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Crashtown 08-22-2011 04:13 PM

Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
I've read many posts on disconnecting the front swaybars. Will the extra travel add enough stress on the upper arm to cause failure?

I have also seen posts to leave the rear swaybar connected. Is that because there is no gain in travel with the 5-link solid rear setup, or will something very bad happen?

mrtosh 08-22-2011 05:23 PM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
There's a lot of people running with both the front and rear disconnected when wheeling. The thing about the rear is the lip on the front of the wheel well, if you have wheel spacers you'll run into that. Also the upper control arm on the drivers side will hit the gas tank skid unless you notch the tank skid. One more thing to mention on the rears if running disconnected is the brake lines will be pretty tight without a drop extension bracket or longer lines.

The front disconnected won't hurt anything but will put stress on your upper ball joints in the stock arms.

Crashtown 08-22-2011 05:32 PM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
RK had notching the gas tank skid in the instructions, so that's a check. I'll have to take a gander at those brake lines when I'm installing my rear OME N190 shocks.

suzieque 08-22-2011 06:05 PM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by mrtosh (Post 470736)
There's a lot of people running with both the front and rear disconnected when wheeling. The thing about the rear is the lip on the front of the wheel well, if you have wheel spacers you'll run into that. Also the upper control arm on the drivers side will hit the gas tank skid unless you notch the tank skid. One more thing to mention on the rears if running disconnected is the brake lines will be pretty tight without a drop extension bracket or longer lines.

The front disconnected won't hurt anything but will put stress on your upper ball joints in the stock arms.

good info, I had been interested in front sway disconnects for off roading, but maybe I won't bother.

JeepCoop 08-25-2011 09:16 AM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
Great topic brother! I want both the front n rear sways but I'm gonna do em one at a time...if I even get the front. I want the rear for better on road handling and to eliminate some roll.

I'd LOVE an electric disconnect like the Wranglers come with! If only! haha

2005JGC 08-26-2011 12:45 AM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
I think its like 1600 bucks for a rubicon swaybar disconnect install kit... time to retrofit! ;)

misfit77 08-27-2011 10:22 AM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
1600? is that all?
Count me in for 2

2005JGC 08-27-2011 11:02 PM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
funny thing is iirc, that is the ENTIRE install kit, wiring, instructions, switch... EVERYTHING. Just the swaybar itself if you have a failed one is 1900. ;)

AcidCold 08-29-2011 06:51 PM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
I really don't see the point of disconnecting the rear since mine flexes fully with the sway connected. What are you looking to accomplish?
Might be a different story with other smaller lifts..

Crashtown 09-06-2011 01:45 PM

Re: Disconnecting Front/Rear Swaybar for Off Road?
 
I unbolted both swaybars and everything went fine. I wanted to prevent as much 3-wheel action as I could, but all three of us on the trail that day had plenty of that going on. Even with the SL. I'm thinking it's just part of wheelin' our WKs. I hooked my front back on when I got home, but left the rear disconnected. I can't even tell the difference so I'll probably just leave it off.
I flexed it with a forklift to check for clearance in the rear. The top of my spacers have an extended section that stick up through the center of the springs that act as a bumpstop. So I was ok on compression.


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