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#1 Old 05-23-2012, 06:23 PM
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Hey Guys,

Replacing my shocks and notice my rear sway bar is broken. Really don't know for now long.

Question is....replace it, or just remove it? Thoughts?

I saw a thread on Gen 1s that said just remove it. Same for 2nd Gens?

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If you do any towing you should keep it on, if not leave it off. I have 2 of them if you want to replace it.

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The 2nd Gen X bar doesn't whack the passenger side rear shock as it does on the 1st gen X's...so its less of a safety priority.

It DOES hinder rear wheel travel, and doesn't seem to do much to prevent body roll, etc...so many remove it.

Some people who tow with the 2nd Gen say its better with the rear bar, but some say its the same towing w/o it...

So to me a realistic compromise mirrors what Tom said...if towing - put it on, if not, leave it off.

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Hmm...i was hoping it was going to be the "take it off..it makes no difference". I occaisionally tow a rockwood tent trailer. Like I said, I have no idea how long it's been broken. Probably since my antelope hunt 2 years ago (what a rocky hell hole that was...).

I figure I tow the trailer about 4 times year, but go hunting many more times than that.
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Well, I suppose it's what kind of hunting you do, sounds to me like off road kind of stuff. If you think it broke on one of those adventures, I'd say leave it off!!

How much does your loaded trailer weigh and what's the typical drive distance might be other things to consider.

A big part of the reason I just bought my '05 X is for hunting, only an annual elk trip but still, it can be pretty hairy. We have an old pop-up camper that'll be towed by the X for family camping, but I'm inclined to lose the rear sway all the same. Threads like this push me in that direction, which is good because at least there's opinions out there to . . .


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I think I'll remove the pieces and see how the trailer tows. I hunt locally quite a bit (blacktail deer), so I'm not using the trailer that much. I don't think the pop trailer weighs that much...under 3000lb I'm sure.

What potentially would be bad about the towing performance?
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Hmm...i was hoping it was going to be the "take it off..it makes no difference". I occaisionally tow a rockwood tent trailer. Like I said, I have no idea how long it's been broken. Probably since my antelope hunt 2 years ago (what a rocky hell hole that was...).

I figure I tow the trailer about 4 times year, but go hunting many more times than that.
I think you answered you own question.

If you could tell it wasn't there for two years...it probably was not making enough of a difference to notice.


IE: IF it HAD made a difference, you would have noticed the difference in DRIVING, and not when under there any way to look at the shocks.


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