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JKS Quicker Disconnects - Installed

After having them sit round for a couple of months I finally got them put on.

These are JKS Quicker Disconnect model 2034, made to fit the '07-'13 JK Wrangler with 2.5" to 6" lift.

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Modifications

There were a few mods I had to work through.

First, the mounting holes on the strut and the sway bar have to be enlarged slightly to 1/2" to accept the mounting posts.




Second, the posts that mount to the sway bar had to have the threaded end shortened to avoid contact with the frame. I cut them to approximately .875.










Third, one of the pair of posts that mounts to the strut is conical on the end and has to be modded so that the top is flat like the other. These posts are the pair in the lower right corner of the first pic (no black bushing).

Additionally, since there is less room on the passenger side between the strut and the body, the sides of this post need to be rounded off so that you can work the disconnect on to the post. Even with this mod it will still take a bit of finesse to get the disconnect to slide on to the passenger side strut post.





There is slightly more room on the driver side, so the rounding wasn't necessary.



To set the length of the disconnect, I started with the center to center distance of the factory link, and adjusted it until I could get both links on and off easily.

I don't have many miles on them yet, but so far, I haven't noticed any difference on the street between the disconnects and the factory links.

I haven't had a chance to test it off-road yet, but plan to within the next week or so.

Update:
Now that I've used them out on the trail, I've found it helpful to taper the ends of the 4 click pins (pic below) used to secure the links to the posts.



Makes it a lot easier to re-insert them.

Last edited by Sandstone; 07-03-2013 at 03:29 PM. Reason: Added note about rounding ends of click pins
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Very nice writeup!

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Ive thought about doing something like this, or just taking the links out all together. But i wasn't sure if the sway bar would cause any problems just sitting there disconnected.
Are you going to tie the sway bar up, or just leave it as is?

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Very nice writeup!
Thanks, Creation. Hopefully that last mod to the strut post on the passenger side made sense. Wasn't quite sure how to word it.

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Ive thought about doing something like this, or just taking the links out all together. But i wasn't sure if the sway bar would cause any problems just sitting there disconnected.
Are you going to tie the sway bar up, or just leave it as is?
Yeah, I'll have to tie it out of the way or it'll just bang and bounce around.

Tie wraps will work, but I'm trying to come up with something a little easier, like a loop of old inner tube or something that I can bolt to the side of the wheel well and just pull it down and over the post when disconnected, then put the pin back in place to keep it from sliding off..
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Very cool mod!! I'm curious to see how much of a difference you notice on the trail

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Thanks!

I'm anxious to see how it will do. I have a test obstacle in mind and a video of it from a couple of months ago that I can use as a before/after comparison.
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I just bought these the other week, hadn't had a chance to install them yet. Didn't know what mods I would have to make other than opening the bolt holes. Glad to know I wasn't the only one thinking I could make these work. Great work!

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Excellent post! Mods, this deserves a place in the Knowledge Base.


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Excellent post! Mods, this deserves a place in the Knowledge Base.
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Thanks for the comments everyone.

We took it out over the weekend, though we didn't make it to the area that I had planned on.

These aren't the greatest pics, but you can (sort of) see the improved articulation. Much easier going over stuff like this. You don't need to have as much momentum as before , it just crawls up and over it. A lot smoother ride as well.

Now I need to do something with the back sway bar so the rear wheels don't lift.




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I've disconnected the rear sway bar links before and left them like that for a week of normal driving. Didn't notice any adverse effects. I would say you'd be safe to disconnect the rear before leaving to go wheeling, then disconnect the front once you get to the trail. At least that's my plan.

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How did you end up tying up the sway bar?

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How did you end up tying up the sway bar?
I just used zip ties. Disconnected the top of the links and tied them to the bar then tied the bar down. Can't remember the exact places.

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What about those velcro straps used to tying wires? They seem to have a lot of hold strength.



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Kudos on doing this!!!

I'd really like to see a comparison of the suspension at full flex connected vs disconnected.
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