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post #31 of 33 Old 02-25-2009, 08:22 PM Thread Starter
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OP.. do this... Tell Dad you want them off, Have him take a drive in the Jeep with the trac bars off and on but make sure he doesn't know if they're on or not. You know ,like a blindfold taste test. See if he notices any difference and make him tell you which ride had the trac bars on. If he can't tell or likes the trac bar off ride, You Win! I get a much better ride without them. I will say that the swaybar should stay installed for the road though.
My son( burnerboy) just bought his 1st Jeep. His trac bars will be right next to mine in the garage. The swaybar stays (with disconnects).!
Lol i have had my dad drive it when the sway bar was off and he didnt know he thought it was just squirly because the short wheel base he doesnt care about stability he just doesnt want extra stress on other parts he knows im a good driver and responsable he just doesnt want me to have to pay for ball joints or tie rod ends or stuff like that because its causing them more stress ya know

Yea he didnt care when i got rid of the rear track bar just worried about the front


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post #32 of 33 Old 02-25-2009, 08:30 PM
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Trac bars won't overstress those parts. If anything it may allow the spring bushings to better distribute the stresses. As long as the frame is good, the spring hangers are solid, the springs are new and the bushings are new it won't do anything bad. Ball joints, rod ends and wheel bearings are more stressed by offset wheels, large tires and hard cornering. The trac bars keep the axle centered, true, but without them the only stress points are the the shackles, shackle mounts and bushings. Keep the swaybar....

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post #33 of 33 Old 02-25-2009, 08:33 PM
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Here's my 2 cents. I've always bragged that my YJ drove like a sports car and most of the buddies were disbelievers until they drove it. Then behind the wheel they can't believe how fun it is to drive- quick, precise, and really on a set of rails.

After removing the front trackbar the steering wheel may not center exactly as before the turning the corner. Also, the steering will be less precise. As the shackles torque up (mine are not tight), the ride becomes stiffer but steering response is better but not like with the trackbar. Yes- I have new poly bushes all around.

With the front track bar installed the front flex is reduced. I have noticed just slightly more body roll with my front track bar removed. My sway is off and the rear trackbar long gone and my 4 leafs are stiff.

Try it and see. Start slowly and just be careful. My YJ just drives like my buddies CJ... oh yeah, 10s of 1000s of those were made- no trackbars.

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