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Unread 08-23-2009, 01:41 PM   #1
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On the bright side, one of my clunks is gone....

Well i was doing a little offroading yesterday and towards the end of the trail, i realized that a clunk that i had acquired earlier in the day was getting worse and worse. I figured i was almost out, about a half mile of easy trail left until maintained gravel road, so i'd just wait 'til i was off the trail to check what was up (because i didn't have any tools with me and i wouldn't be able to fix anything out on the trail anyway).

Well with about a quarter mile to go, i heard what sounded like a small bell ring from just inside my right rear tire. So i got out to have a looksie and saw:





As you can see, basically where the swaybar link attaches to the "frame" just decided to rip out. I panicked at first, but then figured i didn't NEED my swaybar, so i drove home.



Now for the bad news. I need to drive 700 miles back to school on Tuesday. I was originally planning on driving the Jeep and pulling about 3000 lbs of trailer. But now i don't think that would be safe to do. But i want to ask you guys. There's an offroad shop right near campus that i trust and i would love to have them fix this problem. But i'm wondering if driving the Jeep such a long distance (especially towing a trailer) would completely ruin the frame. So what do you guys think?



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Unread 08-23-2009, 01:45 PM   #2
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I've driven my jeep for at least 5k miles without a rear sway bar, you'l be fine.

EDIT: Nevermind, since you're towing a trailer I wouldn't recommend it. At this point you're going to have to have someone weld in a new mount.
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Unread 08-23-2009, 02:18 PM   #3
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Ouch. Yeah, I have to agree with Gator. There's no way you should tow anything with that looking like that. Better to have someone weld a new one in (hey, added beef....) than to even think about chancing it.
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Unread 08-23-2009, 02:20 PM   #4
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I towed my CJ5 180 miles without a rear sway bar. I forgot it was off. No problem on my end. I also tow lots of other things besides it.
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Unread 08-23-2009, 02:42 PM   #5
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Well i'm not so much worried about having no sway bar as i am about having a gigantic chunk of frame missing.

I can handle leaving earlier and driving slower if there's no swaybar, i just want to know if the integrity of the frame is compromised by missing a fat piece.
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Unread 08-23-2009, 02:45 PM   #6
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It's nothing to worry about but definitely get a new bracket welded on when you get done with your trip. You will also have to be careful on the highway of other people. With no rear sway bar, the rear really likes to roll so any quick lane changes could be dangerous, especially towing.
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Just go 45mph.
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