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sway bars

my buddy got a sway bar for his 97 ranger and it seems to make a diffrence in body roll when taking a turn at higher speeds. do they work like they say they do
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Yes, the whole purpose is to prevent body role when cornering, making handling better. They have after-market bars that work better, but having one is definitely a step to better handling than not having one at all.
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Every Ranger ever made has a front anti-sway bar.. and a good deal of them have a rear one also, though becoming less common..
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thats what i thought i am thinking about getting an aftermarket kit for mine
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swaybars are great for reducing body roll...ive got an aftermarket rear swaybar on my truck and it helps a lot when cornering hard.

I have an extra rear swaybar brand new that will fit 98-06 rangers that im looking to sell...it would probably fit your 93 too with some slight modification (i.e. drilling 2 holes in the frame)...unless the frame in 93 is narrower that the 98+ rangers. Ask around to make sure itll fit your truck if youre interested in buying it from me. Send me a PM or hit me up on AIM if youre interested.
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how much do these run? do we need the front and rear???
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Depends on what you want.. ? they do reduce body roll... On my 95 probe Gt it comes stock with a 12mm i went to a 22mm. (the jump is so much i can kick the *** end out if i blip the trottle and toss the weight balance around) According the to the math, the upgrade was 1000 percent stiffer then stock. (on steep inclines i can 3 wheel it)

Yes its a good idea if you want hwy driving sure get both... I belive most 4 wheeling mags say remove it.
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haha, you guys are talking about adding sway bars ive taken both mine off, to improve flex. but they do help on body roll and these are trucks, not to be driven like race cars.
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I've been driving (local and highway, not off-road) w/o my sway bar and I'm likin' it more and more. I know it's not the smartest thing to do for street driving, but I can feel the IFS working much better now, and I like that 'lean' that you get when going around corners. I hardly notice the difference anymore though.

I agree... these trucks are not race cars and aren't supposed to be driven like one. If you just can't keep your foot off the gas then maybe it would be good for you to upgrade your front SB and get one for the rear as well.
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