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Disconnecting the Sway Bar
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There is a very simple thing that you can do before you hit the trails to enhance your Jeep's off road capability: disconnect the front sway bar. This will allow much more front axle travel as you navigate through uneven terrain or go over obstacles, and it will keep both front tires on the ground for a greater percentage of the time.
Keeping both front tires on the ground is especially important if you do not have a front locker, because once either front tire is in the air, the front axle no longer pulls.
You can see from the picture below that all four of Thelma Jane's tires are on the ground and her body is sitting almost level. If the front sway bar had been connected, Thelma would have been teetering with her weight on the right front and left rear tires, or she would have been nose down and low to the left front, or nose high and low to the right rear.


It is a very easy job to disconnect the stock front sway bar links, but there are after market "quick disconnect" sway bar links that can be installed to replace the factory links.
I advise you to check with some people who own them before buying a particular type or brand of quick disconnects. I have seen people have so much trouble with the "quick" disconnects that it would have been just as easy to disconnect the stock links.
I still just have my stock sway bar links, and here's a pic of how I disconnect them. All you need is a T-55 torx socket and an 18 MM boxed end wrench. You remove the torx head bolt on each side, rotate the sway bar upwards, and secure the loose ends of the links to the upper spring mounts at the frame using zip ties. (There is a convenient hole between the frame and the spring mount through which you can run the zip tie.)
The Jeep should be sitting dead level when you are disconnecting or reconnecting the sway bar links. This prevents them from having a strain on them.
It is NOT recommended that you drive on the highway with the sway bar disconnected. The body will lean much more in corners with the sway bar disconnected, and you could lose control in an emergency swerve.


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