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Unread 11-04-2003, 07:35 PM   #1
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WJ Rear sway bar upgrade

Hi All,

I am thinking about upgrading my rear sway bar to the ADDCO heavy duty bar. I am told this removes a lot of body roll and movement and improves handling.

Has anyone else in this forum done this? What were the results?

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Unread 11-04-2003, 08:17 PM   #2
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The write-up sounds really good. http://www.wjjeeps.com/swaybars.htm
I'm very interested. But $235 is a lot of money for a piece of bent metal. I'll be curious to hear first hand accounts.
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Unread 11-05-2003, 07:16 AM   #3
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The write-up sounds really good. http://www.wjjeeps.com/swaybars.htm
I'm very interested. But $235 is a lot of money for a piece of bent metal. I'll be curious to hear first hand accounts.
Since when did it go to $235? Got mine for $125 from kolak on JU. While the Addco rear sway improves performance on road, (one of the better mods i've spent money on) it will dampen performance offroad, it unhook mine while off. It is a worth while investment...that is all
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Unread 11-05-2003, 12:31 PM   #4
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I got that price off of Addco's website. Please tell me more about where you ordered yours. You feel the on-road improvement is as good as they claim?
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Unread 12-20-2013, 04:11 PM   #5
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I have a 4in lift on my 01 WJ and I want to upgrade the front and rear sway bars would I have to get new links as well? Also does anyone have any suggestions on what brand to go with?
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Unread 12-20-2013, 04:43 PM   #6
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^^^yes endlinks length will need to be correct for your lift to keep the endlink swaybar working angle correct.

And YES!!!! It reduces bodyroll and highway stability, at stock height it cornered as a sportscar, with the 2" lift, it was also impressive handling curves
I think the rear one makes the most difference, as That bouncy *** needs to be controled.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 05:33 PM   #7
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Hi All,

I am thinking about upgrading my rear sway bar to the ADDCO heavy duty bar. I am told this removes a lot of body roll and movement and improves handling.

Has anyone else in this forum done this? What were the results?

Cheers

Chuma

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Your front bar may look big but from 1999 to late 2003 the front bars were hollow. It is not a good idea to have a rear bar as strong as your front bar, it messes up weight transfer when cornering.

So for other than 2004 WJs to get the best handling you should upgrade your front bar first. You can either buy Addco's solid front bar or buy a 2004 WJ bar that is also a solid front bar from a wrecking yard. The 04 bar is about 1/16" smaller than an ADDCO bar but it is forged so it is likely very close to Addco bar in stiffness. For our friends across the pond, all the export WJs with diesel engines have a different part number, I believe they have solid bars but can not confirm that.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 05:36 PM   #8
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I was having major rear end sway while braking and the addco bar majorly improved that. A definite upgrade. I would check price on amazon too
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Unread 12-20-2013, 06:07 PM   #9
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Tried it, dumped it, went back to stock. They bang and rattle over every bump. Also, some people have actually torn the mount and cracked the unibody frame from using the bar. Too bad your not in southern ontario canada, I would give you the bar for free.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 08:17 PM   #10
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I've got about 50K miles on both front and rear Addco swaybars. A dramatic improvement over the stock coat hanger ones. Some good shocks will help too.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 11:36 PM   #11
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Send me a PM if you'd like information about the Addcos. I've been an Addco dealer for their Jeep products for over 15 years and would be happy to answer technical questions and I have good pricing too.
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Unread 12-20-2013, 11:58 PM   #12
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Definately check your front bar; doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to which bar is installed.
If it's the hollow one, the solid or Addco front bar makes the most difference

Also be aware you need spacers on the rear Addco or it will rub on the cover.

If mine spent all the time on the pavement I would add the rear, but it most definately limits flex and has been known to rip out the stock mounts offroad.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 07:57 PM   #13
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Does the addco/2004 front sway bar limit off road ability. And does anyone else have good things to say about upgrading the front?
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Unread 12-21-2013, 08:06 PM   #14
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Does the addco/2004 front sway bar limit off road ability. And does anyone else have good things to say about upgrading the front?
Any thicker/stiffer sway bar will limit off road ability while connected, however you can simply unbolt them and tie them up out of the way to disconnect them and then your WJ will flex like Arnold at a strong-man competition. You can also purchase commercially made quick disconnects which make it a simple pin pull to disconnect rather than unbolting. Personally I don't mind spending five minutes disconnecting rather than spending (what I believe to be) too much money on those.

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Definately check your front bar; doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason as to which bar is installed.
If it's the hollow one, the solid or Addco front bar makes the most difference

Also be aware you need spacers on the rear Addco or it will rub on the cover.

If mine spent all the time on the pavement I would add the rear, but it most definately limits flex and has been known to rip out the stock mounts offroad.
My Addco does not rub on the cover at all. That is only an issue if you have a larger cover I thought. And the only times I've heard of it ripping out stock mounts was when incorrect link length was used.

Also why not just disconnect offroad? (Not trying to pick on you, genuinely asking) Of the time spent on road, my Addco makes a ton of difference, but offroad I agree it limits flex a ton, which is why I just unbolt the links from the bar before getting on the trail.
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Unread 12-21-2013, 08:09 PM   #15
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Ok I just remembered the front you can get quick disconnects so forget about the off road question. But does it still help on road?
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