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post #1 of 7 Old 09-16-2019, 09:22 PM Thread Starter
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Rear sway bar broke

My rear sway bar broke......again, after dropping the rear tire in a gnarly pothole. It broke years back and I never noticed the difference, but welded/ splinted it back together anyway. Took a few years to break the weld. Anyway, I’m not planning on replacing it anytime soon. My question is: Am I better off disconnecting/ removing it all together...VS having one side busted and one side still connected....or does it just not really matter either way. I’m obviously of the line of thought that the rear sway is not vital. Any thoughts???

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post #2 of 7 Old 09-17-2019, 01:52 AM
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Guys will tell you to just get rid of it. The Up Country version of an XJ, slight lift from the factory, does not even come with a sway bar.
If you tow though you might want to reconsider that. I don't so I can't say if it would matter.
Hopefully somebody will chime in about that.
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post #3 of 7 Old 09-17-2019, 05:31 AM
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As long as the broken end does not rub or poke anything necessary, you can leave the larger section in place.

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post #4 of 7 Old 09-17-2019, 06:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the input. I did not not consider the towing end of it......I do on rare occasions.
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post #5 of 7 Old 09-17-2019, 06:37 AM
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The rear sway bar is the first thing I remove on my XJs. You can't tell any noticeable difference.

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post #6 of 7 Old 09-18-2019, 10:20 PM
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I always remove them and throw away.


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post #7 of 7 Old 09-25-2019, 08:37 AM
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Yeah, I don't think the rear sway bar does much but allow it to pass American safety standards. I pulled mine when I lifted my XJ. Just make sure the front has good bushings and end links. I do think the front is very important for a street driven vehicle. I know of a few vehicles that rolled on curves due to front sway bar removal.
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