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post #1 of 25 Old 01-21-2009, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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sway bars or no sway bars?

i have a 2 wheel drive 97 sport and im thinking about taking the sawy bars off for more articulation. my questions are.

how dangerous is it on the road with no sways?

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if im 2x4 does taking the sway bars off help in keeping the rear wheels on the ground and making it easier to climb more technical terrain?

any advice or info from other people who have done this would be nice. thanks.

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post #2 of 25 Old 01-21-2009, 11:26 PM
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eh you can def take off the rear... everyone does that... but for the front... everyone here is going to tell you to keep it on for safety reasons. i drove with mine "disconnected" (the sway bar links were broken and i didnt know) for at least 3 months and you could tell the difference. I dont know if it would be something i would be concerned about.

so heres the thing... disconnect it, and tie it up and drive it for a day or two and go to a parking lot and try some swerving and see how you like the way it feels. if you dont like it you can always hook it back up... just my $.02
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post #3 of 25 Old 01-21-2009, 11:48 PM
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Ditch the rear!! Keep the front on disco's. Diconnect to wheel. Connect for DD.
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post #4 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 05:16 AM
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Ditch the rear!! Keep the front on disco's. Diconnect to wheel. Connect for DD.
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I haven't had sway bars in a long time but mine isn't a DD plus, look at my lift, it doesn't sway much.....
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post #5 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 06:45 AM
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Since you have a 4x2 XJ, you need to remove the rear sway bar and keep the front on. Don't even disconnect it. With the front sway still attached, the front axle won't flex much and will force the rear to flex and stay in contact with the ground.

If you are serious about wheeling a 4x2, you better get a locker in the rear as well too. I wouldn't recommend it though, should probably just find a 4x4.

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post #6 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 07:41 AM
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I'd keep the frt., upgrade it, and just remove the rear. Driving w/o a swaybar is just asking for a problem. Not only for your saftey but others around you. If you want to get a set of discos get some adj. ones similar to JKS or RE. I use the RE ones and love em. Also look into Quickor for a nice aftermarket swaybar. MotionOffroad sells both.

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well theres no point in worrying about sway bars if its 2WD, waste of time......
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2wd xj? Why would you need to disconnect the sway bars to deliver mail?
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post #9 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 11:12 AM
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If you are serious about wheeling a 4x2, you better get a locker in the rear as well too. I wouldn't recommend it though, should probably just find a 4x4.
It would be silly, NOT to put a locker in. 2wd trucks do alright. A posi of sorts in the rear should be manditory. Also, very beefy rear tires should also be Manditory.

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just maybe get a 4wd?

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What about a JEEP SPEED build. Lotsa$$$$$$$

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post #12 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 01:55 PM
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If you have a boat or trailer, don't get rid of the rear. That's what it's there for. It'd drive fine until you got a trailer behind it and tool an off ramp a little fast.

The fronts you can easily unbolt when you need to. So why bother taking them totally off?
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post #13 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 07:30 PM Thread Starter
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well thanks for the tips. the rear is coming of tomorrow. as to all you 4x4 guys talking smack, just wait till i get my locker. haha. im not a crawler type guy im more of a go fast in the dessert kinda guy so a jeep speed build is definately the way this jeep is going. ive done all the medium difficulty trails around here in my buddies 2x4 with a locker and he does just fine. but i guess the fact that i chase for a jeep speed team and i know how to drive helps a bit when it come to rollin around in my 2x4. haha. thanks guys.
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Would love to see a build thread when you get a chance to. If you do decide in a jeep speed project.

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post #15 of 25 Old 01-22-2009, 07:50 PM
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wait so removing the rear sway bar wont have a negative effect on road driveability? my XJ is my DD and sees highway and city driving 95% of the time

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