The Case for Manual Sway Bar Disconnects (even when you have electronic) [Video]

It’s been over a month since we returned home from Moab, and we finally managed to edit our last video from the trip.

While we were priding ourselves on not breaking anything on Fins n’ Things, Hells Revenge or Poison Spider, we almost broke our streak on the fourth and final trail: Steel Bender. (Fitting name, right?)

Since we have a Rubicon, we can disconnect our sway bar electronically…and that’s how we’ve done it since we got the Jeep. When our Rock Krawler manual sway bar end links were installed, we assumed we didn’t need them and continued to disconnect electronically. And then we ran Steel Bender…

On one exceptionally long waterfall, we overextended and bent the entire sway bar out of place. Luckily, we were able to disconnect our end links and continue the trail without issue. The experience was a lesson in the benefit of taking the time to disconnect manually (especially on the hard trails).

Now, we don’t have to worry about breaking our stock sway bar (at least not yet). We also get better articulation when we use the manual disconnects.

Watch the whole experience on our latest YouTube video:

Fellow Rubicon owners with aftermarket lifts: do you also disconnect manually? Or are you using the electronic disconnect?

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