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Anybody driving around without their sway bar?

Discussion in 'Southern California' started by The Traveler, May 14, 2012.

  1. May 14, 2012 at 11:44 AM
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    The Traveler

    The Traveler [OP] Formerly REBELTACO

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    I don't own a Taco anymore.
    I'm posting this here because as we all know, SoCal traffic and highways are like none other around the country.

    I'm contemplating taking mine off, but I do quite a bit of highway driving, and a few long road trips a year (over 2000 miles). I only got the truck 3 weeks ago, but I've already gone off-roading about 7 or 8 times :D

    I'm just not sure if it's safe to drive on the highway as much as do with the sway bar off. Anybody else doing this in a 2nd gen? Any adverse effects or close calls?

    I really don't want to roll my truck because an 18yr old girl is updating her facebook status on the 405...
     
  2. May 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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    Taco me elmo

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    Leave it on, you won't really benefit from it off till you upgrade your entire suspension to use that added flex properly.

    Now once you go full mid travel or long travel... Take it off an never look back.
     
  3. May 14, 2012 at 11:48 AM
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    blackhawke88

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    I havent had my sway bar on for more than 3 years, done multiple road trips at 800+ miles one each, did fine at 80+ miles per hour (closed course, of course)
     
  4. May 14, 2012 at 11:52 AM
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    Mine has been off for a year, took some getting used to but not a huge difference after you learn how it moves.
     
  5. May 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM
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    Bengland25

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    Took mine off in March and havent put it back on.. Not really planning on putting it back on either. Feel it give me smoother transitions from side to side and better to keep off for my random wheelin I do when I get bored :thumbsup:
     
  6. May 14, 2012 at 1:16 PM
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    If you have stock suspension (pretty sure 550# springs) the body roll be much greater then some guy running 700# springs.
     
  7. May 14, 2012 at 2:24 PM
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    I don't own a Taco anymore.
    Okay thanks for the replies...I'm a first time truck owner, and I'm not really used to the amount of body roll I have as of now (I used to drive a GTI lowered on coilovers).

    I think I'll keep it off until I install my OME lift kit. Guess I'll just live with the bobble-head effect when I'm wheelin' for now.
     
  8. May 14, 2012 at 2:38 PM
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    HA!, whats a sway bar ??...:p

    mines off & will never return, if you do a suspension upgrade stiffening things up I encourage guys to remove to take advantage of extra droop gained with travel, if guys go the spacer lift route I beg them to keep it on...
     
  9. May 14, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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    There's some thread around here by a guy who scared himself spitless after erergency-maneuvering on the freeway with the sway-bar removed. He had the 730lb Pro-Comp springs.

    Mine's staying on. My long term plan is to get some sort of disconnect for off-roading.
     
  10. May 14, 2012 at 2:56 PM
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    Pugga

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    There have been a few cases of that. Mr. Chris16 was one of them but I think he had 620 lb springs on at the time.

    Mine's staying on, we have all sorts of deer and very stupid pedestrians that could force an emergency maneuver. For the guys that spend more time off road, I can see the benefits of removing it though.
     
  11. May 14, 2012 at 3:02 PM
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    You really just have to adjust your driving, like said above you just have to get used to less input at the steering wheel. You should try full LT and no sway bars, that was pretty fun the first week or so lol :D
     
  12. May 14, 2012 at 3:03 PM
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    :wave::thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  13. May 14, 2012 at 4:05 PM
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    With the swaybar off (like the Hilux in the video), you will not be able to do the "moose avoidance" maneuver safely. So either keep the swaybar installed or accept the fact and be mentally prepared to ram obstacles above a certain speed.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZF8N9NItHI
     
  14. May 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM
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    HA! x10, I recently drove a full LT (front anyway) & gotta say, they drive like shit on pavement....talk about wheel wander, holy shit !!! :eek::eek:
     
  15. May 14, 2012 at 7:24 PM
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    Have mine off.
     
  16. May 14, 2012 at 7:26 PM
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    Mine was rubbing real bad on my coils and uca, so I put the icon sway bar kit on. Everyone was telling me to take it off, but Ive got a bad feeling about that. Im scured
     
  17. May 14, 2012 at 7:31 PM
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    I have mine off at the moment. Just put my lift on and decided to try it until I see what it is all about. May put it back on later, but I am gonna see how it handles for a while.
     
  18. May 14, 2012 at 7:35 PM
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    Mine is off and I love it! Lots of socal hwy driving too. Just know that its off and drive accordingly!
     
  19. May 14, 2012 at 7:36 PM
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    Yeah I like to take those freeway on ramps kinda fast :burnrubber:
     
  20. May 14, 2012 at 7:43 PM
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    Haha I do too. I've more than once passed people on an onramp at about (a safe hwy speed ;-)) I bet they Shit themselves.
    I just didn't want to scare the op. Lol
     
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