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post #11 of 44 (permalink) Old 05-17-2018, 11:23 PM
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@Surf and Snow same guy that didn't know about the diff fluid amount in aftermarket diffs when people that actually use them mention too much will blow the axle seals, simple case of someone who doesn't know the X, like yeah buddy good luck getting them out of the way.

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Thos is fuking funny!



Simple as unbolt the endlinks from lower arm, on both sides.
Zip tie the endlinks and bar up as you can..

Done and done..

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The bar is between the TREs and the LCAs. You can't pull it up out of the way and the suspension will articulate enough that you'll be putting stress on the TREs which side loads your steering rack and can cause damage to it. It's pull the bar off or leave it hooked up on these.
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I run without sways. The rear is pretty pointless but the front can make some difference. Iím not sure Iíd run without the front on a stock suspension though personally. I do it with 650lb springs and get no body roll so itís pretty nice and I regularly use it responding to calls quite fast. I will say that the benefits off-roading are huge though with them off. It just takes getting use to on road.
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Yawn. Unbolt the bitch,zip,it out of suspension range and party on.
It doesn’t work on these trucks. You don’t get it. You think you know it all, but on these trucks you can’t do that. Look at this pic. To swing it out of the way it then goes way forward and hits the wheel and tire. Go outside and try it. I HAVE. It doesn’t work. I have personally tried it on my Xterra. Have you?


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Just ditch the rear. There is still some back and forth on this but if you do any type of serious off-road, those hangers will become fubar and you won't be able to use it anyway. Or it will become fused to your rig. Performace wise, that thing does very little. It is a pretty light bar to begin with. If you so desire, you can safely take it off at home, drive to your trail, and put it back on when you return. However, you may not be able to get it back on...

Don't take the front off. That being said, early on in my X off-road trail days, I had to replace end links all the time because they would break while flexing. So, you can control the vehicle on a stock(ish) setup with a bad end link but it isn't advised. Fix them if they break and check them after your trail days. You could disconnect one end link to get a bit more flex. They are just a pain in the ass to take on and off.

I did run no sway bars with 650# radflos. People still advise against this. I can see both sides.

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On road, I would keep both sways bars on. Although many say they don't see the need for rear sway bars, there has to be a reason why they are not on Frontiers but still on Xterra, and Nissan loves to remove features. I would imagine during emergency swerving, it would keep it from flipping over.
I also heard through the grapevine that the sway bar keeps the rear tires from rubbing on the frame.
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I've been running no sway bars front or rear for years. It's my DD, and I tow with it. Do I get body roll? Yes. If I dump it into a corner do I get the slip light? Yes. Answer? Don't dump it into a corner, it ain't a race car. To each their own.

Now that I'm Titan Swapped I get even more body roll, but very rarely do I get the slip light. Fact is, Sway Bars inhibit flex off road... a lot, and removal of them is probably the best mod I've ever done, and it was free. Further, removal of the front Sway Bar made the biggest difference of the two off road.

Moral of the story is, do what you feel best about. But like Surf said, on these trucks, disconnecting and running that way is not possible. The choices are, "run what ya brung", or take them off. I'm firmly in the camp of take them off, and I prefer the way it handles on the road too.
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It doesnít work on these trucks. You donít get it. You think you know it all, but on these trucks you canít do that. Look at this pic. To swing it out of the way it then goes way forward and hits the wheel and tire. Go outside and try it. I HAVE. It doesnít work. I have personally tried it on my Xterra. Have you?
He's got a 2wd lowered SUV that he purposely runs lean on occasion. No one should take his advice, ever.

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I have a stock-suspensioned DD that I removed the rear sway bar. Never noticed any difference in the way it drives. I actually forgot I removed until I saw this thread. I'm a super conservative driver and certainly don't drive it fast in corners.. I may remove the front once I upgrade my suspension.

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So, are we safe to remove a endlink from either side without causing adverse effects and still increasing wheel travel?

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