Addco Sway Bars for the Jeep WJ
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By: Anton Cabellon - 2/2001

A comparison of the stock front bar, and the much heavier Addco unit.

photo by: Anton Cabellon

The original rear anti-sway bar still in place.

Photo by: Anton Cabellon

Everyone has different preferences in the way their vehicle rides.  Some prefer the soft ride of a boulevard cruiser, while others enjoy the sportier, firm ride of a sports car.  The WJ, in its stock form, has a fairly soft ride.  Being from the sports car crowd myself, I was disappointed in how the WJ leaned into corners and how unresponsive and mushy the WJ felt in emergency lane shifts.  Cross winds on the highway used to toss the WJ from side to side in a way that was a bit unsettling.  So, what to do?  I ordered some beefy sway bars from Addco.  



 

New rear Addco unit installed.

Photo by: Anton Cabellon

The rear bar is also a much heftier unit than the OEM.

Photo by: Anton Cabellon

Addco has a 1 1/8" bar for the front and two available sizes for the rear, 7/8" and 1".  I purchased the front sway bar  and the 1" sway bar  for the rear.  The sway bars came with the appropriate mounting brackets and bushings. Installation is a snap and is basically a bolt on process.  For added performance, I substituted the bushings that came with the Addco sway bars with Energy Suspension polyurethane greasable bushings.  These bushings are superior in that they are more firm than the stock rubber bushings.  These firm bushings allow the sway bar to respond better to lateral forces imposed on the sway bar. The zerk fittings on the mounting brackets allow for easy greasing of the bushings.  The Addco sway bars combined with the Energy Suspension bushings firmed up the ride quite  a bit.  Emergency lane changes are more responsive, cross winds aren't a bother anymore, and the WJ corners like it's on rails (well, not as good as a Ferrari).  

In conclusion, the combination of the Addco sway bars and Energy Suspension bushings, is a great way of improving the handling and performance of your WJ.

 
Contacts: Related Links:
  • Nick Ianuzza
    Multitronics
    7070 N 59th Place
    Paradise Valley, AZ 85253 U.S.A.
    Phone(480) 998-36615
    e-mail:Kolak@aol.com.
  • Addco Manufacturing Company, Inc.
    1596 Linville Falls Hwy.
    Linville, NC 28646
    Sales: 800-338-7015
    email:Sales@Addco.net.


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