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jeepman121
September 1st, 2010, 13:02
I don't know what exactly snapped it, but I'd say an accidental 50 foot ramp at 80 mph started the problem lol!! - The buddy I was racing claimed all 4 wheels were 3-4 feet off the ground...Woops!

Anyway, I've been asking around and internet searching, and folks are saying it's fine to just remove the whole bar. I understand It might rock a bit more than usual, but I've been driving it broken with no issues or anything. However, I was wondering if the sway bar increases traction in snow. I'm in the snow belt and use 4x4 often...

ChiXJeff
September 1st, 2010, 13:08
Increase traction? I wouldn't say so. It's purpose is to reduce body sway at the rear end.

Given your above description of events...... if I was in your shoes, I think I'd fix it.

MJ3000
September 1st, 2010, 13:12
I don't think it has any effect on traction either. If I was you I'd just take the whole thing off and throw it in the garbage.

IMHO it doesn't do jack diddly squat when it comes to reducing body roll. Even in a lifted XJ the difference between sway bar and no sway bar is not even noticeable.

CharlesS
September 1st, 2010, 13:28
Truth be told.... the rear sway bar does has have an impact on the roll of the vehicle in turns or off camber situations....
Now with that said... IF you off road your vehicle a lot; it will hinder the flex of the rear differential in off camber situations.... so I would remove it.
At stock ride height and if on road is all you use your vehicle for; then I would fix whatever you broke for the sway bar (ie. link or attachment point).

Charles

kastein
September 1st, 2010, 13:31
With stock leafs I might fix it, but with stiffer lift springs why bother... never noticed the change.

Also, where did you find a ramp that size accidentally?!

jeepman121
September 1st, 2010, 13:46
With stock leafs I might fix it, but with stiffer lift springs why bother... never noticed the change.

Also, where did you find a ramp that size accidentally?!
SE Ohio back roads. It was a downhill approach to one of those humps that takes your stomach at normal speeds, However between 80-85mph in launched us. Whats even worse is we landed in the on coming lane. So at first, I thought we were going into the ditch on the left. - Before people bicker about the safety of innocents, I had a mile of visibility to the oncoming lane.

jeepman121
September 1st, 2010, 13:51
To be honest folks, I paid $1,500 for it. It mainly takes to to work (which is 2 miles from home) Fishing, and occasional logging and oil well roads. I don't push it in turns either. Just mainly a cruiser. The reason I asked about snow is because wouldn't increased body roll put more force on wheel? - More risk of slip?

It's a stock XJ. If it's gonna ride with a bit more lean, I can deal with it. I'm a 26 year old living on a budget, so $100 or so would be better in my pocket if you know what I mean...

kastein
September 1st, 2010, 13:53
I'd rip it out then, or hit the JY and find a "pre owned" replacement for $20.

heck... some XJs with the towing package and/or upcountry package came without a rear sway bar from the factory.

PhotographerMike
September 1st, 2010, 14:03
Just take it off. I have on both of my mostly stockers.
I do like to hurry around turns and windy roads and haven't noticed any loss of grip, there "may" be a bit more lean, but the extra flex and comfort off road is worth it.
I do have good springs, heavy duty shocks and usually a light load.
IF you carry a lot of weight or people regularly and have weak shocks, it might be a good idea to replace it.
I'm sure someone here would be happy to give you their unused rear sway bar.

Mike

jeepman121
September 1st, 2010, 14:10
We have 3 Salvage yards here so finding one shouldn't be too hard. I suppose I'll take it off, and if I have any issues I'll replace it. Thanks for all the input fellas! Just wanted to make sure I wasn't a liability out there - Well, even more of one. lmao

joe_peters
September 1st, 2010, 15:31
Wow, that SE Ohio must be some kind of place. With speed limits like 80-85 mph on the back roads, their highways must be just like the Autobahn!

Mr. Darwin, paging Mr. Darwin!

Seriously, grow up, one of the lives you save might even be your own.

xcm
September 1st, 2010, 16:12
seriously, if you're gonna play boy-racer on public streets, please talk about it somewhere else.

im all for speed, but if you cant control your vehicle (3-4 feet of 'accidental airtime' even if your buddy over estimated = lack of basic control of the vehicle), you shouldnt be driving.

jeepman121
September 2nd, 2010, 08:16
seriously, if you're gonna play boy-racer on public streets, please talk about it somewhere else.

im all for speed, but if you cant control your vehicle (3-4 feet of 'accidental airtime' even if your buddy over estimated = lack of basic control of the vehicle), you shouldnt be driving.
LMAO!!! Are you serious?? I'm sure you've NEVER done something stupid either....I admitted it was stupid. I've driven more than 250,000 miles in an XJ since I was 17. "Boy Racer on public streets"?? There wasn't a sole in miles. I had a mile of visibility to the on coming lane. Only person at risk was me. My buddy was behind me. You're treating me as If I'm some dangerous asshole. I'm not. I'm a guy in his mid 20's who made a mistake in judgment...
Don't think I'm bragging....Truth of the matter, I was scared to death.

jeepman121
September 2nd, 2010, 08:25
Wow, that SE Ohio must be some kind of place. With speed limits like 80-85 mph on the back roads, their highways must be just like the Autobahn!

Mr. Darwin, paging Mr. Darwin!

Seriously, grow up, one of the lives you save might even be your own.
Seriously, act like a man. I made a mistake, and admitted it. I wasn't out for a day of thrill and dare devil driving...I punched it down a hill to a slump that I'll never do again. However, Bo and Luke Duke would have been proud. - And more polite about it than you...lol :laugh3:

kastein
September 2nd, 2010, 08:27
There wasn't a sole in miles.
you weren't wearing shoes?

:huh:

that's just risky man

jeepman121
September 2nd, 2010, 08:35
you weren't wearing shoes?

:huh:

that's just risky man
lol SOUL!!!

C85D4x4
September 2nd, 2010, 09:55
Wow, that SE Ohio must be some kind of place. With speed limits like 80-85 mph on the back roads, their highways must be just like the Autobahn!

Mr. Darwin, paging Mr. Darwin!

Seriously, grow up, one of the lives you save might even be your own.

Hey, man.....its Ohio.............there is nothing better to do than to drive 100 mph plus into bridge abutments and punch cows.:roflmao:
(If you dont get it....watch the News)


People are a little more tame in Northern Ohio.

ParadiseXJ
September 2nd, 2010, 10:44
Driving style opinions aside...

Remove the sway bar...toss...drive. IMHO my XJ handles better without it. MJ doesn't have one.

joe_peters
September 2nd, 2010, 10:56
Hey, man.....its Ohio.............there is nothing better to do than to drive 100 mph plus into bridge abutments and punch cows.:roflmao:
(If you dont get it....watch the News)


People are a little more tame in Northern Ohio.

Ah yes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9UsFvN9_Jo&feature=youtube_gdata_player

GrimmJeeper
September 2nd, 2010, 11:04
Joe are you causing trouble now? That's a first :D

jeepman121
September 2nd, 2010, 11:52
Ah yes: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f9UsFvN9_Jo&feature=youtube_gdata_player
I saw this. If you read the news, you would also know that he was just released from a drug and alcohol offense minutes prior to this event....So, I'd say he was most likely high as a Georgia pine.

ParadiseXJ
September 2nd, 2010, 12:02
I'm pretty sure that his sway bar is toast. That's why you don't need one on the Jeep. I would have missed that bridge (driving in the slow lane and all).

jeepman121
September 2nd, 2010, 12:26
Also, wouldn't you guys consider 85-90 on a populated highway more dangerous than on an empty back road? Just saying...
Heck, most folks average 80mph on the highway theses days

kastein
September 2nd, 2010, 12:44
doing the same speed as everyone else is the safest... my morning commute I average 80. If I was doing 65 I would have about a 4 mile long backup behind me.

That doesn't mean doing 80 down a back road and accidentally getting 4 feet of air and landing on the other side of the road is safe ;)

jeepman121
September 2nd, 2010, 13:17
doing the same speed as everyone else is the safest... my morning commute I average 80. If I was doing 65 I would have about a 4 mile long backup behind me.

That doesn't mean doing 80 down a back road and accidentally getting 4 feet of air and landing on the other side of the road is safe ;)
Absolutely agree!! AGAIN!! I didn't plan, enjoy, or condone my behavior, But in SE Ohio there are some pretty flat boring roads and doing 70-80 on them is routine....However, my theory is that if there are no cars around me, I'm safer than doing 80 in congestion. - Nobody has to react to adjust. It's just little old me and the tumbleweeds.

joe_peters
September 2nd, 2010, 13:19
Joe are you causing trouble now? That's a first :D

That's just what I was thinking! :roll:

joejeep92
September 2nd, 2010, 13:28
Well take it off but your probably gonna want it back taking a sharp turn...seen multiple vehicles tip that way