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front sway bars on or off

got new tires. slight rub on sway bars at full lock turn. not a huge issue. just gotta remember not to full lock. read alot on the forums bout the pros and cons of sway bar removal. thought id throw it out there ONE MORE TIME
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what part of the tire rubs? is it the footprint, or the inner sidewall? if it's inner sidewall, go get 2, 1/4" spacers to put behind your front tires, problem solved
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what part of the tire rubs? is it the footprint, or the inner sidewall? if it's inner sidewall, go get 2, 1/4" spacers to put behind your front tires, problem solved
know where i can get those? tires are goodyear duratracs. only reason it rubs is cuz they have small lugs on the sidewall. wouldnt rub at all cept for them. 1/4 inch would be enough. any issues with that?
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i don't think so, i think i ran 3/16th spacers on my mustang because i rubbed somewhere, i forget where... most auto parts stores should carry them, if not, a tire shop should, see if you can find a rim sales store... i got my rims from a company that sells rims, center caps, lug nuts, those little plastic things you see on the lugs on big trucks, wheel spacers, wheel weights... i don't even think they sold tires... they do no mounting, no balancing, just sell the parts... they had the spacers in stock for my truck

the ones you want are like a washer... you don't need the ones with wheel studs on them
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Just pull off the sway bar and see if you like it.
If I had another Ranger, disconnecting the sway bar would probably be the first thing I did.
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im running no sway. and all i can say is the ride is better and softer, but i have a chet ton of body roll... been puckered up once or twice sliding a corner and feeling the lean! but its nicer to drive overall without
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I would take it off and see if you like it a few bolts and your done. I just took mine off and im pretty sure im leaving it off because of how much it improved the ride.
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no sway bars ftw!

without the front i will say my truck swayed alot, but it rode NICE and was more fun to drive honestly.
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Meh, sway shmay.
My ranger had a 3" body lift, 150+ lb front bumper, fiberglass canopy with all kinds of crap in it and I didn't mind the sway. I could fully cycle the front end (one side fully compressed, the other fully extended) around corners and never felt like it was out of control. The only thing I didn't like was an on ramp that was a good left turn at freeway speed with a big bump at an expansion joint. But it was only one spot and it unsettled any bigger truck a bit as well. Overall it was worth it on a daily driver for me.
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Mine is off right now, had it both ways. Prefer it on for full loads or heAvy towing. Easy to remove or replace.
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i took my front and rear off, and ill never put them back on. as stated above the ride is a **** ton better. i honestly didnt notice THAT much more body roll
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looks like i'm out numbered 1999999999 to 1... try it with an (one) end link removed and see what ou thjoik
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yup remove an endlink. thats how im running mine right now. but the side that has the endlink still in makes a strange noise every time i hit a bump with that side tire first. i think its loose. taking it all the way out tomorrow. lol
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eldlinks all the way out or the entire sway bar out? a sway bar wit 0 end links will cause nothing but issues and possibly damage
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i run no sway bar till it starts snowing. then i throw it back on for the winter.
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i took mine all the way off it just 4 more bolts
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yup remove an endlink. thats how im running mine right now. but the side that has the endlink still in makes a strange noise every time i hit a bump with that side tire first. i think its loose. taking it all the way out tomorrow. lol
That's how I ran mine, with one end link removed. It only took a minute to throw an end-link back on when I was towing or hauling a lot of weight or something.
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how did you just remove one endlink? when i was taking mine off i undid one side and i couldnt get it out without undoing the other side.
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forgive the newb question, but do you have to jack the front up to remove the swaybar? I know nothing about taking one out but I want to try it

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how did you just remove one endlink? when i was taking mine off i undid one side and i couldnt get it out without undoing the other side.
You have to be smarter than the end link...? lol

Slide the bolt out through the top (probably can only come halfway out), then pull the bottom of the end link out of the "cup" in the control arm, slide the bolt the rest of the way out and remove it all. Or you could drive over an uneven surface that would move the sway bar away from the end link.
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forgive the newb question, but do you have to jack the front up to remove the swaybar? I know nothing about taking one out but I want to try it
No.
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You have to be smarter than the end link...? lol
that's asking alot of me

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Yea me too!
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