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    sway-bar removal

    removed it.... never putting it back. i've bounced off the rev limiter on a long turn and it was fine.

    just going to keep it around for warranty work.

    it rides a lot better and soaks up the bumps better.




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    Re: sway-bar removal

    Could you or someone provide a detailed procedure for removal of the sway bars that could be used by someone mechanically challenged (such as me)Pictures would be great...
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    Re: sway-bar removal

    took me 15 min...I am writing up the procedure with pics...stand by.
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    Re: sway-bar removal

    Tools needed:
    14mm deep socket and related ratchet (3/8' or 1/2" your pick)
    12mm box end wrench
    12mm deep socket
    *needle nose vise grips (4"-6" size = small)

    1. Raise dump bed
    2. Use 14mm deep socket to remove nut from each sway bar end link at lower control arm (L & R sides)
    3. Note: if stud "spins" and nut will not come off, then use needle nose vise grips to keep stud from turning. Then nut should come off.
    4. Close bed to "normal" position
    5. Use 12mm box end wrench and 12mm deep socket to remove sway bar mounts (2 total on sway bar).
    6. Sway bar should now be "loose".
    7. Carefully lift, position, wiggle the sway bar out, so it can be removed.
    8. DONE!







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    Re: sway-bar removal

    Thanks for that write-up! I will be doing mine tomorrow.
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    Re: sway-bar removal

    You don't need the vies grips. There is a allen key that goes into the end of the sway bar that keeps it from spinning when you take it off. You do have to use a wrench instead of a socket though.

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    Icon14 Re: sway-bar removal

    Very nice write up with pictures! Took about 15 minutes to remove. Went up 2 clicks on the rear shocks as well. Going for a ride this afternoon, will give some feedback. Thanks

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    Re: sway-bar removal

    sfrankland is correct. You may use a 5mm allen key to keep it from spinning. For me, one side came off with out issue when I used the socket. I did not notice the ability to put an allen key in there. Options are always a good thing.

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    Re: sway-bar removal

    As the original requester, I want to thank JamesBentley very much for the time and effort he put into his reply. Much appreciated

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    Re: sway-bar removal

    Has anyone noticed a lot of roll with the sway arm removed and a heavy load in the box, I'm thinking about taking mine off but I'm always carrying a bunch of crap around with me. Like chainsaws, guns, bait, firewood, coolers, tug straps, and hopefully a dead deer all at the same time!

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    Re: sway-bar removal

    I have had the box rounded up with gravel and 4" stone with the sway bar off and never noticed any issues. The sway bar in my mind makes the ride worse in all riding conditions.

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    Re: sway-bar removal

    I don't under stand why you guys have removed the sway bar, can you please explain why you are removing it. Seanile
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    Re: sway-bar removal

    "Articulation"
    The suspension is more flexible in the rear and less harsh over bumps when the sway bar is off.
    I don't own a Jeep Wrangler Rubicon, but disconnecting the sway bar (push a dash mounted button on that model) allows the suspension to "move" more up and down (that's the articulation).
    Articulation allows for better traction, since the wheels have better contact with the ground when traveling over irregular or rough surfaces.
    For Jeeps and vehicles larger than a Big Red, a normal trade-off can be excessive body sway/roll when ON-Road...to the point of being unsafe for anything other than OFF-Road (slow) 4-wheeling.
    Most (if not all) have reported NO issue in handling or safety with their Big Reds...even at top speed going around a corner, a heavy load in the bed or while towing a loaded trailer.
    It is maybe a 15-30min job and you can always put it back.
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    Re: sway-bar removal

    body roll is normally a big issue with removing sway bars.... but with this vehicle the center of gravity is so low that it really isnt an issue.




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    Re: sway-bar removal

    Just pulled mine off, as soon as I get tires mounted, I'll go to an I level area that makes one tire come off the ground and see if it helped. Always had to put it in 4 high.

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