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Old 08-03-2010
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Hmm, remove sway bar and add fox shocks?

Lookin to make the front suspension of my truck a little more "bearable". Will removing the front sway bar, and adding some nice fox emulsion shocks help this? The stock ranchos are already starting to rust out and are absolute garbage. I hear removing the sway bar will give a little more flex in the front end. I know it will cause more sway, but how unsafe is it? I mostly do inner city stop and go driving.. and a bit of highway. I dont seem to offroad as much anymore either, just been too busy.
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Old 08-04-2010
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It would help a lot. I haven't used fox shocks but bilsteins with no sway bar rocked. Not unsafe, just an adjustment as it will handle different under aggressive maneuvering.
Try removing one end link, the entire end link. Only takes a minute and nothing will contact. If you hook up a trailer it only takes a minute to reinstall the end link.

Also if the torsion bars are cranked a lot, the ride will blow no matter what, the suspensions needs to be able to move both directions.
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Well, with your size lift, and including a suspension lift - pulling off the sway bar will make your ***** shrink going down a road at high speed taking a corner - itll feel like your ready to lift off and roll into the underbrush.

Some shocks might help it a bit if you can fab something up for them.. but I woudl say to jsut leave it on unless your planning to do some offroading - and at that point, just install some easy-on, easy-off quick connects for it.
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just take it easy when you first do it, as the truck will handle very differently. but ride much nicer.

after having my sway bar off for so long i know the limits of the truck when coming to turns and have had no problems. and its kinda fun on the highway to jerk the wheel a tiny bit and the truck keeps moving like a fat girls *** hah
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Well, with your size lift, and including a suspension lift - pulling off the sway bar will make your ***** shrink going down a road at high speed taking a corner - itll feel like your ready to lift off and roll into the underbrush.

Some shocks might help it a bit if you can fab something up for them.. but I woudl say to jsut leave it on unless your planning to do some offroading - and at that point, just install some easy-on, easy-off quick connects for it.
Really, is that supposed to be a joke? It isn't anywhere near that bad. My ranger had a 3" body lift, shackles, adjusted torsion bars, fiberglass cap full of heavy stuff on 33x12.50s and I drove with no sway bars all the time. All over through the mountains of the PNW and never had a problem. You learn the limits of truck. I could run through the coast range and have the outside tire fully compressed and inside fully topped out around corners and never felt like it was going to roll over. There is only 6-8" of travel up there anyway, just don't swerve hard back and forth like an idiot.
It will be a lot more stable with new shocks too. Its awesome over uneven surface, crappy roads, speedbumps, driveways etc. Just floats right over them. I got more compliments on the way my ranger rode like that than anything else.
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