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Old May 31st, 2005, 06:51 PM
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wheelin WITH anti-sway bars??

hey guys!
just got back from a trip to truckhaven at salton sea here in so. cali....

had a great time!


anyhow.....i had my anti-sway bars the whole time.......couldn't make it up on 2 hills....

is it because of that????

thanks!

-dan
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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:15 PM
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yes.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:19 PM
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hey arbi...

is there a way to keep the sway bars on? and then easily remove them for wheelin?

thanks,

-dan
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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:24 PM
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Some companies make sway bar disconnects. I've never used them, so I don't know how they work, but some people have had good luck with them. Someone on here made their own I think. Try checking in the "Custom Mods" section.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:48 PM
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The sway bars might not be the only reason

I wheel with my vechicle all the time with sway bars and while they do limit suspension travel somewhat it is not the SOLE reason you could not get up the hills.

Suspension, tires, tire pressure, the driver, the gear selection and a million other things could also contribute to that. I don't think you can solely blame it on sway bars. I think there is a quick disconnect link in the tech section of this site.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 08:50 PM
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You won't notice any difference if you take the rear one off. You will only notice a difference in the front if you have a station wagon.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 11:00 PM
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My truck has neither sway bar and I really dont notice the difference at all - its not like the vehicle ever handled particularly well anyway.
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Old May 31st, 2005, 11:39 PM
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lol.........
good points indeed.....

thanks, fellas...

ps> man, that was one fun trip! my balls tingled quite a bit! lol! amazing what the 90 can do practically stock....

pss> does the tire pressure make THAT much of a difference??

-dan
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Old June 1st, 2005, 12:12 AM
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beeeep... wronge, try again. The sway bars did not have anything to do with it in that type of terrain. They could even have been a help to you to keep more weight on your contact patches. My guess is the lack of a rear locker had a ton to do with it. And yes, in loose dirt tire pressure is epically important. That being said, you did not invite me, so skrew you.
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Old June 1st, 2005, 12:21 AM
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lol!
thanks for that, dave...

ahhhhhh......i see....so....what do pressures do you run with in that terrain? have you been to truck haven?? pretty dang fun.......

and yeah, i think a locker would really help....made some loud CLANG-CLANG sounds as my wheels loss traction.....

i conquered almost every hill....except for those 2...darnit!!

-dan
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Old June 1st, 2005, 12:43 AM
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If you are running stock rubber, just a guess, with a 7in rim I would go to 10 psi to be safe. More pressure and you will feel a difference. Truck haven is fun for sure. I do prefer Superstition if going out that way.
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Old June 2nd, 2005, 02:43 AM
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wow....good to know.....ty...

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Old June 2nd, 2005, 06:42 AM
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does the tire pressure make THAT much of a difference??
-dan
Yes. I usually start at 12-15 and go down to 8-10 if I'm having trouble.
Driving without the front sway bar is a bit more tippy than with - but I've figured it out and adjusted.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 10:31 AM
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I took the sway bars off my truck years ago when I was told by Alan Elliot at Cityside Garage here in the Boston area, that 90s aren't even fitted with sway bars anywhere except for export to North America. I've never noticed a difference on the road, but certainly have in the woods. Rover put the things on because our government says to, not because your truck needs them.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 11:04 AM
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That's right. Did both of mine and no problems. By the way, Alan does not "officialy" publicize that opinion - obviously.
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Old June 3rd, 2005, 12:10 PM
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Sorry about that...however...if a guy takes his sway bars off of his own accord...even in this litigious society...I don't think Alan can be blamed....He doesn't work for the truck's manufacturer. The point again is made by your caution. This is the only country where Defenders get sway bars.....we wouldn't want our cars to do anything we didn't understand, like drive on anything other than the Mass Pike.
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