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Who runs w/o swaybar?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by fortcollinsram, Jan 31, 2002.

  1. fortcollinsram

    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    I was wondering if anybody here runs there rig without the swaybar? How are its road manners? I was thinking about completely ditching th eswaybar when i put my 6" lift on...any ideas/insight into this?

    Thanks a bunch gang,

    Chris

    Was that a speed bump? No, just a Rice Rocket </font color=red> <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/fortcollinsram>My 87 Blazer</a>
     
  2. txbartman

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    When I first went with my 4" lift, I still had the swaybar connected factory-style. Made the front-end a little "bouncy", but it handled snug on corners and lane changes. I then added the ORD correction/disconnects and it fixed the "bounciness", handled well on road, and was easy to disconnect offroad.

    But, when I installed the correction/disconnect kit, I also installed new polyurethane bushings. And... I didn't grease them well enough. Moving my swaybar up or down now (to disconnect and/or reconnect) is quite difficult. The last time I was offroad, I dosconnected it and let the flex on the trail push the bar out of the way. For the same reason, I didn't reconnect it.

    I have now been runnign for a month or so without. I run on in-town streets, highway driving, and highway driving with lots of traffic. It definitely handles more "sloppily". If you hit an outside dip on a curve, it can get your panties in a wad. I also noticed it changes my driving habit when carrying heavy loads like when I was transporting my new engine in the back of the rig. But, it isn't anything you can't learn to deal with.

    Although, I have probably comprised my safety somewhat when considering higher speed evasive manuevers. But, there is a fine line on that safety anyway if you are going with a 6".

    I would recommend to get the disconnects. It gives you the best of both worlds for not much money and keeps the safety factor. Who really needs flex on the road? But, if you go with poly bushings, open them up a little, add a grease groove, or really lube them well on install. I am going to have to take mine off someday soon and fix them.

    Brian
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  3. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    I have the Offroad Design Swaybar Disconnect. Last time I went wheeling (end of Xmas break) I disconnected the bar, and wheeled. I didn't feel like fooling with it after I was done wheelin, so I left I disconnected. I drove home 65+ miles, 40 dirt, 25 pavement/highway. I did notice more body roll in the corners, and a little bouncing when I went over decent bumps in the road. When I get home though, I am going to take my swaybar off, and sell the disco to get $ for my 14 bolt swap. I only have 3" of lift, but I am not going to run a swaybar from now on.

    *** I am not knocking Offroad Designs Swaybar Disconnect System in any way. It is a great product, and I liked it alot. But for my application and use of my truck it is not necesary. It has its applications, and is a high quality product. But on my truck it is not necessary or practical anymore. ***

    My Chevy isn't broken, its just out of gas.
     
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    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    What lift are you going with? Mine was a rough country and I went without the sway bar for a little bit, but road manners sucked. So, i got the swaybar disconnect/correction kit and I'm a happy camper again.
    With some lifts you can't tell when the sway bar is on or off. On mine you could.

    <font color=green>Can't sleep...the clown will get me</font color=green>

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    I went with 6" ProComp springs in the front and blocks out back for now until I get around to the shackle flip and 2.5" spring lift out back...I think the Stiffness of the ProComp 6" spings may retain some of the K5's road manners..but I will see...Thanks for the input guys and gals...

    Chris

    Was that a speed bump? No, just a Rice Rocket </font color=red> <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/fortcollinsram>My 87 Blazer</a>
     
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    fortcollinsram 1/2 ton status

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    I went with 6" ProComp springs in the front and blocks out back for now until I get around to the shackle flip and 2.5" spring lift out back...I think the Stiffness of the ProComp 6" spings may retain some of the K5's road manners..but I will see...Thanks for the input guys and gals...

    Chris

    Was that a speed bump? No, just a Rice Rocket </font color=red> <a target="_blank" href=http://coloradok5.com/gallery/fortcollinsram>My 87 Blazer</a>
     
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    <font color=orange>Just take it off. You will get used to not having it in no time. I don't miss mine at all.</font color=orange>

    <font color=orange>SEAN<font color=orange>

    [​IMG]<font color=orange>79 K20(duh) D44, FF 14bolt, built 350,TH350,NP203,9"lift</font color=orange>[​IMG]
     
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    I took mine completely out. The only big side effect I see is the air blast from Big 18 wheelers on the interstate. I look like a drunk drive swerving all over the road, at least in the same lane anyway!! [​IMG] But it aint funny at 75.....[​IMG]

    **WARN**ing, Something winching this way comes! [​IMG]
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    I run without mine cuz of my crossover , i have 4 inches of lift ,to me it handles fine

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    I had a 4" lift of unknown origin on my truck with the sway bar intact. I recently replaced the 4" lift (I broke 3 spring leaves) with a 6" BDS system and ORD greasable bushings and heavy duty shackles. Since I plan on a D60 front axle swap and crossover steering, I didn't bother to put the sway bar back on. The truck handles fine on the road, maybe slightly more body roll, but that could be attributed to the now higher center of gravity. I don't miss the sway bar at all, and I don't plan on putting it back on.

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  11. jekbrown

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    i have ORD disconnects but have had the bar in disconnected mode for months now. Once I test my rigs on-road manners with the revolvers added....I'll know whether or not I wanna sell my ORD disconnect kit. B4 the revolvers, it was no problem running without it, to me. Take corners slow, as you should anyway in a lifted rig, and all is fine.

    J


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  12. TrcksR4ME

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    Hossbaby 50, did you sell the disconnect kit yet? I am looking to get one. Let me know please.

    TrcksR4ME
     
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    Ditch it - that will clear the way for X-over steering which is a good thing!

    Dave

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    Ditch the B*tch
     
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    GM never put one on mine[​IMG] and it rides just fine around corners. Just ditch it and if you don't like it buy the disconects.

    '71 Blazer CST w/ a 400sbc, 4" lift, 36" Supper Swampers, and alot of rust
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    Butch 1/2 ton status

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    What's a sway bar? Threw mine away a long time ago have not missed it any either. Course mine rides on a trailer to most trails cause I am a poser :-))), but a hard poser to follow.

    I thought I was wrong once,
    but I was mistaken
     
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    Corey 78K5 1 ton status

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    I took mine off and just got used to the way it handels. I even hauled a complete 454 in the back on 90 miles of curvy road and did'nt really have to much problem. I figure once I put on the Rancho 9000's I'll just crank em up to firm for the curvy roads.


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  18. RootBreaker

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    Have one one my truck... with 33's and 3" body lift I liked it... Also the guy that lifted my truck told me to keep it as I will not be rock climbing.... also said that being up this high it is good to have.....
    oh well when I finally get it done I will try it out. He also lowered the swaybar with a dropdown bracket kit. Since I have 14" leafs something had to be fabbed. ( payed someone to lift the truck so it would pass nJ laws....screwed anyway... laws changed and never drove the truck... ) hopefully this summer

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  19. White Knight

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    Mines been turned into beer cans or new lug nuts, got a sway bar disconnect used it once tok every thing off, threw the sway bar away but I kept the disconnects for some reason...if you want them email me..they're Ord disconnects.

    White Knight
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    I'm intrested...

    Anybody else have some disconnect's for sale?



    Eric
    from Freekmont,CA.

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