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post #1 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 01:56 PM Thread Starter
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swaybar ????? install

Hey guys, what is all needed to install a sway bar on my 1973 cj5 it looks like it's never had one. A local shop wants up to 900.00 to put one on. Any thoughts.
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post #2 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 02:19 PM
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For $900.00 you had better get dinner and a kiss before you get screwed!
Just find a similar model getting parted out and pirate the sway bar from it. Replace the bushings and bolt it up.
It's not rocket surgery.
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post #3 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 04:33 PM
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Not sure what year Jeep started using sway bars. If it has never had one, you may need more than the bar/busings. You may also need frame mounts, end links, and spring plates with mounts.
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post #4 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 04:51 PM
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Not sure what year Jeep started using sway bars. If it has never had one, you may need more than the bar/busings. You may also need frame mounts, end links, and spring plates with mounts.
With the older frame, you may have to do a little work to mount it. Don't see why it couldn't easily be done though.
Here's a complete setup on Fleabay for $75. With shipping $100. That's a bit steep, but not unreasonable if you are in an area without a lot of Jeep parts available. I paid $40 for mine from a private seller a few years back.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/76-86-Jeep-C...8c906f&vxp=mtr

$900........

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Thanks guys I thought 900was steep also. Question, the eBay add will it work on my 73 ?
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post #6 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 05:35 PM
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Why do you want the dang thing?
I took mine off the day I drove my Jeep home. Over 29+ years ago. Never missed it one dang bit and sure made the off-road ride much better that the CJ's that kept theirs.
IIRC-Did 73's even come with one??
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post #7 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 05:46 PM Thread Starter
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Because I like the ride my 88 wrangler has and it has one on it.that's all, just figured it can't hurt it and may help my ride.
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post #8 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 06:01 PM
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Not the same Jeep. Go look at the leaf spring packs.
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post #9 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 06:43 PM
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Because I like the ride my 88 wrangler has and it has one on it.that's all, just figured it can't hurt it and may help my ride.
No doubt it will help the ride. I can disconnect mine and compare the ride with and without them. It's like night and day. The softer the suspension, the more of a difference they make.
Some people can't just help out with the question asked. They must also tell you that your Jeep should be a certain way because that's how theirs is.

I don't believe a sway bar was an option back in 73. The bracket to hold the bar to the frame is simply two bolts from the bottom up into the frame, and one going through the frame from the side. Other than the width, I don't think it would be too much problems to mount one up. I run mine with narrow track axles, and no problems with it.

Mine didn't originally have one. But I can't remember if all of the mounting holes were in the frame when I added it, or if I had to mount it from scratch. It's a little different being a 78 though.

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The 4 bolt holes in the frame are 'nut-plates' via the factory.
Does your frame have the holes in the frame?
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post #11 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 07:06 PM
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It's not hard to drop 4 3/8 bolts down through the frame to mount the brackets. That's how mine are mounted. Just can't remember if the holes were already there or not.
The third bolt runs completely through the frame and out the other side.See if it looks like you can do something similar with yours.




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post #12 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 09:21 PM
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You won't need it. Dad has a 72 CJ5 with out one.

If the Jeep is properly aligned, etc, you will never need one.

Beat it to fit, paint it to match!

Wheel, Wrench, Repeat.
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post #13 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 09:26 PM
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You won't need it. Dad has a 72 CJ5 with out one.

If the Jeep is properly aligned, etc, you will never need one.
THIS X2!

The ONLY reason, that anti-sway bar was ever put on a CJ was because of that lying hack-job, CBS's 60 Minutes did about roll overs.
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post #14 of 69 Old 04-28-2014, 11:01 PM
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I think I have most or all for a narrow track.....can look in am if you want. At work now....

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post #15 of 69 Old 04-29-2014, 01:31 AM
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I agree with skizriz. Despite what the 'keyboard engineers' say, the sway bar does make a noticeable difference with handling on pavement.

I encourage you to install one.

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