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Old 12-08-2008, 03:21 AM   #1
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So I'm at an impass between safety and articulation. I am thinking of removing my rear sway bar but I wanted to know what potential safety and handling issues could arise. I want to increase my articulation, but I don't want to compromise my safety doing it.
And just for some background informatio, I generally drive about 5~10 over. I generally take turns fast enough to get my tires to bark, but only within safety limitations.
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Old 12-08-2008, 03:31 AM   #2
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ok what im thinking is you can modify these to be a quick disconect for the rear. that way you can drive like a teenager on road and when you hit the trail you can jump out, flip the switch so to speak, and still have all the articulation you want. let me know if you decide to do this and how it works out for you.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/56004_07.htm
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Old 12-08-2008, 04:04 AM   #3
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the rear isnt really that big of a deal to take off. I havent had mine on for about 8 months and it is just fine with out it. Just remember its a jeep not a mustang.
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Take into consideration the condition of your rear springs before deciding whether you want to take it off or not. When mine was stock with 83k rear springs, i removed the sway bar and noticed alot of swaying, almost like my TJ when i disconnected it's sway bars (4 coils). I remember reading about people saying there's no difference and you don't need it and i had to disagree at that point. If you springs are old and no longer "firm", i'd leave the sway bar on there. It does do something.

When i put my OME springs with the OME AAL, it significantly stiffened up the rear and i then removed the sway bar and noticed no difference in handling.

If you do remove the rear sway bar, don't toss it out just yet. Take off the brackets and you can use them as bar pin eliminators and get an extra inch of travel out of your rear shocks
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the rear sway is very small and weak looking. and if you have a lift, you probly shouldnt be taking turns fast enough to chirp your tires. if you have enough lift and take turns that fast, whether or not you have your rear swaybar isn't going to be much of a factor when you put your jeep on its side. i took mine out when i did my lift, and haven't noticed much difference, of course i slow down for turns on account of what im driving. you just need to be aware you dont have it and your driving a lifted jeep, so slow down. but if your stock, i dont see it being much of a problem, just take it out.
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Been running w/o a rear sway bar since summer now with no issues.

Heck...been running with out the front either for a few weeks now (haven't had time to get around to putting it back on), and other than increased sway from the front being disconnected, no problems at all.

Not trying to lecture or anytihng but as with any Jeep, lifted or stock, slow down and take it easy. It's not a Ferrari
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My 98 Classic has no rear sway bar from the factory. Some had them some did not.
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what are sway bars?
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what are sway bars?
HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

srry just funny from the guy who was a swaybar safety spokesman less than a year ago
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what are sway bars?
The sway bar is a solid connection that runs parallel to the axle and is attached to it (I'm having trouble finding a good picture). The goal of the sway bar (or anti-roll bar) is to keep the suspension from reaching full deflection without the other side doing so. Thus, transferring load from the outside side of a turn to the inside.

Translation: it aids in weight loadage around turns.


And from what I'm understanding you guys saying...if I just cool my jets a little more (yes, more) I should be fine.
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I agree with what was said above, if you have good leafs than you'd be fine removing it. If not replace leafs than remove it..
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I agree with what was said above, if you have good leafs than you'd be fine removing it. If not replace leafs than remove it..
I'll wait till my lift then, no use risking it.
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My 98 Classic has no rear sway bar from the factory. Some had them some did not.

Neither does mine. I havnt ran front OR rear in a couple years now and i used to DD mine. it doesnt see much street time anymore but i still drive it on the road occasionally with no swaybars. Its not neccessarily dangerous, just different and takes some getting used to
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HAHHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAHAHAHAHAHA

srry just funny from the guy who was a swaybar safety spokesman less than a year ago
on 31s, yes. go unload your radius arm.
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The rear swaybar is pretty much useless
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