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post #1 of 10 Old 08-23-2017, 09:54 AM Thread Starter
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Anyone repositioned front sway bar??

Within another thread it was recommended that I check out the possibility of moving the front sway bar to create clearance for the steering linkage.

I've got a unique (somewhat) set up where I've done a shackle reversal, WJ Brake upgrade and 1 ton GM tie-rod steering. The problem: There is no way that the DOM steering will clear the stock sway bar. I've got the original pitman and also a waggy pitman to choose from. Checked out positioning for both, and neither are close to working.

A Currie Anti-Rock sway was suggested, and appears to work, but someone also mentioned repositioning the stock sway bar and using different links.

A couple questions, 1) Has someone done this, how and did they run into any issues? 2) Does the sway bar and links need to be at a 90 degree angle, or is there some wiggle room?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-23-2017, 12:59 PM
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here is a thread that talks about crossover steering and issues with the sway bar mounts (axle side) on a TJ. the images are worth a look to see if simply lengthening them will accomplish the task .

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/cr...issues-587352/

As stated in the Anti-rock thread you posted:

It is very common to re-adjust and raise the sway bar axle-side mounts for steering upgrades. Moving them Fore and aft is less common.

Do you have a few pictures of where you are getting interference with your sway bar connectors/axle side mounts? I'm 99.8% sure that the issue you are having has been dealt with and solved before. We just need to see what you are working with to help you with a sure-fire trusted solution.

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Found these on the JCR DIY section: https://www.jcroffroad.com/product/SBRM.html

EDIT: If you watch this video or simply fast forward to the end, you will see a small snippet of how they are planning on using the JCR SwayBar Relocation brackets and where they go on the axle.

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I cant remember @Vernors if you talked about it before but have you tried running without one for a bit yet? I'm not saying it would work for you but a lot of us have ditched the sway bar with good success.
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I relocated mine. To the back corner of the storage shed.
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post #6 of 10 Old 08-24-2017, 09:53 AM Thread Starter
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Yes, I have considered it and there seems to be very passionate opinions about both scenarios : ) I actually may be able to keep the sway bar and raise it a bit. There is room, I'm also checking on using different tie-rod ends. The one I measured against was really heavy duty, might be some other options to use a slightly smaller 1 ton and get it to fit. What I don't know is how articulation is going to affect things. We'll see, but will report back. Thanks for all the advice...
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Remember a while back Yamaha had a ****load of lawsuits on the Rhino for rollovers?
They had a recall.
Their solution was to remove the swaybar completely. That was the recall.

When I got my YJ, I was not a fan at all after coming from a CJ. I had other swaybars around. One that was real close was a swaybar from a 70's Trans Am (rear)
It was half the diameter. Not that exaggerated monster swaybar AMC installed after all the CJ lawsuits.

So if you want a swaybar, cool.
Think outside the box.
Measure, and look around some junkyards and get some ideas. Look at the back of rear wheel drive solid axle cars.
Your going to probably have to re-position it some because of the shackle reversal. Your axle is probably going to have more front to back movement than the standard setup.

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post #8 of 10 Old 08-25-2017, 10:19 AM
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As mentioned earlier, there is a lot of opinions on running with or without sway bars on a YJ. I would suggest driving the Jeep around for a while without them and decide if you really want them. I have a similar set up that you are describing with a shackle reversal, HD heim link steering, with 35's. I run without a stabilizer shock, no track bars, and no sway bars. My Jeep is very easy to drive at 70 mph and is as stable as you would expect any lifted Jeep with 35's to be.


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Originally Posted by jsawduste View Post
I run a Currie Anti Rock and swear by it.

When I went to tons (Currie RJ's) I actually added a JKU bar which is larger in diameter than the what is offered for the YJ.

For off roading I simply readjust the upper link mounting point to the rearmost hole. No problem with articulation.

This is one of those questions that gets asked than answered by folks who have never driven a vehicle that is properly setup.

The common response is that they don't need one, till they drive one and than realize what they have been missing.
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post #10 of 10 Old 08-28-2017, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice everyone. I've pulled the sway bar, am reverting back to the waggy pitman and setting up with 1 ton tie rods. Will continue without a sway for now, and will keep an eye out for a used Currie system...good to know about the JKU bar, if I buy new I'll see if I can have that swapped out as an upgrade. Will post an update when the tie-rods are in and a test drive is done.
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