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JeepinLife
06-21-2013, 02:39 AM
Left the local wheeling property the other week to run to a gas station a few miles down the road with the sway bar disconnected. Besides obvious extra roll the jeep handles very well at high speeds (45-65). With safety factors aside for a quick second would there be any other disadvantages to this such as premature wear to anything?

jeff_in_rc
06-24-2013, 03:43 PM
On my YJ with leaf springs I leave it disconnected all the time unless I plan on running to the coast, about a 250 mile run one way. On a coil spring Jeep short runs like you made would not be bad but for longer road runs I would connect it IMHO.

wayoflife
06-24-2013, 05:05 PM
With leaf springs, you're fine without a sway bar but with coils, I wouldn't choose to run disconnected all the time as you will loose stability especially in sudden evasive maneuvering. You wouldn't do any damage to anything else but, it really isn't advisable to run like that.

phillypete
06-24-2013, 05:06 PM
Yup, you won't miss it until you really need it!

White_JKU
06-25-2013, 12:12 AM
After a sway bar link broke on my rig about 2 years ago, I haven't had the front connected since. At first it was just temporary, but as time went on and I got used to the feel, It became normal.
When I upgraded to new springs and shocks over stock, I definitely decided no sway bar was fine for me.
I can tune my shocks for a stiff handling ride, (feels like a sports car-- no lean) on the firmer settings.

I'll never run a sway bar up front again now. I've had to make some evasive driving manuevers, and yes, it doesn't act like a connected rig under those circumstances. I just am much more defensive as a driver, ( I'm also E.V.O.C. trained and certified)

dis_dis
06-25-2013, 02:04 AM
I think my e disco for the sway bar is broken as it always blinks like it is disconnected but the drive def feels like it is still connected.
So I am running like that until I get a chance to try and bring it to the dealer to get it warrantied, although I am afraid they will faint when they see the Jeep ... it looks nothing like when I bought it :cheesy:

mcpuck
06-25-2013, 01:38 PM
I had to drive from Tahoe to So Cal with a disconnected sway bar (motor stopped working). Not bad when you are going straight but it sucks in wind, changing lanes, and making turns. Keep that thing connected when you are off the trail. That extra roll may mean the difference if you need a quick reaction.

MTG
06-25-2013, 01:47 PM
I had to drive from Tahoe to So Cal with a disconnected sway bar (motor stopped working). Not bad when you are going straight but it sucks in wind, changing lanes, and making turns. Keep that thing connected when you are off the trail. That extra roll may mean the difference if you need a quick reaction.

Couldn't you have just pulled the actuator off for the drive home?

mcpuck
06-25-2013, 01:52 PM
Couldn't you have just pulled the actuator off for the drive home?

I donít know! :thinking: Iím a lover not a mechanic. :shock:

Serg5000
06-25-2013, 03:53 PM
My friend rolls his 4runner without the front sway bar connected. Sometimes it looks like he is going to roll over. We keep telling him to re connect but he is pig headed. Unfortunately he will understand why we kept insisting one day.

mrjester
06-25-2013, 04:55 PM
mine is disconnected most of the time, however if I plan to drive more then 20 miles from home, or travel at speeds more then 35 miles per hour, I connect it back up...I wouldn't want to risk the saftey of my wife or children if I need to make a quick turn or dive out of the way of harm.

Evilidea
06-25-2013, 10:03 PM
I just completely removed it from my YJ and I love how she feels and handles now. I broke the sway bar off my ZJ and have had no issues driving it at all. I wouldn't however drive either of em over 55 on something like parleys pass.

jksmith93
06-26-2013, 11:56 PM
Hey WOL, what sway bar do you run on Moby? I remember seeing it a while back but I can't recall.

rinkishjk
06-27-2013, 12:04 AM
Hey WOL, what sway bar do you run on Moby? I remember seeing it a while back but I can't recall.

Pretty sure he runs the stock sway bars.

phillypete
06-27-2013, 12:20 AM
So in the spectrum of stock swaybar to no swaybar, where does a system like the Currie Antirock fall in terms if off road flex and on road stability?

rinkishjk
06-27-2013, 01:28 AM
So in the spectrum of stock swaybar to no swaybar, where does a system like the Currie Antirock fall in terms if off road flex and on road stability?

Well I have the Currie front anti rock and it gives alot more stable feeling on off camber stuff for me while still flexing just like my rubicon swaybar did. It has a bit more flex on road, but for me feels alot softer than the Rubi edisco. Overall I love it and am happy. Not sure if I would like the rear one also...

SPIELUHR
06-27-2013, 04:17 AM
I disconnected mine for the first time today just to mess around not sure if ill leave it disconnected or not

1 being my tires rub on it whether its connected or not connected. I don't have it lifted yet so this being said this is where I have them sitting

37032

is there some other way to put them that would be better ??

2 question is I plan on getting quick disconnects the brand ive been looking at makes them for a 0 - 2" lift and a 2" - 3" lift I plan on going with a 3" lift would I mess anything up if I put the 2" - 3" ones on even tho the jeep isn't lifted ??

JeepinLife
06-30-2013, 01:37 PM
I disconnected mine for the first time today just to mess around not sure if ill leave it disconnected or not

1 being my tires rub on it whether its connected or not connected. I don't have it lifted yet so this being said this is where I have them sitting

37032

is there some other way to put them that would be better ??

2 question is I plan on getting quick disconnects the brand ive been looking at makes them for a 0 - 2" lift and a 2" - 3" lift I plan on going with a 3" lift would I mess anything up if I put the 2" - 3" ones on even tho the jeep isn't lifted ??

I would say no. The only thing that really matters is the new links will be longer. I just went to tractor supply and made my own quick disconnects for 20 bucks.

JeepinLife
06-30-2013, 01:40 PM
I am still running mine without it. Ride is better.

GCM 2
06-30-2013, 02:30 PM
I'm still amazed at how many of you would drive on the street with sway bars disconnected all the time :cheesy:

Berzerker
06-30-2013, 03:02 PM
I'm against it on the principle theory of "this side up."

catahoula
06-30-2013, 03:06 PM
Borderline nutso maybe?

JeepinLife
06-30-2013, 03:18 PM
Well the post was originated to put safety aside for a second (its always a number one priority) and see if there would be any other negative effect to the jeep. I would recommend it for the one time you to have to make a quick maneuver. :thumb:

Tranquillity
07-01-2013, 01:52 AM
Is it legal in your area ? It is not where I live. I would not go on the highway disconnected, it's like holding on a grenade without the safety pin :twocents:

Sharkey
07-01-2013, 02:00 AM
I guess my question would be why?

FrankenJeeper
07-01-2013, 02:02 AM
I would not go on the highway disconnected, it's like holding on a grenade without the safety pin :twocents:

^ x2


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1977 CJ5

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JeepinLife
07-01-2013, 01:42 PM
I guess my question would be why?

It's not about whether or not its a good idea.. I think we all agree you should run it.

OverlanderJK
07-01-2013, 02:40 PM
To answer your question and end this thread, no there are no ill effects to your rig from running disconnected.

SPIELUHR
07-01-2013, 02:47 PM
I agree with Jeepinlife safety wasn't the original purpose of this thread of coarse we all know its safer to run with it connected im more concerned if I decided to go on a wheelin trip and decided to disconnect them before I left since I don't have quick disconnects. I don't think anyone would want to sit around while I wrench them off on the trail, so would it cause any negative effects to the jeep running it like that. sorry if I worded it different in my last post

SPIELUHR
07-01-2013, 02:48 PM
To answer your question and end this thread, no there are no ill effects to your rig from running disconnected.

Thank you Overlander

OverlanderJK
07-01-2013, 02:51 PM
I agree with Jeepinlife safety wasn't the original purpose of this thread of coarse we all know its safer to run with it connected im more concerned if I decided to go on a wheelin trip and decided to disconnect them before I left since I don't have quick disconnects. I don't think anyone would want to sit around while I wrench them off on the trail, so would it cause any negative effects to the jeep running it like that. sorry if I worded it different in my last post

You can disconnect in the time it takes to air down. Doesn't take too long.

FrankenJeeper
07-01-2013, 05:12 PM
You can disconnect in the time it takes to air down. Doesn't take too long.

Takes me 5 minutes tops to disconnect at the trail head.


2010 JKU Sport
1977 CJ5

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Dave_g
07-06-2013, 10:05 PM
I had mine disconnected for about 2 weeks while I was waiting on some new EVO ones after I flipped my RK ones.