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post #1 of 59 Old 02-16-2010, 09:31 PM Thread Starter
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Why did my sway bar shift?

Hello hello hello everyone

i was driving back from class earlier and i noticed an unusual rubbing/popping noise in the front right. So i pulled over and went under to see whats up...seems like my sway bar shifted towards the drivers side.

I read up on how to recenter it and will do so tomorrow. The real question is why did this happen?

Here are a few things that i did in the last few days that i have never done previosly. Did a few donuts in the snow but nothing rough...matbe 3 donuts on pure snow so it glided easily. I also flexed it for the very first time in its life. I climbed on a large snow pile. Never have i off roaded or flexed this TJ at all, this little snow bank is the only flex it has EVER seen. Looked pretty cool, although its very puny since its all stock suspension. Lastly, the roads are around me are pretty bad. Bumps, potholes.... Thats NYC for ya...

I am just curious what caused the swaybar to shift and how do i know that i need to replace my swat bar link bushings?

Thank you!!!

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post #2 of 59 Old 02-16-2010, 10:13 PM
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that exact same thing happened to my jeep. It still hasn't been fixed because i broke a bolt in the frame trying to fix the shifting. Maybe replace the bushings? if its not that, then check the geometry of your suspension
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post #3 of 59 Old 02-16-2010, 10:17 PM
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Guys, just remove the plastic "jeep" cover to take a look at how the sway bar is held in place. It can move, there's nothing wrong with your sway bars. If you don't want it to move, get a couple clamps to lock it into place.

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my cover is gone. i put the bar back into place and drive it around for a little bit and it moves back to one side hitting the frame. now my frame has some digs in it and the sway bar nut is rubbing and about to break off
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post #5 of 59 Old 02-16-2010, 10:28 PM
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Hammer it back over and lock it into place.......paint the frame so it doesn't rust.

What's the big deal here?

OlllllllO

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post #6 of 59 Old 02-16-2010, 10:49 PM
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Jeep Swaybar Shifting Over Fix

It happens to a lot of Jeeps. Mine actually rubbed into the frame quite a bit before I noticed. I bought the clamps posted above and it has worked great.

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^^^ thats perfect!
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post #8 of 59 Old 02-17-2010, 02:48 AM
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just leave it disconnected shoot. mines been disconnected for a year!
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post #9 of 59 Old 02-17-2010, 02:58 AM
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I've installed these Sway Bar Clamp System by Fabtech and Other Jeep Parts and Jeep Accessories by 4 Wheel Drive Hardware cheap-cool mode,problem fixed!


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post #10 of 59 Old 02-17-2010, 08:39 AM Thread Starter
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Does anyone know of the diameter of the sway bar? I need to make a trip to home depot tonight and buy 2 clamps of some sort. Would something as simple as hose clamps work do you think?

Now that i know how to fix it, my real question still remains...why did this occur? Flexing? Potholes?

Thanks everyone for the help so far and thank you chadsmeltzer, the link is VERY helpful!

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just use some hose clamps, trial and error. it shifted because when you "flexed" it, it tried pulling the sway bar over. put a hose clamp on each inner side of the sway bar frame mounts.

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Hammer it back over and lock it into place.......paint the frame so it doesn't rust.

What's the big deal here?

that dd rubi on 37's
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just leave it disconnected shoot. mines been disconnected for a year!
Yeah, excellent advice for a daily driver.

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Im gonna have mine connected for sure. I fell like there would be extra wobble and the braking might not be as good when it comes to making sudden or hard stops.

The sway bar will technically keep the tires planted a bit better on the ground.
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post #15 of 59 Old 02-17-2010, 10:44 AM
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just leave it disconnected shoot. mines been disconnected for a year!
Because some of us like a little less body roll and a little more control when on the road maybe?
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