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Yes or No, Keep the sway bar on?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by broke_down, Sep 12, 2018.

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Sway bar on or off for snow and ice?

  1. Yes, take it off

    52 vote(s)
    62.7%
  2. No, keep it on and find suitable parts

    31 vote(s)
    37.3%
  1. Sep 14, 2018 at 1:35 AM
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    Nixinus

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    What model and what are your experiences with the sway bar? Have you tried it without?
     
  2. Sep 14, 2018 at 7:38 AM
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    stickyTaco

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    I have one that's been sitting in my garage for 2+ years. Was going to sell the end links and scrap the bar but got sick and haven't gotten around to it yet.
     
  3. Sep 14, 2018 at 8:48 AM
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    broke_down

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    OK, OK, OK.... you guys are brutal. I'll get two trucks! One with a sway bar, one without a sway bar. And then I'll get a dually power wagon so I can pull them both around and have exactly what I need when I need it. Well shit, maybe I need three trucks, one for driving like @jboudreaux1965 , one for rock crawling, and a trophy truck... Sway bar the the @jboudreaux1965 special edition, no bars on the the crawler or trophy truck. Settled. This makes so much sense now. I'll tell my wife we are selling the house.
    :bikewheelie2::mudding:
     
  4. Sep 14, 2018 at 8:58 AM
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    JL8Jeff

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    It looks like your coils are sitting really low on the shock and that's why the swaybar is so close to the spring and seat. I have the OME nitro shocks and 885x springs and my bar is not close to the spring or seat. I can easily get my hand in between the swaybar and spring. My truck is sitting about 3" higher than stock and I have the Readylift 67-5012 swaybar relocation brackets which does position it further forward. Is your spring a larger diameter than stock at the bottom?

    swaybar1.jpg
     
  5. Sep 14, 2018 at 9:08 AM
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    jross20

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    You don't tell them... :anonymous:
     
  6. Sep 14, 2018 at 10:14 AM
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    broke_down

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    @JL8Jeff They are 2.5" springs, so yes, larger than stock/oem. I decided to keep them on the lowest setting because I didn't want the extra lift. Turns out the bottom setting is too "soft" and the ride height is too low. I'll crank them up tonight and possibly remove the sway bar relocation kit. That should fix the rubbing issue. Still wanting to toss the sway bar though... but I'll just settle for a second truck.
     
  7. Sep 14, 2018 at 11:32 AM
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    BMOC

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    of course not, but they might bring it up after investigating the hypothetical accident -shrug-
     
  8. Sep 14, 2018 at 11:49 AM
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    I'd just be like "I am not a automotive expert I don't know what that is". haha
     
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  9. Sep 14, 2018 at 11:55 AM
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    jeff b

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    No swaybar 4TW

    IMG_7934.jpg
     
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  10. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:06 PM
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    swaybars are like condoms. might be a little risky but the ride is better without one.
     
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  11. Sep 14, 2018 at 12:14 PM
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    test it out maybe, just remove it and drive it for a week...

    base your opinion off your own experience


    I took it off and eventually put it back on. I drive on the highway a lot and it feels much better with it on. I did think that speed bumps felt much smoother without the sway bar.

    there is a pic somewhere on TW between two similar trucks flexing on the same rock one with the sway and one without... IIRC @HomerTaco is one of the two trucks maybe he can share it here
     
  12. Sep 14, 2018 at 1:52 PM
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    Except a your truck won't call you after 9 months
     
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  13. Sep 14, 2018 at 6:53 PM
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    jboudreaux1965

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    I tried no sway bar years ago, the body roll was too much for me. During the Rancho ordeal this year, I ended up taking it off till I got things figured out. Again, I was reminded why you need it on the street. Besides the drift feeling when cornering or especially getting off the interstate, I actually almost rolled the truck on the way to work. Car ran a red light, I was traveling about 50MPH, swurved left, hard, front left tire came off the ground started to tip the truck, left rear tire started to come up, now I'm in the on coming traffic lane, ironically, about to hit a Silver Tacoma head on, I swurved right as hard as I could, left wheels came down, then I had to serve back and forth a few times to get settled, with tires coming off the ground each time a little less.
     
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  14. Sep 14, 2018 at 9:31 PM
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    The idea is heavy front springs and strong shocks will absorb some of that roll. And in my case, stronger leaf springs really reduced the sway
     
  15. Sep 14, 2018 at 10:07 PM
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    jboudreaux1965

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    Your point is???? TOYO55C and Rancho9000's at time of incident.

    Although in my opinion, Rancho 9000's are so poorly engineered that they should be pulled from public sale for Tacoma's I DOUBT they were the cause with 2012 TOYO55C 810 lb coils?
     
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  16. Sep 14, 2018 at 10:09 PM
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  17. Sep 14, 2018 at 10:18 PM
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    Bad azz truck!!!!!!


    Why low ground clearance and K02's?
     
  18. Sep 15, 2018 at 4:55 AM
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    Im running 285s so plenty of ground clearance, Im not a fan of tall trucks.
     
  19. Sep 15, 2018 at 5:30 AM
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    Ah, hmmm. What kind of leafs?
     
  20. Sep 18, 2018 at 7:24 PM
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    I pulled mine off about 8yrs ago, when I lived in Denver. There were a couple of places in my local travel that I noted to slow down on (left lane on 6th Avenue turning onto I-25 had a giant off-camber pothole), otherwise it would unsettle the front end notably. I haven’t encountered anything frightening, but you’ll definitely notice a difference on fast cornering, and I’d recommend slowing down on 70 on some of the faster curves.

    The difference off-road is also notable. My truck turned into a whole new animal when the sway bar was gone.

    Overall, I don’t feel endangered at all without the sway bar. If you drive speed limit everywhere you go, my guess is you’ll rarely see a scenario where it plays. I don’t regret pulling mine at all.
     
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