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TJ sway bar disconnects front and rear?


 
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 9:53 am    Post subject: TJ sway bar disconnects front and rear? Reply with quote

I have a 1997 TJ Wrangler Sport with a 2.5" budget lift. Should someone disconnect the rear sway bar as well as the front?
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PostPosted: Mon May 14, 2007 7:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

No. On a vehicle with a coil sprung suspension at both ends, leaving the rear swaybar connected provided lateral stability while still allowing articulation of the rear axle. Disconnect the front only or run an offroad swaybar like the Currie Antirock or OffRoadOnly Swaylock.
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 6:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Doesn't the track bar provide lateral stability?
The anti sway bar prevents sway (or body lean). Shouldn't it be bad to disconnect the front if it's bad to disconnect the rear?

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 1:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orangeamc13 wrote:
Doesn't the track bar provide lateral stability?
The anti sway bar prevents sway (or body lean). Shouldn't it be bad to disconnect the front if it's bad to disconnect the rear?

Lateral - situated at or extending to the side.

The trackbar provides lateral stability to the axle/frame.

The swaybar, or more appropriately anti-swaybar, stabilizes side-to-side movements. Yes, you could call it sway. You could call it lateral stability also IMO.

You're logic is flawed however. The front swaybar is significantly stronger and resists twisting much more than the rear. This prevent the suspension from articulating. Lifting a tire is an extremely risky move when offroad and, is the case of an unlocked axle, causes you to lose traction and stop forward progress.

The stock rear swaybar is a good compromise of anti-sway while still allowing good articulation of the rear end when the front is disconnected.

As I noted in my original post, I would strongly recommend an offroad swaybar coupled with the stock rear swaybar. This setup really works nicely to keep the body level and allow the suspension to articulate over the obstacles. Keeping the body level is ideal. When you start leaning steeply, that's when you risk toppling over.


BTW, inbeforetheguythat'srunnoswaybarsfor13yearandneverhadaproblemwithhisrearleafsprings
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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 3:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Lol rofl rofl rofl

BTW, ifyouretalkingaboutmeIownaZjalso,arentthesuspensionsextremelysimilar?

IMO the best way to keep the body ideally leveled off road is to fully disconnect (remove the rear and disco the front)!! I always have more body lean with the anti-swaybar connected in the wood. On the street it is of course opposite. The anti-swaybar IMO is for street use.

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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2007 7:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Orangeamc13 wrote:
Lol rofl rofl rofl

BTW, ifyouretalkingaboutmeIownaZjalso,arentthesuspensionsextremelysimilar?

Wheelbase. A longer vehicle is more stable.
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