Good morning Jeep community! As we all know, we have begun doing lifts to our jeeps with great success. Whether it is the @HazzardSky
Budget Boost, or the MFC Off-Road version, we are all happy customers in the end.
One item essential to the safety and reliability of the suspension and driving components are our sway bar end links. From factory, they are to be level with the ground. Factory tolerances allow a 3 degrees of variation due to settling.
When you throw in the lift, it throws this tolerance out the window tremendously, resulting in a unadjustable positioning of the sway bar. This can be extremely dangerous when off-roading. What can happen is when flexing in the air the weight of the untouched tire can now pull down on the link and cause either a twist between the tire in the air and the opposite tire, or if both tires lift off the ground, the weight can cause the links to swing to a point where when the Jeep touches down, the force can either bend the links, bend the outer portion of the sway bar, or even worse, flip the sway bar to the opposite end of the spectrum that the end links can handle, and holding it there permanently under the vehicle load, while you have to limp back to fix it. All of these scenarios have been proven with just a 2" budget boost done to Wranglers that did not upgrade their endlinks. I have attached some pictures for reference.
So the solution would be to engineer an adjustable end link due to the varying lift heights available between the two lifts kits out there, coupled with the ability to disconnect at the strut for the fronts and the lower control arm for the rear, and provide a clip that will hold the end links to the sway bar/lower control arm.
MFC Offroad has developed such a product! These are made of stainless steel for rigidity, are stronger than the factory links due to the fact of the meat of the metal. Ours uses a 3/8" shank wheres the factory is 50% thinner. Also, these are not your typical pin and retaining clip dis-connectable sway bar end links. These are engineered to require no tools for disconnecting
THE BEST WAY WHEN OUT ON A TRAIL!
Currently, Wrangler disconnects range in price from $100 - $150 per pair. My solution to our platform specific product falls right in the ball park per pair as well. Pricing can get lower when I make large runs.
This thread is an informative thread only and not a purchase thread. The purchase thread will be created in the parts for sale sections and will also provide detailed instructions for install. Install is literally 5-10 minutes per side.
*** FYI *** Recently, a Jeep Renegade performed a flex on an RTI ramp with and without end links connected. Since they utilize IFS like ours, they gained an extra 18" of crawl when the end links were removed before the rear tire started to lift.
Please review the following photos and don't let this happen to your recently lifted vehicle!
AirLift Rear Air Suspension
7 Channel Kicker Speaker Upgrade
ARB Hidden Compressor
Vision X Lighting 10 Watt LED Fog Lights
HD Front, Interior & Rear Lukas Dash Cams
Rola Vortex Cargo Basket on Whispbars with Front/Rear LED Light Bars
40 MM Deyeme Racing Spacers
RRO Super Sliders, Front Bumper Bar & Brush Kit
Warn VR8000S Wireless Winch
Klustom Designs 1.5" Lift Kit
32" 255/75R17 BFGoodrich Mud Terrains