Originally Posted by myfirstcherokee
So after checking out a very intriguing video from Top Gear, Season 20, Episode 6, we see that with Range Rover, they have IFS on their flagship SUV. On top of this, they have the ability to disconnect their sway bars electronically as well to give better articulation. This is the same process of the end links. So coming from an engineers thought process of a $100,000 SUV, disconnecting the links from the sway bar must be beneficial on an IFS platform
As I posted earlier there is absolutely a benefit from having the swaybar disconnected, I won't be taking my swaybars off yet.
On the Jeep Patriot board one member modified JK quick remove swaybar links to work on a patriot. He measured the angles and found there were 1 degree away from being out of factory tolerances. Regardless of whether they were out of factory tolerances or not on that platform the CV's got eaten alive. That's the only reason I have concern with doing this on this platform.
Comparing CV axles though, it appears the Cherokee has pretty robust CV's compared to my old Compass
Bigger is better right
One other thing to note. On my Compass, when the front swaybar was disconnected I had binding on the strut on the driver's side and binding on the lower control arm on the passenger side, whenever either side was at full drop.
This may have been because the CV axles were different sizes on each side, not sure if the Cherokee is like that.
The rear swaybar was unable to be disconnected on my Compass because the actual swaybar would bind on the rear axles. The only way to fix the problem was cut the swaybar out and you couldn't just remove it without dropping the rear diff. The Cherokee design in the rear doesn't have this problem.
Either way I know I'm not comparing apples to oranges but there may be clearance issues if the swaybar is disconnected. I know on my Compass there is no way Jeep would have ever thought someone would run them with the swaybar disconnected and its quite possible on the KL platform there might be issues.
Can't wait to see someone else sacrifice their KL for the community. I wrecked my previous Compass doing the same