash can in 3/97. Yep, my sway & tracbars have been removed for 19+ years.

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I took that pic back on 9/3/03. I had actually removed them & tossed them in my famous blue trash can in 3/97. Yep, my sway & tracbars have been removed for 19+ years. Here are the sister pics of it.
I knew I stole it from someone on here, lol too funny!! When I first saw it I was like I have to keep this!! Hope you didn't mind

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No problem - just wanted to give you some history on that pic.
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Think I'll be taking those track bars off real soon.
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Just finished pulling front and rear track bars. Rear was not fun but , strangely, the front came right off. I don't drive this Jeep very often so I don't know how much difference it made in ride quality but it drove fine without them and didn't mess up the alignment or anything so I will mark it as a win.
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I was going to remove the sway bar, but since my son drives it I'll just leave it for now. Removing the track bars made the ride a bit softer. You still feel every bump, but it's not as jarring. YMMV!
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I was going to remove the sway bar, but since my son drives it I'll just leave it for now. Removing the track bars made the ride a bit softer. You still feel every bump, but it's not as jarring. YMMV!
Smart dad! The track bar does nothing good, but the sway bar will give more control in evasive maneuvers....and since we all were young once we know they need all the help they can get.
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Smart dad! The track bar does nothing good, but the sway bar will give more control in evasive maneuvers....and since we all were young once we know they need all the help they can get.
Absolutely! The 1975 Pacer I drove in high school had very little risk of rolling over! The 91 Wrangler, on the other hand. . .
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Speaking of 91 wrangler. That's what mine is. The PO had a 4" lift installed, and had 33x12.50's when I got it. Although the lift must be a bit old, still does not sag and I'm running 31x10.50's now. I removed the sway-bar links this past fall. I feel ZERO body roll when I turn. But still have wondering why it's so hard. I know these things are bricks on wheels, it's definitely NOT my first jeep. I have been in lots of jeeps thus far in my life, and without a shadow of doubt, my current YJ rides the hardest. I have been wanting to remove the trac bars. But have been reading alot on the subject before I just jump in and do it. BUT this thread has convinced me, it's for the best. Keep in mind, my jeep is also my d/d that I drive 50 miles round trip for work. Heck, if CJ's have done it for years, I should. BIG thanks to everyone.
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Speaking of 91 wrangler. That's what mine is. The PO had a 4" lift installed, and had 33x12.50's when I got it. Although the lift must be a bit old, still does not sag and I'm running 31x10.50's now. I removed the sway-bar links this past fall. I feel ZERO body roll when I turn. But still have wondering why it's so hard. I know these things are bricks on wheels, it's definitely NOT my first jeep. I have been in lots of jeeps thus far in my life, and without a shadow of doubt, my current YJ rides the hardest. I have been wanting to remove the trac bars. But have been reading alot on the subject before I just jump in and do it. BUT this thread has convinced me, it's for the best. Keep in mind, my jeep is also my d/d that I drive 50 miles round trip for work. Heck, if CJ's have done it for years, I should. BIG thanks to everyone.
Your shackles may be over tightened. Try loosening them up and see if the ride quality changes.
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Your shackles may be over tightened. Try loosening them up and see if the ride quality changes.
I've been to bundy hill off-road park, and wheeling many times. It does have the stock shackles. Would the trac-bars being on, be my issue?
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I've been to bundy hill off-road park, and wheeling many times. It does have the stock shackles. Would the trac-bars being on, be my issue?
Pull them and see what happens. It couldn't hurt. If you still get a really rough ride try loosening your shackle bolts. I though my ride was really rough when I first got my YJ, and it was. I removed the track bars and it became less jarring, or maybe quicker to react to bumps and ruts. Then I replaced my stock springs and shackles and didn't tighten the shackles to factory specs, and now it's not a smooth ride, but it's nowhere near as harsh.
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I plan to pull the trac bars this weekend. I suspect the PO had the lift installed, took it out wheeling, and bent the drag link. Then took it home a parked it. Then it sat for a few years. Then sold it to me. I knew the drag link was bent when I bought it. It was the first thing I replaced. With new ends.

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