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Question trail riding and sway bars

Hi All!

As stated before I am getting the BKO ready to do some mudding and trail riding. Nothing to serious just weekend fun once a month.

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I have been looking for front diff protection and it seems that every picture I see shows the front diff without a front sway bar.
Is it easier to trail without that thing hanging down in front of the diff?
Should I remove it?

How are the on-road manors without it?

How about the off-road manors?

Any suggestions?

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they help to eliminate "body roll" in the corners by keeping the suspension a little stiffer, side to side.
removing the sway bars allows the front end to articulate flex more/better.
many just remove them altogether, some make detachable points on them like the jeepers.
I removed them on my old '89 and difference was minimal on the road and noticeably better off.

most of us aren't trying to turn tight corners and break-neck speeds. if you are/do then you may want to keep 'em.
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they help to eliminate "body roll" in the corners by keeping the suspension a little stiffer, side to side.
removing the sway bars allows the front end to articulate flex more/better.
many just remove them altogether, some make detachable points on them like the jeepers.
I removed them on my old '89 and difference was minimal on the road and noticeably better off.

most of us aren't trying to turn tight corners and break-neck speeds. if you are/do then you may want to keep 'em.
BikerPepe, Thanks for the input. I am thinking I am going to ditch the sway bar and see how it goes. I did end up buying Duff diff skid plates. Would be a shame to bend up the sway bar and hurt the diff by not using it.
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Took mine off (front and rear) on my 78. Overall the ride quality improved greatly for me. I had/have all new suspension as well, so that probably helps the stability factor. Still though, much less head bobbing when turning in to inclined driveways at 45 degree angles and such. It just flexes and is compliant.

I'll keep mine for originality as my Bronco came with the "handling pkg" as part of the Freewheeling pkg, but I'll never reinstall them.
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On road you kinda need the front one,Off road you don't need one at all.Most of the jeep guys use a sway bar disconnect which lets you unhook it for off road and hook it back up for on road,But no one makes them for broncos but you could figure out what your swaybar end links length is and find a swaybar dicso the same length.
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Half true,
https://desolatemotorsports.com/shop...-sway-bar-kit/
Its expensive but should be easily removable for ultimate flex.
Not sure if your bronco does, but with the quad shocks up front the difference between no sway bar and sway bar is even less noticeable, assuming you have good quality not worn out shocks on it.
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Took mine off (front and rear) on my 78. Overall the ride quality improved greatly for me. I had/have all new suspension as well, so that probably helps the stability factor. Still though, much less head bobbing when turning in to inclined driveways at 45 degree angles and such. It just flexes and is compliant.

I'll keep mine for originality as my Bronco came with the "handling pkg" as part of the Freewheeling pkg, but I'll never reinstall them.
Bronco Steve, My shocks appear to be oringinals! I do plan on buying new shocks before I hit the trail. Which will be a subject for another forum search and post I am sure. Then when I can get to it new body mounts will be in order, with maybe a small lift. I am also going to put on some 35" tires as well.

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Andrew,

THanks for the idea, never thought of that.
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https://desolatemotorsports.com/shop...-sway-bar-kit/
Its expensive but should be easily removable for ultimate flex.
Not sure if your bronco does, but with the quad shocks up front the difference between no sway bar and sway bar is even less noticeable, assuming you have good quality not worn out shocks on it.
CrazyBRONCOguy,

The cost of that would pretty much eliminate that as an option for me. My shock are shot! They pretty much look like the original ones! I will be getting new shocks before I hit the trails.

My BKO does not have the quad shock set up although I have been looking for a set to install on my Bronco. If you have a set..........

Thanks for the advice.
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Bronco Steve, My shocks appear to be oringinals! I do plan on buying new shocks before I hit the trail. Which will be a subject for another forum search and post I am sure. Then when I can get to it new body mounts will be in order, with maybe a small lift. I am also going to put on some 35" tires as well.

Thanks for the help!
Of course! Here's a good read for you and it'll save at least one search: http://www.fullsizebronco.com/forum/21-noobie-bronco-tech-questions-flame-free-zone/423985-2-lift-78-a.html
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I've never had sway bars and never felt the need for them.
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Took mine off first thing. Getting better fuel economy. Haha
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Sway bars are for body roll. Not shock absorbtion, not ride height. The BKO is top-heavy and, since the intro of modern interstates, people have developed the habit of taking merge ramps at higher speeds. To negate the ill effects of, possibly, rolling your vehicle while taking an interchange ramp at 80 mph, vehicle manufacturers integrated anti-sway bars into vehicle design. If you're a "conscientious" driver, this should not be an issue. If you drive an SUV like an SUV, and not a Ferrari, you will be fine.

However, if you are subjected to rapid lane changes and "evasion" tactics due to idiot drivers on a 20-30 mile freeway commute everyday, you should keep the sway bars on. People are dumb and will kill you. -_-

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I have both front and rear on mine, because I believe it helps when towing my boat. Tight winding roads, and steep descents, with a 2000 lb. trailer, make the sway bars very helpful. If anyone thinks that their sway bar doesn't do squat, I suggest that they look at their sway bar bushings. If the body is not rolling, then why are those bushings so smashed and worn?
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I did forget, that this thread is about trails and mud, so go for it, remove them.
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I did forget, that this thread is about trails and mud, so go for it, remove them.
Wyatt,

Thanks for your input! And for remembering the topic. The BKO is not a daily driver and only used on weekends for pleasure riding. I will try with the sway bars off for trail riding and I may just bolt them back on afterwards.

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