The rear sway bar in my 98 zj limited was bent, so I manages to bend it to a point were I could through some new mounting brackets on , only problem is now because its bent the brackets squeak like hell when I hit a bump and I'm contemplating just removing it Untill i can get a Replacement one .Opinions ?
I'm at 4.5" on 32s, and no rear sway bar as the PO removed it. If most of your driving is around town, you probably wont notice it a whole lot. However on the interstate, you can feel it, as it feels like your rear end is swaying back and forth. Especially on windier days.
But if like you said, and you don't drive it a whole lot, you'll be fine without it. Wont notice much of a huge difference really, but you will know that it isn't there, and will feel it not being there. Just my experience.
There is pretty much no improvement in flex with the rear removed. It's so small that it doesn't hinder you, but you WILL notice it gone at 45+ speeds.
You actually want some body sway control on the trails as well - not just on the road. A fully disconnected coil-sprung vehicle isn't exactly the best to wheel around when in some tighter "pucker-factor" spots. I'd actually prefer setting up Currie anti-rock for the front and either keep the stock rear or upgrade to an anti-rock there as well instead of running front fully disco'd.
There isn't much difference in rear wheel articualtion with the rear sway bar connected, but it does provide some sway control nevertheless. On the highways, front sway bar does most of the work though..
In short, get a new one and run it without the rear until you find one.
Well I plan in replacing it soon its just the sqeaking annoys me alot ha , tomorrow will be the first time it's on the highway to get get tires mounted and balanced maybe ill just take it off after as a precautionary movement
I drove mine with out front sway bar links for a while and that was a little nerve racking but the rear one shouldn't be as crucial, what it sounds like you need is some new bushings not that much money ....
coil sprung vehicle with no sway bars, think of a jeep sitting on top of 4 slinkies.
that said, do you have a front sway bar? hook it up and you can take the rear off until you get a new one, that will be fine. addco or whatnots a good upgrade.
i drive around with my front unhooked all the time. might even take it off. i keep the rear on at all times. the rear one is really wimpy, so it doesn't hinder flexability much at all, but provides enough rigidity to keep the jeep stable.
I have the front one and its always connected ,I've owned the jeep for 3 months and have only put 300 miles on it ( I usually drive it on the weekends so I don't have to drive my commuter car around and to keep the engine running ) so there should be no harm me just taking it off until I get a new one .