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benefits of removing sway bar?

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by jr114, Jan 16, 2010.

  1. Jan 16, 2010 at 12:23 PM
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    jr114

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    been reading that alot of ppl on here are removing their sway bars. kinda thinking bout taking mine off now. what are the benefits? might as well take it off now cause once the spindles go off itll come off than anywany..i think
     
  2. Jan 16, 2010 at 12:30 PM
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    You roll your truck and your insurance may deny your claim. I do NOT know this as a fact but I wouldn't do it. I'm going to lump sway bars with airbags, seat belts and ABS. All put there for safety reasons.
     
  3. Jan 16, 2010 at 12:33 PM
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    Benefit: more upward travel for your front tires.
    But once you remove it, your truck will not be as stable in turns and will sway more at high speeds. Also if you tow a lot then it's best to leave it on.
     
  4. Jan 16, 2010 at 12:42 PM
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    Or...make a "quick connect" sway bar. You might need some access to a welder. Though I have never done it I have seen it done before. My advice, keep it on.
     
  5. Jan 16, 2010 at 12:48 PM
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    i dont have mine on, and i dont notice a body roll or turns etc, only when a big rig flys by i fell it move a little bit, and i drive more city so works perfect for me. try it off its only 6 bolts, very easy.
     
  6. Jan 16, 2010 at 2:39 PM
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    think ill try it drive it around a little and see how it reacts and handles. thanks for all input
     
  7. Jan 16, 2010 at 9:35 PM
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    take it off, your gonna "have" to anyway with the spindles :p not really but seriously take it off
     
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    It's not the on-road manners I'm referring to.

    In a panic situation where you gotta steer around something quickly..... that swaybar could keep the wheels on the ground. Without it - you could flip over and kill you & your family and whoever else is in the area surrounding you.
     
  11. Jan 16, 2010 at 10:17 PM
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    tho i dont have a sway bar on my truck...i have a lot of other shit to make up for it...on top of my truck not being a daily driver

    the combination of the steel weight ive added to my truck, along with my 675lb coilsprings and some other crap...i dont notice the increased body roll during a panic maneuver...
     
  12. Jan 16, 2010 at 10:34 PM
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    well was planning on doing trying it this week but just got ordered in for another 48 day off then another 48. so there goes that idea.
     
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    What Janster posted applies to the majority of our trucks. The sway bar serves to help stabilize the truck especially during highway speed emergency steering maneuvers. Side note (The 5th gen 4Runner has factory installed electronic sway-bar disconnects)

    Removing the sway bar makes sense only if the truck is to be wheeled a majority of the time. For the rest of us who use our trucks on the highway and wheel occasionally, then investing in a pair of disconnects is the optimum solution.

    For me personally I want maximum articulation in my truck's IFS but I'm not willing to create the possibility of an unsafe situation by removing the sway bar to achieve that goal.

    I imagine if someone took out their sway bar and was late to work and drove fast, they'd look like a clown driving around with their truck rolling around the turns in the streets :laugh:

    I'll either find quality disconnects for the 2nd gen taco, or build some.
     
  14. Jan 16, 2010 at 10:43 PM
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    Well if you dont offroad that much or that hard leave it in. But for me i push my truck a little harder than most. After i took my sway bar off and took my truck through midium size whoops, i was thoroughly convinced to never put mine back on. Because on any natural turain the trail is very uneaven and since i took my sway bar out my truck stays much more stable at high speeds in the desert. Even though i will admit my truck leans a little bit on paved roads i could care less.
     
  15. Jan 17, 2010 at 7:37 AM
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    I will tell you this jon, make sure your comfortable without the sway bar to help decide if you want to order the spindles without the attachment possibilty for the sway bar. When I backed my truck out after installing them and drove it around the broke :eek: I was scared that I made a mistake not being able to use my sway bar. The more I drive with the setup now the less I notice or feel the lean because either I have adjusted my driving habits or I'm just used to it. Eitherway I am happy with the decision to take and keep it off. If your going to be runinng spindles I am guessing your gonna want to use your truck and enjoy the mid travel, so take and leave the damn thing off and be done with it!

    Also to add, my sway bar bolts that held it to the fram are currently in use for my driveshaft carrier drop brackets haha
     
  16. Dec 11, 2013 at 5:43 PM
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    I have been thinking about doing this too but where the sway bar connects to my spindles it appears that there is no way to take them off the spindle. Any answers?
     
  17. Dec 27, 2013 at 7:29 PM
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    I'm going to guess that you have a Pro Comp 6" kit with Pro Comp spindles otherwise the sway bar simply bolts throughout the OE spindle. With the heavy duty Pro Comp spindle the sway bar link screws straight into the spindle itself. To remove it simply remove the small bracket for the brake line on the back of the spindle and that will expose a hole that lines up with the sway bar link. The end of the link inside the spindle is hollow and it is a 5mm or 6mm Allen wrench to loosen it. It can be really hard to take off because it either has red thread lock on it or a decent amount of rust. To loosen the thread lock use a torch to heat the spindle where the bolt is just enough to loosen the bolt. If rust is your prob soak it through that hole in the back of the spindle with a penetrant lube and let it soak in maybe even spray it multiple times for a couple days before you try. Last but not least if the Allen head does not work vise grips of the link at the front of the sway bar are you last hope.
     
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