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Ok, as you can tell from this post Im still somewhat new to owning an SUV (I have previously owned a 93 Jeep Cherokee but never really did anything with it). I was just wondering what the deal with removing the rear sway bar is. I hear alot of people talking about it and Im curious to know how it helps and if there are any disadvantages to doing it. Any help would be great. I tried to do a search for it but couldnt find what I needed. Thanks in advance.
 

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The "anti-"swaybar helps prevents roll when cornering. This helps with on-road handling. But what it does while off-roading is limit your rear wheel travel. When on a trail it's important to try and keep all 4 wheels on the ground. Removing the rear swaybar helps do this my allowing more rear wheel travel.
 

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there have been reports that the cornering is not much changed after removing the sway bar. I am still not sure myself on removing because as of right now i am at about 95% road use. Perhaps when i start wheeling more this spring and summer i will take it off, perhaps i will do it sooner..... who knows.
 

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if your not sure...take it off, and drive around for a week w/o it and see how it feels. if you don't like it, it's really not hard to put back on.
 

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I "removed" my sway bar the easy way: I broke it on a very bumpy, uneven trail above Big Sur. My wheels wanted to travel real bad, and the bar was the weak link. I pulled it and told the dealer not to replace it. (It's a hollow piece of crap, by the way!) I'm offroad every chance I get, so I'm glad to have the increased wheel travel in the rear.

But in hard avoidance maneuver type situations at high speeds, something we all will face, the sway bar helps keep body roll from becoming an uncontrollable rollover scenario. Like suspension lifts and the higher center of gravity that results, it's a trade-off. As I mod, I adjust my on road driving accordingly.

For basic cornering on windy roads and the like...? I'm pretty picky and I don't miss the sway bar in these routine situations.
 

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wow, thanks alot for all your responses. Because Im at school I dont get offroad much, maybe next summer Ill take it off once it would make sense to do so.
 

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someone once put it like this and I totally agree...

"if I came to your house and took it off while you were sleeping and you got in and drove it the next day you would never even know it was gone"

that being said, i took mine off and have never been able to tell a difference.
 

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dandan said:
i also had a question about it i am planning on taking mine off and i getting a hitch and will be towing quads will taking it off affect me more when im towing?
I tow a 1500 lb camper with no issues. I also have a lift.
 

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I took mine off and really really noticed it. When I put the Timbren rear springs on, it felt like it was on again. (Not allowing so much body roll) If I wasn't going off road too much, I'd leave it on.

The best thing is the quick disconnects that they make, But they don't have em for ours yet. The bar stays there, but you have end links that have quick disconnects on them for OR. They should come out soon.

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Muzikman said:
You will surely feel it missing more if you tow.
This 100% correct. With my jetskis on the trailer (1200 Lbs) I can't tell a difference, with my utility trailer on carrying 2500 lbs of rock I really feel it when its off.

As MC said quick disconnects are the way to go.


My 2 cents :cyclops:
 

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Yeah the quick disconnects sound like the way to go, do you know who is making them?
 

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Yeah the quick disconnects sound like the way to go, do you know who is making them?
I don't see why you couldn't take some QD ends for a Jeep and make a set. But unlike a Jeep, they would be a real pain to take on and off (you would have to crawl under the truck). I would most likely disconnect them and leave them disconnected.:)
 

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Muzikman said:
DuXterra said:
Yeah the quick disconnects sound like the way to go, do you know who is making them?
I don't see why you couldn't take some QD ends for a Jeep and make a set. But unlike a Jeep, they would be a real pain to take on and off (you would have to crawl under the truck). I would most likely disconnect them and leave them disconnected.:)
Hey Muzikman, you have a Shrockworks Rear, so there is ALL KINDS of room under there for you NOT to hit your head. :)

Just a thought for those that play less often. I thought about making a set by welding a 1st get set with sleeves onto my 2nd Gen set add a bit for the lift and go with it. But after the timbren install, I don't need a rear sway. No so sure I need a front sway LOL

MC
 

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The sway bar can be removed and not have no issues what so ever.
 

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if I add timbrens, will that help like a bar or do they just belp on bottoming out?
 

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They just help with the bottoming out problems only.
 

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i agree about the search thing i am usually one to search thats y my post count is so low cause i always use the search but the topic had already been postid and i was thinking bout it cause the pick in my av is from this weekend and my left rear is in the air and thought i wounder if i should take that sway bar off. how much more flex will i get do you think if i had it off my left rear would have been on ground.
 
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