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Unread 06-25-2014, 01:19 PM   #1
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Aftermarket front sway bar with no rear sway bar

I have a 04 that is currently running the OEM sway bar with JKS disconnects up front and no sway bar in the rear (it's an X package so it would seem the previous owner removed it). The front sway bar and disconnects both have seen better days. Instead of spending the money on replacing the front components, I was looking at an aftermarket setup (anti rock or swayloc). My question/concern here would be: do I need to track down a rear OEM sway bar to use one these front aftermarket sway bars? This is a DD with daily highway and monthly off road use. The lack of a rear sway bar hasn't been all that noticeable, but I wasn't sure if the aftermarket setup required the rear. Any insight would be appreciated!

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Unread 06-25-2014, 01:21 PM   #2
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yes, you should get a rear swaybar whether you choose AR or oem for the front
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Unread 06-25-2014, 01:24 PM   #3
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You do need a rear sway bar and links, for safety reasons. The front sway bars to not wear out, only the links. You can get a set fairly cheap depending on the amount of lift you have.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 01:35 PM   #4
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You do need a rear sway bar and links, for safety reasons. The front sway bars to not wear out, only the links. You can get a set fairly cheap depending on the amount of lift you have.
The bar itself isn't wore out, though it looks to be a little bent on the passenger side. If you center the sway bar on the frame, the end of the sway bar sits closer to the frame than other TJs I have compared it to. Nothing to serious. It just bothers me.
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Why would you even run w/o a rear? Do you think you will achieve better flex? You won't You'll just get WAY more sway which will cause a roll on the highway.... Get a stock rear with extended links depending on your lift. The front, I'm biased to the AR as that's what I have and its wonderful. I also have the stock rear with longer links and this is what my rear can do on 35's with 4" lift and 1" body lift.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:04 PM   #6
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I run it. Front SwayLoc and no rear. Im waiting on a JK stock rear sway bar so I can have the rear again. But truthfully, probably because of the way the jeep is setup, I feel no sway, steering is direct and no different than with a sway bar in the rear.


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Why would you even run w/o a rear? Do you think you will achieve better flex? You won't You'll just get WAY more sway which will cause a roll on the highway.... Get a stock rear with extended links depending on your lift. The front, I'm biased to the AR as that's what I have and its wonderful. I also have the stock rear with longer links and this is what my rear can do on 35's with 4" lift and 1" body lift.
Let's not be dramatic here. With a a stock front sway bar, on the road, you'll notice virtually no difference. Lets remember many TJs rolled out of the factory without a rear sway bar.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:21 PM   #8
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Why would you even run w/o a rear? Do you think you will achieve better flex? You won't You'll just get WAY more sway which will cause a roll on the highway.... Get a stock rear with extended links depending on your lift. The front, I'm biased to the AR as that's what I have and its wonderful. I also have the stock rear with longer links and this is what my rear can do on 35's with 4" lift and 1" body lift.
As I stated, the rear sway bar looks to have been removed prior to me getting it. Why was it? I have no idea. It was only after replacing the shocks and springs that I noticed it wasn't there. As for noticeable roll? I am either used to it or it has been negligible. I don't usually hit my turns hard and hadn't had to dodge anything. So far the general consensus seems to be "locate a rear sway bar and get it installed", especially if I am going to go with an aftermarket setup.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 02:27 PM   #9
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I run it. Front SwayLoc and no rear. Im waiting on a JK stock rear sway bar so I can have the rear again. But truthfully, probably because of the way the jeep is setup, I feel no sway, steering is direct and no different than with a sway bar in the rear.


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Thank you for the response! With hearing a few TJ's came off the line without a rear sway bar, I thought maybe someone has run an aftermarket setup in the front and nothing in the rear.

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Let's not be dramatic here. With a a stock front sway bar, on the road, you'll notice virtually no difference. Lets remember many TJs rolled out of the factory without a rear sway bar.
That's what I have heard. Personally, I hadn't noticed any roll on the highway. I have been driving this for a few years now sans rear sway bar.
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As I stated, the rear sway bar looks to have been removed prior to me getting it. Why was it? I have no idea. It was only after replacing the shocks and springs that I noticed it wasn't there. As for noticeable roll? I am either used to it or it has been negligible. I don't usually hit my turns hard and hadn't had to dodge anything. So far the general consensus seems to be "locate a rear sway bar and get it installed", especially if I am going to go with an aftermarket setup.
Yet !!!!
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Yet !!!!
Haha Currie has a "bolt on" rear antirock (though you still have to weld on tabs). If I am going to put a rear sway bar in, I might as well go big right? From the responses here and what I have glanced at elsewhere, looks like I will be investing in sway bars all around.

Thanks for the responses guys!
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Haha Currie has a "bolt on" rear antirock (though you still have to weld on tabs). If I am going to put a rear sway bar in, I might as well go big right? From the responses here and what I have glanced at elsewhere, looks like I will be investing in sway bars all around.

Thanks for the responses guys!
If you got the $$$ why not.
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Let's not be dramatic here. With a a stock front sway bar, on the road, you'll notice virtually no difference. Lets remember many TJs rolled out of the factory without a rear sway bar.
How did those early model SE TJ's not roll over on every turn.
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Currie has a "bolt on" rear antirock (though you still have to weld on tabs).
Do your homework on that one. I know someone with a Currie rear antirock and I think that is why he had to relocate his shocks and rotate brake calipers to the front of the rotor. Not sure if you have drums.
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Unread 06-25-2014, 03:57 PM   #15
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Do your homework on that one. I know someone with a Currie rear antirock and I think that is why he had to relocate his shocks and rotate brake calipers to the front of the rotor. Not sure if you have drums.
I was more so being facetious that anything on that post. I do have drum brakes. I have seen Currie's instructions on it and done a little bit of reading on their rear sway bar option. I find it funny it is listed as a bolt on application.
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