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nakman
07-07-2007, 04:57 PM
Had the sway bar up front disconnected from the frame on the 80 today, and noticed I've got about a 1/2" of movement where it attaches to the axle, both sides. IOW, I can push up on the sway bar and watch it move up and down.

I don't remember noticing this before... is this normal? Or should I put new bushings on my next parts list..


edit: here's a video of it. link (http://www.risingsun4x4club.org/uploads/nak_swaybar1.wma) It's 15mb and .avi though, sorry I don't know how to resize them. We just got a new camera and now the video files are huge, and in black and white. Kind of like the black & white part, could do w/o the huge... alright maybe I've got two tech questions then. :rolleyes:

edit2: I deleted the video linked above, replaced it with a much smaller one. Just right click, save link as, should work.

Hants
07-07-2007, 07:53 PM
I have to say yours is abnormal... only because mine is solid as a rock, not because I know anything! :hill:

And you need to play with your camera... 9 seconds of black and white shouldn't be 15MB. :)

nakman
07-07-2007, 08:51 PM
Ok I just checked again now that the drops are screwed back on and it's totally solid. I'm holding out for a second data point, who's got plans to disconnect their sway bar any time soon?

And I made a lower quality version using Windows Movie maker, now only 150kb.. deleted the other one.

60wag
07-08-2007, 07:11 AM
I've been wondering about sway bars on 80's. I see all these pix of sick flex on 80's but no one ever mentions disconnecting the swaybars. Do most people leave the connected or not?

SROR/AKA 2BAD
07-08-2007, 09:23 AM
sway bars are over rated.

take them off!!!!!

nakman
07-08-2007, 09:05 PM
I've been wondering about sway bars on 80's. I see all these pix of sick flex on 80's but no one ever mentions disconnecting the swaybars. Do most people leave the connected or not?

Most people leave them connected, but lower them where they mount to the frame. They become your limiting factor on droop, if your shocks still have more down to give. Some (FJBen for one) just take them off. The result is more flex, less stability at high speed maneuvers.. IMO the added gains off road don't offset the reduced safety factor on the highway, though both are pretty hard to quantify. I don't really care about maximum flex though, just twist the dial and let a wheel cruise in the air for a sec..

Vitesse_6
07-08-2007, 11:53 PM
FWIW The bushings for the sway bars are only about $12.00 for each set, I bought some for the front, I need to get some for the rear, I could hear rattling and thought it was only the front, Now I need some for the rear.
Oh and here is this...
http://forum.ih8mud.com/showthread.php?t=146987
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