Slight Update and Response to Specific Questions
The Teraflex S/T Swaybar system is indeed a fancy disconnect system that costs as much as an Anti-rock. Once disconnected you get all of the benefits and drawbacks of a typical swaybar disconnect at 2 - 3 times the cost (but more convenience).
I did finally see ONE Jeep in the last year that had the Teraflex S/T system. Curious, I decided to ask the owner how he liked it. He used to run the Anti-rock system and decided to try the Teraflex offering. After running it for less than 2 months he can't wait to switch back to the Anti-rock. The cross-member inserts weren't holding up and were getting loose and the Jeep didn't handle as well off-road as it did with the Anti-rock.
While the Anti-rock isn't super common up here in the NW where I live I have seen 6 or 7 other rigs running them. All of whom had owners that loved the things.
I don't mean to plug the Anti-rock . . . but it's good.
However, there are better options on the market and I would rate them as follows from best to worse. All have their drawbacks but all, also, aid in increasing flex and articulation.
1. ORO's Sway-Loc - $550
This is the ultimate swaybar system for the TJs. With it you get the best of both world as it's two sway-bars in one. There is a thinner inner shaft that acts like the Anti-rock for trail use. But when you engage the outershaft the unit reacts like a stock swaybar to resist body roll. On top of all this the thing has an air-actuated solenoid so if you have OBA you can engage and disengage at the flick of a switch while still driving the rig. The draw back is the price and so far there is not a manually operated set up. So unless you have OBA (highly desireable in itself) it may prove tricky to engage and disengage the system.
2. Currie's Anti-rock Swaybar - $280
Great off-road swaybar that works in conjunction with the rear swaybar to balance the chassis between front and rear axles. Due to this balance there's a traction benefit realized that goes beyond simply having more flex. It has 5 different settings on the control arms and once set is brainless to operate and requires no intervention, just roll on and roll off the trail. The draw back to this is a noticeable increase in body roll on-road. However, the swaybar does work and provides for safe and predictable road handling that you quickly get acclimated to. Also, this swaybar, like the Sway-loc would limit RTI scores but in the real world the 4% loss of max flex is far far outweighed by all the control, traction, and handling benefits this unit provides. The Anti-rock is a creat combination between ease of use, articulation, chassis control, traction, and cost-for-benefit.
3. Standard Quick Disconnect System - $100 - $130
These include such quick disconnects as the JKS Quicker Disconnects, the Teraflex standard quick disconnects, the RE Gen II discos, and the like. They provide the maximum amount of flex but offer no other benefits such as the two examples above. Easy to install and often adjutable these provide a reasonably quick way of disconnecting the swaybar for offroad travel: pull pins and tuck the swaybar up out of the way. It does require you to get out of the Jeep to both disconnec and reconnect. The draw backs to these units are that there's no additional benefits they offer besides loads of flexibility. Also, it is often difficult to re-connect or re-align the end links with the pins, especially if the Jeep is on un-even terrain or the suspension covered with mud. It may be necessary to rock the Jeep back and forth to line up.
4. Teraflex S/T Swaybar System - $300
This system is basically a slick swaybar disconnect this is engaged and disengaged at the twist of a knob. Like the other disconnect systems is provides a lot of articulation but at the cost of no other handling and chassis control benefits. The convenience factore of this disconnect system far exceeds the standard discos but at a heft cost of 2 - 3 times more expensive. For this reason it ranked below the standard discos. Draw backs include price for convenience trade off and that for such it offers nothing beyond the standard discos.
5. Home-made Disconnects - $5-10
These are typically made up of a collection of hardware from the local home improvement store. The most common is a 7/16" clevis pin with some washers and a quick pin. More sophisticated setups use a very coarse thread 7/16" bolt with a wing nut, washers, and drilled hole with quick-pin used to keep the wing nut from backing out. When disconnected this provides the same benefits as the standard quick discos or the Teraflex system. However, the draw backs seem to be durability. Often there is some loose tolerances with the off-the-shelf hardware which causes wear over time. They can also be more difficult and cumbersum to re-connect after trail use. . . but then again, they're $5-10.
Last edited by lupinsea; 01-27-2006 at 01:54 PM.