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Pros and Cons of Sway bar removal on 2nd gen

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by BulletToothTony, Jul 14, 2011.

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Should i remove my swaybar?

Poll closed Oct 22, 2011.
  1. Hell yes take it off!

    70 vote(s)
    53.4%
  2. You wont really see a difference.

    10 vote(s)
    7.6%
  3. I wouldnt do it.

    41 vote(s)
    31.3%
  4. Whatever you do dont take it off!

    10 vote(s)
    7.6%
  1. Jul 14, 2011 at 9:04 PM
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    04LTtacoma

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    Sway bars are like condoms... With the sway bar on you feel safer... Without the sway bar the ride feels better.
     
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  2. Jul 15, 2011 at 11:20 AM
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    BulletToothTony

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    Im gonna to get my coilovers on next week, i think i will leave it off and see how i like it.
     
  3. Jul 15, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    Sublime

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    There is a noticeable body roll when my wife drives.....lol! She swerves anytime someone touches there brake. You just have to remember its off and the stearing is more sensitive. It makes the truck feel smoother in all other aspects and not so stiff up front! I would only remove it if you offroad. If its a street queen its not worth it.
     
  4. Jul 16, 2011 at 3:03 AM
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    I like mine off. Usually I can pull to one side then yank to the other and my truck will do a full barrel roll and land on all four tires to keep driving like nothing happend.
     
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  5. Jul 17, 2011 at 7:36 AM
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    VirginiaBound

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    Did you double tap z?
     
  6. Jul 17, 2011 at 7:38 AM
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    tacobox

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    Vid or it didnt happen :D
     
  7. Jul 17, 2011 at 9:00 PM
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    I still think someday I may fab up an off-road disconnect for it.
     
  8. Jul 18, 2011 at 9:10 AM
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    i drove a FJ with some old DR coilovers and some TC arms with out the sway bar and i really liked it. I race alot and i really like to get a good "road feel" and use the weight transfer to get more bite. On the fj, it has a much higher COG than the 2nd Gens and i thought it was great. the only thing i felt was it pulled left or right on the fwy, but that could of been his tires and his alignment.

    i did the same thing on my 3500 crew cab dodge, and i really liked it but it sucked for towing. cornering on the twistys or even around town felt good although the GF didnt like it.

    i vote try it, and you will like it. in the snow the sway bar will induce a spin out, with the sway bar off it may help get the weight to the outside tires to help get more bite?
     
  9. Jul 18, 2011 at 9:22 AM
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    that or R. Wonder how many shots he was able to dodge. Hope he went through the three gold circles too!

    I love my ride without the sway bar. Feels more free and off road is bitchin without it. If ya don't off road much, leave it on. My girlfriend, who is shy and quiet, was a little afraid of driving it without the sway bar, but since she has, she says she can hardly tell the difference since she's not a crazy driver or anything.
     
  10. Jul 18, 2011 at 9:29 AM
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    I'm running Icon Extended Travel COs and no swaybar. Tried a moose test at 40 mph today. The amount of body roll when swerving back was scary.
     
  11. Jul 18, 2011 at 9:41 AM
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    maybe the weight of your bumper caused the great amount of body roll compared to a stock or tubed bumper which doesnt weigh much?
     
  12. Jul 18, 2011 at 9:49 AM
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    ive read this somewhere on here haha
     
  13. Jul 18, 2011 at 3:26 PM
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    The bumper isn't much compared to the weight of the engine (366 lb) and myself (220 lb).
     
  14. Jul 18, 2011 at 4:44 PM
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  15. Jul 18, 2011 at 7:52 PM
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    Has anyone actually measured the downward wheel travel increase from taking the sway bars off?

    Certainly depends on the shock...for instance, what's the delta between the sway bar length and:

    1. Stock shock length
    2. OME shock length
    3. King or Icon length

    Anyone know?
     
  16. Jul 18, 2011 at 7:58 PM
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    I've had mine off for two months or so now. I can take turns at a descent speed still, to the limit of tires actually. Sure you get more body roll on the highway but the only time it feels a little out of control is when you weave back and forth repetatively, and when do you ever do that in normal driving? Like someone said before, it feels weird at first as if one tire hits a pothole it will yank your car that way more abruptly. As long as you always have a firm hand on the wheel you should be fine. BTW, I drive 75 + - daily in Vegas, so abrupt manuevers have been made! Sorry my spelling sucks....
     
  17. Jul 19, 2011 at 10:50 PM
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    How about for guys that have a LT set up? Is the sway the same for them? Mostly asking about the Allpro kit.
     
  18. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:07 PM
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    I would be concerned with having an accident and the swaybar become a legal advantage for the other driver.
     
  19. Jul 24, 2011 at 7:11 PM
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    BulletToothTony

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    Installed my coilovers today I ended up taking off the swaybar and so far so good.
     
  20. Aug 1, 2011 at 11:17 AM
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    they would all have to be at exactly the same ride height to compare anything
     
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