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#1 10-28-2011 08:29:44

danny
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Registered: 04-11-2009
Posts: 34

sway bar room

On my XJ, I finally got the steering box tapped and mounted after
putting on the heavy duty winch bumper.

Can I just take off the sway bar and drive it like that. On the
passenger side. There is about 1/2 inch between the nut and the
alternator on the inside and 1" of upward action for the sway bar before
it hits the bolt.

I want to get this beast on the trail.....

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#2 10-28-2011 08:31:54

gekim
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 63

Re: sway bar room

I don't understand why you can't run your swaybar, you description had me baffled. The winch bumper is not letting you put it back on? That's horrible design then.

It depends on your suspension. But I would take a conservative approach when it comes to handling and safety on the road.

read this...

From Richard G...

It is pretty universally accepted that the rear sway bar is unnecessary, so it can be removed with little or no consequence. There will be a slight improvement in rear articulation with the rear sway bar removed.

It's a different story with the front sway bar. There are dramatically different experiences between owners of various rigs concerning how their rigs handle with no front sway bar. How well a rig drives without a front sway bar is totally dependent on the suspension of that particular vehicle. With stiff enough springs and the right shocks it can drive well and be safe with no sway bar. However, if the springs and/or shocks are softer the rig can lean excessively in the corners or in quick avoidance type maneuvers, and using the front sway bar would improve the handling and the safety. Generally, it seems that rigs with stiffer coils, like Rancho's or Skyjackers, and/or with stiff rear springs (like BOR or a bunch of add-a-leaves) do much better without the front sway bar.

We can look at it this way.....many rigs need a front sway bar, most are better off with a sway bar, and some handle well without one. It's important for each driver to be realistic and honest with themselves about the handling of their rig without the front sway bar, so use good judgment and be safe. There are some good sway bar disconnects on the market, and it is very easy to make your own quick disconnects by simply using a 10mm wing nut on the top of stock links, so running a front sway bar on the street is an easy thing to do. Since handling relates to safety, it is a good idea to take a conservative approach to running with or without the front sway bar.

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#3 10-28-2011 08:33:41

westside
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 34

Re: sway bar room

If it's a trailer whore-queen then by all means.

But if it's not, and you have a serious accident; your insurance
company (if an inspector notices) may not pay up (or out). If
injuries are involved, possible criminal negligence issues might be
too... (I'm not an attorney, or insurance company, but I know how
crappy they CAN be! ;-)

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#4 10-28-2011 16:07:29

danny
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Registered: 04-11-2009
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Re: sway bar room

So the sway bar needs to be connected when on the highway.....sway bar
disconnects coming...

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#5 10-28-2011 16:08:38

danny
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Registered: 04-11-2009
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Re: sway bar room

On the passenger side, the big bolt hole connection in the frame has
the alternator right there on one side, and the swaybar upward travel on
the other. Jeep put the big frame hole there.

To keep the bolt out of the alternator, I put two washers on the outer
frame, but this puts the bolt head right in the way of where I think the
sway bar will travel on the passenger side...

Right next to the sway bar disconnect, where the sway bar goes around
and under. The bolt head sticks out in the travel area of the sway bar
when the spring compresses....

I think I will have to cut down the bolt and hope I dont muck it up.

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#6 10-28-2011 16:09:02

gekim
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Re: sway bar room

I see what you're saying now. Yeah, if the rear frame bolt is too long, it would best to pick up a shorter bolt, or try cutting it down (rather then space it out, and now its hitting your sway bar).


A tip for ya if you're just gonna cut the bolt down, thread a nut down the end of the bolt before cutting it. Then pull the nut off carefully/slowly and run it back and forth a few times on the end. Hopefully the nut should act like a die and clean up the threads on the end of it in case the threads get buggered.

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#7 11-07-2011 09:28:13

warman
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Registered: 08-03-2009
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Re: sway bar room

check your motor mounts. alternator shouldn't be that close to the bolt. close but not interfering.

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#8 11-07-2011 09:28:38

warman
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And grind down the bolt head to half its height. or maybe get a carriage bolt and tack it in place.

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#9 11-07-2011 09:29:10

danny
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Re: sway bar room

Great idea for the nut to deal with buggered threads. That will also
help get the length exact.
After I get the length exact, I will grind down the bolt head as needed.

How much room should I leave between the Alternator and the nut/threads?

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