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Ditch the sway bar

Discussion in '3rd Gen. Tacomas (2016+)' started by Dr. Emmett Brown, Feb 10, 2019.

  1. Feb 10, 2019 at 11:42 PM
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    Dr. Emmett Brown

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    I know a lot of people wonder about removing the sway bar permanently so I'm here to tell you about my first two days (edit: 3 days now) of experience. I should've gotten rid of it the day I bought the truck. Going up driveways, curbs, speed bumps and off roading, the IFS just soaks it all up with minimal to no side to side swaying/body roll. As far as street driving, unless you're hitting bends at 50+ mph, you won't notice a difference in body roll.

    So, if you're on the fence, just do it. That's my input.

    Edit.

    Please use common sense and be a conscious driver regarding speed and weather, if you do make the choice to take your sway bar off. It isn't for everyone, but if you've been back and forth about taking it off, it has been a positive experience for me so far.
     
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  2. Feb 10, 2019 at 11:45 PM
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    m603holden

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    I don't think a blanket claim can be made like that. It's very much person to person, regional, and usage thing.
     
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  3. Feb 10, 2019 at 11:46 PM
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    Dr. Emmett Brown

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    Yup
     
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  4. Feb 10, 2019 at 11:49 PM
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    El Duderino

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    Stuff, things, this, and that
    The only thing I notice really bad about was when it’s really windy on the highways I sway a bit more then usual that’s it.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2019 at 11:54 PM
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    Driving in today's wind I didn't notice too much extra roll but yes it is more than having it there.
     
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  6. Feb 10, 2019 at 11:56 PM
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    But I do agree I like it more then when I had it on. Took it off a month ago
     
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  8. Feb 11, 2019 at 5:25 AM
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  9. Feb 11, 2019 at 5:29 AM
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    2 days makes the average Tacoma owner an expert in a field. Welcome to the death of expertise
     
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    Yup
     
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  12. Feb 11, 2019 at 7:05 AM
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    Yup
     
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    I don't tow but you're right
     
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    If I didn't tow, I might pull mine. I may see if I can locate or fab a QD mount. I'd like to be able to drop it easily when I want. I know they make kits for other vehicles (jeeps).
     
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  16. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:10 AM
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    That would be a good idea for most people. I too have seen QD for other vehicles but not sure if they make one for our truck yet.
     
  17. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:14 AM
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    There's a neat little QD kit (sliding end links for about $180?). It was posted in the last SBDM thread.
     
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  18. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:17 AM
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    Cool. I will have to take a look.
     
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  19. Feb 11, 2019 at 8:22 AM
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    Depending on what you tow it will be fine. I've towed up to 4000lbs on occasion and 2500lbs fairly frequently without issues.
     
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    I pulled mine when I had an Xterra and had issues with single axle trailer sway. It seemed dramatically increased with it off. I really want to move to a double axle for the stability.
     

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