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Old 10-06-2006
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Feelin cheap...

Well, I've been thinking about getting sway bar quick disconnects for the front sway bar. Kinda short on money between paying for school and not working right now. A problem arose though. It hardly ever happens but when I turn the wheel to full lock, I could feel my tires rubbing on something. Well, after cleaning up the front end a bit I noticed that it's the front sway bar. I haven't seen it in action due to the fact that I won't let anyone else drive it =] I'm 99% sure though. The sway bar is all b1tched up right where the top of the tires are. I know Griggs doesn't run one and says it's not too bad but I just don't know about those 2wd guys.

Seriously, how bad is the handling with it removed? I'd like to know before I remove it and find out that it absolutely sucks. I never ever take my truck over 80mph and would be willing to sacrifice another 10mph if needed. The front end is really limited on travel due to the sway bar as well. Let me know about your experiences with driving city/highway w/o a front sway bar. Keep in mind I do have the RCD coilovers up front which stiffen out the front, which I would assume would be best removing the front sway bar. Thanks guys!
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Matt can chime in on this. He removed the front links in my driveway and started to drive around the block. It was comical at the least.
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It was comical at the least.
lol, that's reassuring!
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Old 10-07-2006
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I took mine off 2 days ago. When you first take it for a spin you will notice a huge difference in the body roll, but at the same time your truck will ride much smoother. After 2 days of driving without the bar it already feels normal. I say you take it off and drive it for a day or two and see how you like it but take it easy! It takes less than 15 minutes to remove or install so its not hard to put it back on if you want. I did get up to 80 on the highway and I didnt notice a huge difference but I imagine you would notice a pretty big difference if it is windy outside.


Seriously the ride quality is nice, but don't get stupid while cornering. If you drive like a grandpa you'll be fine, but driving with no front sway bar isnt for everyone......

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so is the one on your truck messed up..

i got 3 layin in my backyard if yah need one (:
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It's not messed up. My tires rub on it at full lock.
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I took mine off a few months after my lift. The ride is a bit smoother. You notice alot of roll the first few days, and after that its not bad. basicly everything RazorsEDGE said.

I say do it. and try it out. You arent going to hurt anything just testing and getting used to it.
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I figured I'd have to take it off to try. I'm just lazy and didn't wanna take it off if I was just gonna put it back on. lol

I think I can handle it. Can't exactly drive it like a sports car with the rcd and 33's anyhow.
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I have a tire that rubs on mine also
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my 32s rub on mine at full lok so i just cant turn all of the way, so i know ho far i can max out
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my stockers with 285s with t-bar crank and AALs rubbed no problemo with the 33s on the 15x10

but if you feel the need to get another one just lemme know (:
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i wouldnt really worry about it if it only rubs at full crank, because i wanna see you do 20+ mph and try to hit full lock to actually cause any damage to the tire. since it will only rub at low speeds i wouldnt be to worried about it.
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I use disconnects for off road but I can't stand how my Ranger handles on pavement without the sway bar. I often hear owners say that it has a lot of body roll without the bar so you just have to take it easy. Good luck to anyone who faces a real world emergency pavement maneuver without one.
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Good luck to anyone who faces a real world emergency pavement maneuver without one.

Heed this advice, thats my only worry about not running one.
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I took mine off the day i got my truck and put it in the trash. the truck is sooooo much more smooth and rides better too. are you rally racing your ranger? going 80 + around tight corners? if not get rid of it.
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Old 10-08-2006
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are you rally racing your ranger? going 80 + around tight corners?
yea, I am.
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Well....I'm gonna take it off later. I'll report tonight how the ride is.
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My tires rub on mine at full lock too. I am just gonna space the wheels out some to compensate for it.
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Well....I'm gonna take it off later. I'll report tonight how the ride is.

....and get flex shots with it(and the bumpstops) removed
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Well....I'm gonna take it off later. I'll report tonight how the ride is.

I forgot to say this the first time. Since you are feeling lazy, just take off one side and go test the ride out. Then you can decide if you want to keep it or not.
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....and get flex shots with it(and the bumpstops) removed
Will do =]


I took it off and did some laps around the country. Went around some windy roads with it off. I kinda like it. The front end is alot mooshier. If that makes sense. It just feels very soft and you can feel the body pull. I took the corners at my normal speed and did just fine. Once I tighten the coil-overs a bit, I think the ride will stiffen up to where it almost was. Gotta rent a coil compressor though first. =\
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so i was going to take mine off today but i cant, how the hell do you get them off, i know there is a bolt on the top an the bottom and i got it loose but i cant get the thing to come off, any tips, pics anything something......
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you guys are crazy i wouldnt remove it at all. not for road use. never know when someone will jsut pull out in front of you and you have to dodge them. good luck. travis you thought a fire was bad. wait till you get hurt and the truck gets hurt. just my opinion of it.
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I agree with zach. I wouldn't take them off. My 33s rub a little. I would just crank the t bars 4 or 5 turns. That will fix it
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he dosent have t-bars though........rcd coilovers ftw
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