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removing front sway bar

is it safe? i want more "flex" in the front end but i dont want to destroy my axles or make the truck unsafe to drive. is it really going to change the hadeling fo the truck? is it worth it?
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Just do it. Unbolt it. It's not that big of a deal.
See if you think you're going to rollover and crash.

I took mine off over 2 years ago and haven't missed it.
My wife drives my truck all the time too.

Some people don't like it without a sway bar. Yeah it sways and leans in turns. No big deal to me.
But it doesn't feel unsafe or anything. The improvement in ride quality was worth it by itself.
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sounds like a bad idea
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i do drive pretty fast some times lol.. thats why im on the fence about doing it.. its bad enough with the sway bar on if i need to make a quick manovier on the highway i cant amgine what its like with out the bar..

so your saying the ride quality will improve.. hmm ill have to keep thinking about it
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just don't drive like you're in a Vette and you'll be fine.

its a noticable difference if you yank on the wheel, disconnect and pull out one of the links and see how you like it.
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I've thought about this as well. Do you have to worry about blowing cv's or anything like that?
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cv's will be fine. i had mine off for about 2 years then rolled my truck. i put it back on after. if you are not lifted too much or not at all i would think it would handle better, but being ~9" higher than stock makes it pretty wobbly in corners
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I've broke 6 or 7 or 8.. idk lol

I think that was mainlt attributed to the locker/35s/my right foot
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cv's will be fine. i had mine off for about 2 years then rolled my truck. i put it back on after. if you are not lifted too much or not at all i would think it would handle better, but being ~9" higher than stock makes it pretty wobbly in corners

i only have a 3" bl.. so you rolled your truck cause of the sway bar? or did it not even matter..
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Im not running mine, and have not problems.
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I'm not running mine either and I love it. Like Matt said, just unbolt one link and see if you like it or not. If not just put the link back in.
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I have not had a sway bar in my truck since the day i bought it, drives fine sways alittle more getting off the highway offramps but never had a problem with it...
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Get quick disconnects or just unbolt it. That way you have it on the road and it only takes a minute to disconnect it when you hit the trails.
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what would quick disconnects look like??
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instead of having a bolt on the top have like a cotter pin or somthing. honestly i drive like a jackass and have never had a issue with out my sway bars... yes the truck can come up on two wheels easier but most of the time im askin for that to happen.
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they don't sell quick disconnects for our trucks, you have to make them.

the ones for jeeps normally have 2 pieces, and they slide over each other with a pin in the middle.



hell I'm sas'd on some extremely soft springs sitting easily 9-10" above a stock ranger, no problems yet.. but it's one scary ***** to do 70 in.
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i just took my front sway bar off about an hour ago. the ride is so much better now its awesome. and i don't feel unsafe at all.
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try it

Go ahead and try it, it is easy enough to put back on. I took mine off this summer and it was fine around town but i did not like it when the truck was fully loaded with hay or hauling a very heavy trailer, that is working to or over capacity. I would leave it off if off-road was my primary driving, but I also need 75 mph highway cruise and sometimes haul the big loads.
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i just took my front sway bar off about an hour ago. the ride is so much better now its awesome. and i don't feel unsafe at all.
have you yanked the steering wheel yet? that's when it gets fun.
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have you yanked the steering wheel yet? that's when it gets fun.
Um i did a little bit. I went left pretty fast and i started rubbing in the front right wheel well which has never happened lol. There's a fatty dip in my road that i usually drive around cuz its so bad, and i went over and the bounce or whatever was reduced by about 75% even feel. i seriously said "oh my god!" out loud haha
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ill have to give it a shot.. its getting cold here so breaking the bolts loose is gona be fun.. ill see if i can convince my cusion to let me use his shop lol
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I might just do this. Just to check it out. I know I would love to get a little more flex out of the front.
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I was doing it just to check it out, but I'm going to keep it off now
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Now you guys have me curious
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Will removing it let the arms move that far? Would limit straps be a good idea?
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