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    Do I need a sway bar ?

    One thing I did not consider , with a 4 link in front and leaves in rear , do I need a sway bar in the front ? My coil sprung Jeep has sway bars front and rear , when the other Jeep had leaves no sway bars and it was fine . I have never had a vehicle with a link / leaf configuration . Have any of you ? What do you say Eddie ?

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    Not Eddie, but I'll give my .02

    If your throwing a 4 link on and plan to do some highway driving I would install a sway bar. It will help tighten up your steering/ roll when you are turning.
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    Thanks for the quick reply ! that is what I was thinking .I just have no experience with this combo.I did think and hope the rear leaves would counter act the roll in turns.

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    I've seen people run without a sway bar and I find that most of those people have not heard of Darwinism.

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    XJ's run links and coils up front and leafs in the rear and benefit from having a front sway bar. While you may not "need" it, anything that improves handling is something I prefer to have.

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    I've owned two different XJ's. The first I got rid of the sway bars completely. The second I kept the front sway bar and made my own disconnects for it.

    Removing the rear sway bar made almost no difference at all in on-road handling but did allow a bit more articulation in the rear. Not much due to the ability of the leaf springs, but did help.

    Up front, though, there is a BIG difference. Without the front sway bar, the XJ has a LOT more body roll even at stock height. When lifted it was downright scary doing things as simple as changing lanes on the freeway. Thank goodness I never had to swerve or I'm pretty sure it would have gone over. That rig was pretty much trail only so I didn't worry about it that much and made sure to give myself plenty of room around other drivers. But was bad enough that the next XJ kept the sway bar.
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    Thanks guys , front sway bar it is as I will be driving to and from the trails . It's a pretty twisted road to get from my house to the Rubicon and elsewhere in that area .

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    I will second the front sway bar, I'm currently run with no links up front because the bottom mounting bolt is wore out and I need to replace it. No sway bars suck especially living in a place where you have to swerve around animals every other curve

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    ran with sway bar disconnected for a while. Lets just say I was happy when I put it back on.

 

 

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