FJ Cruisers of Northern California
Is it worth the time to do it? If so would a detachable bar be worth biulding/buying??? I wan't more travel in my front end but I dont want to rip out my boots or damage something else. What do you guys think??
Running a 3" oem lift on 18" wheels and 33" tires
depends on the types of trails you plan on running. i disconnected on tougher trails...you do notice a difference, but i would recommend limit straps to prevent damage if you wheel frequently.
After all the years biulding baja rigs and I didnt even think of the limit straps.. lol I must need a vacation.
I have been comptemplating the same thing. I will take mines off this weekend when I run slick rock and see if it is worth the hassle. I have done the trail recently with the sway bar on, so should get a good idea.
I've been rolling without a swaybar (daily) since I bought the FJ 2 years ago . It's a little "all over the lane", but I manage to stay between the lines. Running 6" PC lift on 35" Maybe I should look into limit straps... This FJ seem to have more travel than my last FJ with the RC 6" with 35s..
I've been running without a sway since the last Hollister trip in April. I'm running ICON all around. The truck seems to have more flex than before and it stays much more level when flexing than with the sway bar. It's also smoother on road, though at the expense of a little cornering stability. But TBH, I drive pretty slow anyways, so it's never a big deal to me.
how much more flex would you say double?? in the front
Removing the sway bar allows the wheels to move independently, so yes, you'll get more flex, but there are other advantages.
With the sway bar, I could get close to full flex, but the sway bar was binding the two wheels together, so when one wheel would flex, the other wouldn't move much, occasionally lifting off the ground and thus lifting the body drastically. With the sway bar out, the truck feels much more stable and more level when flexing. The wheels are now allowed to move independently, one moving to full stuff and the other moving to full droop.
But I can't recommend it for everyone, since it does effect driving conditions greatly. If you like to drive fast and corner decently hard, the car will feel like it wants to tip over. I drive pretty slow so it isn't an issue, but it's worth trying out and deciding for yourself. It's pretty easy to take out if you wanted to keep it on for the road and remove it for wheeling.
Yup, I would just take it off before a trail run. I would not DD with it, just for the fact that my wife drives it too.
The disconnects are NLA at the moment.
The increase in travel I measured disconnected is 33% increase in uptravel and 10% down travel.
measurements were made with icon standard coilovers and camburg uca's.
With extended legnth icons I have too much down travel for the inner axle joint's to handle and had to add limiting straps to prevent binding.
Is it woth it ? Absolutely the ifs is limited and needs as much additional travel as possible.
So no chance on these ever returning to production? It's too bad as they are a fantastic idea. I've been looking around for something like this for a while, but don't have the skills or the shop to fabricate one myself