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Can anyone tell me in simple grade school level, what is the purpose or how these sway bar disconnects work? What is it's purpose in place of a sway bar. I'm assuming it would be up front? Speaking for 93 XLT 5.8. Thank you.

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Can anyone tell me in simple grade school level, what is the purpose or how these sway bar disconnects work? What is it's purpose in place of a sway bar. I'm assuming it would be up front? Speaking for 93 XLT 5.8. Thank you.

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A sway bar disconnect is for detatching the sway bars from the frame for offroad flexibility. Then being able to reconnect them for the drive home.

Not sure what that specific product is though.
 

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A sway bar disconnect is for detatching the sway bars from the frame for offroad flexibility. Then being able to reconnect them for the drive home.

Not sure what that specific product is though.
Thanks Blue! I was looking on the BDS Suspension website and came across them. I guess I can look at them as a kit for on/off road. I'm kind of on the stiff side when I wheel and was told about my front sway bar preventing that flexibility, even with the TTB. But I do long stretches on the highway as well. Here's the link:

 

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Thanks Blue! I was looking on the BDS Suspension website and came across them. I guess I can look at them as a kit for on/off road. I'm kind of on the stiff side when I wheel and was told about my front sway bar preventing that flexibility, even with the TTB. But I do long stretches on the highway as well. Here's the link:

Ah i see, that offering is just drop brackets for the front sway bar. The section is titled sway bar links and disconnects... But they dont offer disconnects for our trucks.

FWIW i drive without any swaybars. Im on a 6" lift with 37s. It takes a bit of getting used to but i have no issues, even at 80 mph.

Yes, sway bars limit your suspension flex. A sway bar is essentially a torsion spring, which keeps the body level with the suspension. Great for higher speed maneuvers, but terrible on the trails.
 

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As @BigBlue 94 said they are just Extended front Sway bar links. Here is a link to Quick disconnect links for the front: swaybar disconnect
They arent even links on the front. They just use a piece of c-channel as a drop bracket. The rear does use links like pictured.
 

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They arent even links on the front. They just use a piece of c-channel as a drop bracket. The rear does use links like pictured.
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I'm soaking this up thanks gents.
If you look in your pic in the first post, the silver links laying sideways are similar to what the rear uses to connect the bar to the frame. The eyelet goes up on the frame and the threaded end goes through the bar and is fastened with a bushing and nut.

Disconnects are usually a pin or lockout type mechanism that physically disconnects the sway bar from the frame.

The way the TTB works, is backwards and it needs disconnected from the axle end. If left on the axle and disconnected from the frame, the scissor motion of the TTB will still be limited. Not as much as fully connected but still limiting.
 

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If you look in your pic in the first post, the silver links laying sideways are similar to what the rear uses to connect the bar to the frame. The eyelet goes up on the frame and the threaded end goes through the bar and is fastened with a bushing and nut.

Disconnects are usually a pin or lockout type mechanism that physically disconnects the sway bar from the frame.

The way the TTB works, is backwards and it needs disconnected from the axle end. If left on the axle and disconnected from the frame, the scissor motion of the TTB will still be limited. Not as much as fully connected but still limiting.
I appreciate that explanation and it makes a lot more sense now.
 
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Ah i see, that offering is just drop brackets for the front sway bar. The section is titled sway bar links and disconnects... But they dont offer disconnects for our trucks.

FWIW i drive without any swaybars. Im on a 6" lift with 37s. It takes a bit of getting used to but i have no issues, even at 80 mph.

Yes, sway bars limit your suspension flex. A sway bar is essentially a torsion spring, which keeps the body level with the suspension. Great for higher speed maneuvers, but terrible on the trails.

Have you towed without the front sway bar? If so, was it manageable?
 

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Have you towed without the front sway bar? If so, was it manageable?
No i have not. I have a pickup to tow with.

When i say i have no issues with no sway bars, i mean I have no issues. It does not handle like a normal vehicle, but i have driven mostly TTB vehicles for the entirety of my driving experience. Im used to constantly adjusting the steering and paying attention on turns. Im used to steering into the wind, and compensating for body lean.
 

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Im used to constantly adjusting the steering and paying attention on turns. Im used to steering into the wind, and compensating for body lean.
A lifetime ago I had a 74 CJ5. There was no cruising in that thing, you had to drive it every inch of the way. Also, it didn't have much self centering tendency, if you let go of the wheel in a turn it would just keep turning. I think my wife put it over a curb every time she drove it.

I got rid of it in '84, I think. Replaced it with a '69 F100 and a '79 VW rabbit diesel.
 

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No i have not. I have a pickup to tow with.

When i say i have no issues with no sway bars, i mean I have no issues. It does not handle like a normal vehicle, but i have driven mostly TTB vehicles for the entirety of my driving experience. Im used to constantly adjusting the steering and paying attention on turns. Im used to steering into the wind, and compensating for body lean.
Now me on the other hand I also have no issues "with" sway bars as I have my front and rear sway bars with Thermoplastic bushings and my Bronco handles just fine on the Highway in windy conditions or non-windy conditions, it is a pleasure to drive in any situation, it takes turns just fine without having to thinkabout or preplan the curve ahead and takes on and off ramps like a champ. I tow with them and all is fine, but I only drive my Bronco on the road not off-road where they would cause problems. I am also not lifted nor do I have oversized tires. So my "Opinion" is if driving On-road use them if driving Off-Road lose them.:geek::giggle:
 

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So my "Opinion" is if driving On-road use them if driving Off-Road lose them.:geek::giggle:
I mean, the whole point of the thread is disconnects so you don't have to make that choice.
 

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I mean, the whole point of the thread is disconnects so you don't have to make that choice.
Which eludes to the point of "Disconnects" to have the best of both worlds, if you can find some or make some!!!! Plus I was responding to @BigBlue 94's post about how his Bronco reacts to no bars on the road.
 

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Once the lift was put on my 78, I didn't put the sway bars back on since I was planning on using it off road a lot. The body roll is very noticeable, which I fully expected.

Prior to having the lift put on, I was trying to come up with my own disconnects so I could get the most out of my factory suspension. My solution was going to be replacing the bolts that hold the end link to the frame with clevis pins that I could easily remove.

The only issue with this method, or probably any method really, is having the suspension sitting level again so you can slide the pin back through the end link and the hole in the frame.








I only ever did the one pin when I was figuring out what size, length, etc, in order to make it work before I moved on to a different project and then of course I never put the bars back on so... there ya go.
 

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Once the lift was put on my 78, I didn't put the sway bars back on since I was planning on using it off road a lot. The body roll is very noticeable, which I fully expected.

Prior to having the lift put on, I was trying to come up with my own disconnects so I could get the most out of my factory suspension. My solution was going to be replacing the bolts that hold the end link to the frame with clevis pins that I could easily remove.

The only issue with this method, or probably any method really, is having the suspension sitting level again so you can slide the pin back through the end link and the hole in the frame.








I only ever did the one pin when I was figuring out what size, length, etc, in order to make it work before I moved on to a different project and then of course I never put the bars back on so... there ya go.
I appreciate your post. This will definitely get the brain to think about what options I have. Thanks.
 
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