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Old 02-04-2009, 08:00 PM
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Good Bye Sway Bar

Well I finally got sick and tired of the "Clunk" from the sway bar. My truck spends a lot of its life off road and towing very heavy loads which I guess is hell on the sway bar end links. They never seem to last more than 15 or 20K miles. Im sick of it! Well last weekend I took the whole bar and links off. And I havent looked back yet. No adverse effects. Truck no longer clunks and the ride is actually smoother off road. Trailers seem to have no effect either. Looks like I saved a bunch of money and shed a 75 pounds off the front end. I love when a plan comes together.
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Old 02-04-2009, 08:18 PM
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No adverse effects?? So you're saying, really I don't need it? I have a front end clunk right now. Not sure if it's leafs, shocks, ball joints or could just be the sway bar?
I know it's not the stabilizer, it was changed around 4 months ago..
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Old 02-04-2009, 10:02 PM
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I also have this issue. Right now mine is fine, but surely not for long. 15-20k for me as well. I think I will wait until you have put some more miles without it to really put it to the test. Keep us updated.
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No adverse effects?? So you're saying, really I don't need it? I have a front end clunk right now. Not sure if it's leafs, shocks, ball joints or could just be the sway bar?
I know it's not the stabilizer, it was changed around 4 months ago..
Dont get me wrong, I work my truck and drive my truck like it is a Truck. I wouldnt try and set any land speed records with the loads I move. I do think that in a very hard turn these trucks will tip over no matter how heavy duty the sway bar is. Remember, it is only a sway bar, there to control sway. It is not the cure the world, make my coffee, and get me a girlfriend bar. (Boy, I really need one of those) If you drive like an idiot, no bar will save you. But I would take the bar off and see if your clunk goes away. You need a 15 MM deep socket for the axle nuts, and a 18MM socket with 15MM wrench for the frame bolts. At least on my '04 thats what it took. Good luck.
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:35 AM
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Well I finally got sick and tired of the "Clunk" from the sway bar. My truck spends a lot of its life off road and towing very heavy loads which I guess is hell on the sway bar end links. They never seem to last more than 15 or 20K miles. Im sick of it! Well last weekend I took the whole bar and links off. And I havent looked back yet. No adverse effects. Truck no longer clunks and the ride is actually smoother off road. Trailers seem to have no effect either. Looks like I saved a bunch of money and shed a 75 pounds off the front end. I love when a plan comes together.
I don't see this ending well. Just my
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Old 02-05-2009, 04:47 AM
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75 pounds? Are you sure? I just swapped my '06 front bar and it's no where near 75 lbs in weight.
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I can see dropping it for off road but no way I'd remove mine on the highway. The only way for ther to be no adverse effect is if your springs are so heavy the truck can't compress them and that's a whole new bag of worms. They're there for a reason.
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I don't see this ending well. Just my
Why, may I ask? My last old truck was the exact same design with out a sway bar. The front end of these trucks is so stiff that they dont move anyways. My last truck, 1984, went 270000 miles without a sway bar. I think this truck will do just fine. Please enlighten me if Im wrong.
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I can see dropping it for off road but no way I'd remove mine on the highway. The only way for ther to be no adverse effect is if your springs are so heavy the truck can't compress them and that's a whole new bag of worms. They're there for a reason.
If you ask me, and Im no expert, these sway bars are for the people that think these trucks are race cars. Drive like a normal person, and you wont have a problem. I know a friend that has had his bar off for several thousand miles with no problem. That is where I got the idea. Keep the ideas coming.
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I drive like a normal person. That means I don't drive the speed limit and I usually go around corners, take off ramps, etc at above the posted speed. My truck is an 05 and coil sprung which may make a difference. I don't have any experience with a leaf sprun front end. I know I can feel a definite difference without mine. I also have an open track Cobra so expect something that doesn't wallow in a turn. If it works for you great.
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