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Old December 3rd, 2010, 05:04 AM   #1
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Default TJ sway bar bent? Or need collars?

Still trying to wrap up the salvage Rubi. I think that the stock swaybar is bent, it rubs the frame on the drivers side, which is where the most damage to the jeep was, and it's still kind of close on the passenger side.
I would say that the links are pulled out towards the wheels at the bottom on both sides, and it doesn't seem right.
I don't know anyone around here with a TJ to compare it to, so I can't be sure.

I saw this solution to rubbing swaybar on the frame, and it seems like a good idea, but I still think my swaybar is bent.


I know it's a pretty stout piece of steel, but all the same, it could be bent in a collision, right? I disconnected it from the end links, so it was floating, and I adjusted it to the drivers side to keep it from rubbing, but it shifted back again after a short shakedown drive. It clunks when I go over bumps, when it hits the frame. Ugh.

Thoughts, offers of free TJ front swaybar?
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 01:47 PM   #2
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i lifted my tj with out redrilling the holes for the track bar- the axle is probably pulled <1/2 to the drivers side- mine rubs on both sides- mostly from when i was wheeling it and flexing would pull the bar more to one side (i now have quick disconnects and they have a better mounting point so they are not even close to the frame anymore connected

i can take a measurement of how much i have to the frame from the inside of my sway bar on each side (i would assume mine isnt bent)


you have the end links installed correctly im assuming , they have a bend in them that could mess with how it centers the bar

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Old December 3rd, 2010, 01:55 PM   #3
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i have a factory sway bar you can have just to get it out of my garage
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 01:55 PM   #4
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i just took a quick measure- from the inside of the sway bar to the frame i have a total 1 3/4 inches combined for both sides (they didnt have the same measurement) hopefully that helps ya
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 05:31 PM   #5
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Why not just lose the swaybar and call it good?
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 05:59 PM   #6
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I have a swaybar you can have also.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 06:32 PM   #7
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I ditched the swaybar on the YJ, but haven't done so on the TJ yet. I may pull it off, and drive around a few days and see how it goes. I never once missed it on the YJ, but it was a bit stiffer with leafs, or that was my impression.

1 3/4 inch combined? I doubt that I have half an inch combined between the two.
I also don't have a track bar drop on the front, I didn't even think about that. There is one in the rear though.

The links... they seem straight, not bent. They are pulling to the outside for sure, quite a bit.

Having never worked on, or paid any attention to a TJ before, all this is pretty new to me. Heh!

I am recovering from surgery right now, so I can't take any pics, or measurements. It's pretty much wiping me out typing this. Arm is killin me. Whew.

Chad, if you can hold on to it for me for a few weeks, I am headed up to Shelby the weekend of the 18th, perhaps I can pick it up then? Unless someone closer has one I can get sooner.

I am off of wrenching for a bit, at least a week.
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Definately! it is just sitting next to my scrap waiting to go to the junkyard. It is off my 97.
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my sway bar would walk to one side or the other quite often. beat it to one side with a bfh. make both sides the same distance to the frame. buy the collars to hold it in place. thats why they sell collars to stop it from shifting. the sway bar is spring steel. its made to bend, then go back to its old shape. i doubt its bent.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 07:05 PM   #10
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my sway bar would walk to one side or the other quite often. beat it to one side with a bfh. make both sides the same distance to the frame. buy the collars to hold it in place. thats why they sell collars to stop it from shifting. the sway bar is spring steel. its made to bend, then go back to its old shape. i doubt its bent.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 07:10 PM   #11
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I will get a picture, perhaps tomorrow. It's close to the frame on both sides. Really close.
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Take a center to center measurement from the links hook to the swaybar. I will measure mine tomorrow.
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Old December 3rd, 2010, 10:33 PM   #13
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yea i have a inch and a half combined from both sides they are not quite the same side to side, but that thing moves all over the place- thats from frame to the very inside of the sway bar. Ill see about getting a measurement eye to eye on my sway bar as well tommorrow

id really like a set of the clamps for my tj.. lol
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I still haven't taken those pics. DOH! I will this morning, when the sun comes up.
Still rubbing like a SOB. Starting to wonder if something else is going on, that I hadn't noticed. The front shaft will occasionally contact the exhaust too. Argh!
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Old December 10th, 2010, 06:51 AM   #15
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Why not just lose the swaybar and call it good?
Not on a coil-sprung, street-driven Jeep.
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Old December 10th, 2010, 06:56 AM   #16
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Not on a coil-sprung, street-driven Jeep.
Exactly what I was going to reply with. Mine is a NOODLE on the road when it is disconnected!
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the sway bar is spring steel. its made to bend, then go back to its old shape. i doubt its bent.
good luck.
This may be a good time to mention my control arms were bent like a pretzel. One mount was torn from the axle, the driveshaft was shaped like a U, and the transfer case was broken in ten places. The tire had come in contact with not only the back of the fender, but the top of the fender, and the hood as well. Whoa.
Not your ordinary swaybar shifting situation.
On one hand, it's lucky that the Rubicon Express control arms are so flimsy, so they could absorb some of the impact and bend rather than bend the frame. On the other hand, they are really flimsy. Heh!
But, it could be that I only need an adjustable track bar. Maybe the axle is off center just enough.
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Well, back to the garage.
I took the swaybar off today, and measured it. 35" eye to eye. It just looked bent, laying on the floor.
Anyone have one they can measure to let me know what they get?
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Not on a coil-sprung, street-driven Jeep.
x2 it will handle like crap
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Not to mention what an insurance inspector might do on an inspection after an accident
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