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Old 08-08-2013, 05:22 PM
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Sway bar disconnect 99-04

was looking at my 02 and was wondering if anyone figured out how to do a quick disconnect on the front/rear sway bars?

the sway bars are directly mounted to the axle on this generation with the links connecting to the frame and i want to keep them as its my dd and i plan on eventually towing with it.

so my question is has anyone figured out a solution?

if i disconnect one side will it be worth it and articulate more(be easy to setup a quick disconnect that way)? or should i figure out a way to disconnect both sides?

just looking for ideas or thoughts thank-you
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I had a cheesey drop bracket snap on the right front. It had hideous body roll in left hand turns, but normal in right hNd turns. Based on that, I'd say disconnect both sides.

As for a quick disconnect, have you thought about a pin like used on a hitch with a washer between the safety pin and sway link?

Karl
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Old 08-08-2013, 07:23 PM
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yeah i thought about a pin, but still leaves the bar itself to swing around on the axles, weather you use a pin at the axle end or frame end of the link.


i know you have a 03, here is basically the setup on the front and rear,

(not my truck/google image)

so i guess my better question is how would you secure the bar itself on the axle so its not flopping around under the truck?
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Depending on your bushing status, I don't know if will be an issue. When I had mine apart for front end work, my sway bar was pretty tight in there.

Karl
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Just curious why do you want to quick disconnect the sway bar?
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Suspension articulation when you're wheeling is the usual reason for disconnecting the sway bar.

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Old 08-09-2013, 12:21 PM
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Ahh i see makes sense
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Your issue is that with the links disconnected, a round bar can rotate inside it's round bushing and potentially hit something. The sway bar doesn't need a whole lot of rotational movement so how about redesigning the axle side mount. Set it up like a torsion axle. That would allow for rotational movement but provide resistance for when the links are disconnected.



The other thing to do would be to look into vehicles that already use a disconnect system and copy them. Off the top of my head, some Jeeps and the Power Wagon would be good examples.
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Old 08-09-2013, 05:51 PM
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yeah i want it for setup to disconnect for offroading, well help some on these mountain trails, when i don't feel like taking the bronco out(threw both its sway bars in the trash....) .


was playing on Google yesterday, any opinions on these setups?
in flex position

locked position


i think i can duplicate that using some hiem joints and threaded rod,

couldn't find much info on this one



some type of electric /air shock
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Twin rancho shock gauges and controls both have their own pump so shocks can be immediately adjusted separately.
the build link is dead on that one, but does anyone have any ideas on who makes that shock/ if it would work on a Superduty or would it need to be more heavy duty?

the thread i found both on where for a toyota 4runner.


might do a write up if people are interested if i figure out a solution, just might take a while

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Old 08-09-2013, 05:59 PM
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Depending on your bushing status, I don't know if will be an issue. When I had mine apart for front end work, my sway bar was pretty tight in there.

Karl

like i said, offroading in the mountains, if it not secure, then a rock will defenitly kill it by catching on lol
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