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Old 04-02-2010
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sway bar?

do i need the front sway bar on the truck?

any benefits from having it or removing it?

i'm pretty clueless on it thanks guys.
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No sway bar= more body roll


You can take it off, if you don't like it put it back on
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Old 04-03-2010
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You'll get more body roll but it will ride 10x smoother, especially off road. No more rocking back and forth over speed bumps, uneven driveways, etc. I use to drive both my ranger and sport trac on 33s with no sway bars the majority of the time.

The easiest thing to do is just remove on end link, and leave the other one on. It will disable it, but keep the bar from swinging freely and contacting the suspension parts. Re-installing only takes a minute or two if you want it back on. It is definitely worth pulling it off and trying it out. Run over the roughest patches of roads that you normally drive on, over some speed bumps and stuff, you'll see that it is smooth and you can go faster over the same things. The body roll isn't that bad, just don't drive it like a sports car. Good shocks help too.

When the front suspension can work independently, you'll actually get a little bit of flex from it.
Same front suspension as your truck, sway with a body lift, sway bars disconnected;

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Hmm, its funny, I saw a nut stick out when I was in front of the truck. I went to look at it and noticed that the swaybar link was broke, I then checked the other one and noticed I didn't have one, so as far as I know I have been driving around for about 10k with no link, I allways thought wow, the ranger drives really smooth, takes bumps nice and everything, find out its because my swar bar is disconnected.

either way, its makes a very smooth ride, your not racing so don't worry about it.
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So I just need one side disconnected? Cuz one side is broke off
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So I just need one side disconnected? Cuz one side is broke off
There you go, it's disconnected already! lol
You can remove the whole thing if you want, handling isn't going to change. I just always pulled one off so I could hook it back up for towing and stuff.
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yeah i noticed there was more body roll and stuff, i just didn't know if it would be a "problem" if the side wasn't connected.
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No, I fully cycled the suspension on both trucks to make sure that there was no interference with one side connected.
Now if both sides get disconnected and the sway bar moves freely, it may contact other stuff.
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