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post #1 of 15 Old 07-06-2010, 05:40 PM Thread Starter
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front Sway Bar rubbing against frame

I have an 09 Jeep Rubicon unlimited with a the basic 3.5" Rock Krawler lift.

I noticed that the front sway bar is rubbing against the frame on both sides because I can see the bare metal on the steel tubes (part of the frame) that stick out of frame just a little on each side. One side has rubbed more than the other. You can see it when looking into the fender well just in front of the tire. I can upload some pics if needed.

It looks like the rubbing is occurring during flex, because when the jeep is sitting, the swaybar is lower than the rubbed area. Is this normal?

I was thinking of grinding the tubes down closer to the frame to prevent the rubbing?
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Post some pics dude. Unless I'm drunk or you've got something severely out of whack, I am not picturing how the sway bar could rub on the frame.

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Mine does it too, been doing it forever

under flex the arms will rub on the tube
my axle isnt centered - need an adjustable track bar, but its not off too far


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Take a sander to the tubes on the frame that the sway bar is rubbing on and paint it!

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sway bar should be centered regardless what else you've done to it. Just have to whack it into submission really. (dead blow)

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Pic attached. It actually rubs both sides, so I figured it was centered and only hitting during flex?
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Your links are too long. Swaybar should be parallel to the ground on a level surface.


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I was thinking the same thing RODICON! Simple fix, since it actually rubs on both sides just a little.
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Could be worse, mine hits the pitman arm at the TRE when at full lock left. Stock boots, 3" lift and 2" sway bar lowering blocks.

I'd just rub some bacon on it for smooth sliding.

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Your links are too long. Swaybar should be parallel to the ground on a level surface.

what he said!


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I have the RK 3.5 and noticed the provided sway bar linkages are too long for the kit. I cut mine down so the sway bar is parallel to the frame, not pointing up towards, and next to the frame. I screwed up one of them. I ordered SS treaded rod from McMaster and completed the mod in about ten minutes.

Notice in the picture the swaybar is parallel to the frame. These are the stock linkages. The modified kit linkages are not installed yet. There is a little rubbing were the tube thing is in the frame. It is not bad at all and only seems to happen at full compression.

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Mine rubbed too. A 5 minute job with a sawzall or grinder to cut off a little of that bar/pipe coming through the frame. Spray with satin black afterwards and you'll never notice it was trimmed.

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Ditto. Mine did that stock. Just grind the tube away with an angle grinder as suggested, problem gone.

FWIW, I've had to run my front sway bar angled up that way due to interference between the end of the sway bar and the offset upper seating coil on Teraflex's 4" front springs. No issues, it works fine. Ideally you want them horizontal, but within reason, say <= 10 degrees, they're fine.
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Most kits I've seen supply new links for the rear and have you bring the sock rear links to the front.

Could this be why some people think thier front links are too long?


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^^^ My kit came with front and rear. I believe they just use one size for both 3.5 and 5.5 kits. Not a big deal to mod them for a better fit.

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