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    Installing sway bar disconnects on your Jeep Wrangler

    One of the first upgrades I did to my Wrangler was to install a set of sway bar disconnects. These disconnects go a long way to helping your offroad performance. Before I get into the install, how about a quick suspension intro.

    Jeeps come equipped from the factory with a front and a rear swaybar (also called a stabilizer bar, or roll bar). The sway bar connects opposite (left and right) wheels together through short lever arms which are connected to a torsion spring. The goal of this is to prevent the body of your Jeep from leaning or rolling in turns. If you can imagine making a left turn when going 50 mph, the body of the Jeep would lean hard to the right - a sway bar is designed to keep the Jeep body from doing this. This is a good thing on the road, but when you venture offroad it becomes more of a hindrance. The sway bar will attempt to limit the travel of your wheels, so when you hit a hole, instead of having your wheel drop into the hole, the swaybar will hold the wheel up in the air.

    Since swaybars aren't very useful offroad, most people disconnect them. The problem is that factory sway bars, usually connected with a torx bolt, can be very difficult to remove and reattach. Most people find it much easier to replace the entire swaybar link with an aftermarket sway bar disconnect, like the ones I purchased from JKS.

    I decided to go with the JKS Quicker Disconnects for this project, namely the ones for 0-2 inches of lift (I had no lift when these were installed, but eventually added a two inch lift). These can be dialed in to accommodate lifts up to two inches.

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    Removing the stock sway bar links

    To remove the stock sway bar link, you'll need a tool such as a pickle fork. Remove the bolt at the top of the swaybar, and using a torx, unbolt the bottom of the sway bar link. Once the top and bottom are free, use a pickle fork (you can normally rent / buy these at the local auto parts shop) to remove the top. Just pull down the boot on your swaybar, and tap the pickle fork in with a hammer.

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    Last edited by TerryMason; 08-19-2013 at 02:33 PM.

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    Installing sway bar disconnect top

    Bolt on the sway bar link top as shown, using the supplied equipment

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    Last edited by TerryMason; 04-18-2016 at 03:19 PM.

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    Bottom sway bar mount

    Install the sway bar bottom. I was able to tighten down the bottom by inserting a small screwdriver through the pin hole. This allowed me to tighten everything down.

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    Swaybar disconnect storage pin

    With the top of the disconnect mounted, move the bottom to the location where it will be safely out of the way (when you choose to disconnect them). Mark this spot on the frame and drill a hole.

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    Threading the hole

    With a threading tool, thread the hole you've drilled, and bolt up the storage pin. I decided to use some thread locker, just to keep everything in place.

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    Lubricate and your done

    Just lubricate the supplied grease fittings, and insert the lower pin, and you're done. Now, you can easily unhook your disconnects when it's time to hit the trails.

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    Last edited by TerryMason; 08-19-2013 at 02:30 PM.

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