|Author: Andrew Zook December 1999||
|These totally stainless disconnects almost qualify as a work of art!|
I encountered drivability problems on the highway with my '84 extra cab after installing soft springs and removing the anti-sway bar. Every time it was windy, or when I passed a tractor trailer, my truck would become so hard to control it was scary to drive. The event that really sticks out in my mind is when I made a 5 hour trip to do some wheeling. The wind was particularly bad that morning and it was a constant struggle to keep the truck on the road!
I needed something to help keep the body roll under control so that the truck was nicer to drive. I really needed to re-install the swaybar, but I did not want the hassle of unbolting it every time that I was going to take the truck off road. I had heard good things about Persson Off-Road System's swaybar disconnects and decided to order a set so that I could install my swaybar and regain some of the highway driving manners that my truck had lost due to suspension modifications.
Upon recieving the disconnects, I was very pleased with the quality. These things are BEEFY, made entirely of solid stainless, and include a full set of Energy Suspension poly bushings. Being somewhat of a machinist myself I had initially considered making my own. I calculated the cost of the stainless, the bushings, and other hardware and found it to be close enough to the cost of the Persson disconnects that it was definately worth my while to order a set.
The installation of the disconnects was a breeze. I did not have the swaybar installed, so I had to install the swaybar and the disconnects. I finished installing everything within 20 minutes. The only problem that I encountered was that I could not get the bolts started which hold the swaybar on to the frame of the truck. This was actually my fault because I lost the factory bolts in my ever growing "bolt bucket". The ones that I used were shorter than the original bolts, and with the new poly bushing installed I could not get the bracket close enough to the frame to start the bolts.
Although I have my front axle relocated forward 1.5", I was still able to mount the swaybar and the disconnects. Because the axle is forward the disconnects are at a small angle. They are a little more difficult to re-connect than if they had been straight, but they are still a breeze to remove and install.
I immediately noticed a VAST improvement in the handling of my truck! Having the swaybar installed and connected is not only noticable on twisty back roads, but makes a huge difference at highway speeds. No longer do I have to fight for control when passing a tractor trailer on the highway!
For those with stock suspensions, these disconnects will allow you to keep your stock ride while on the road while allowing you the maximum available suspension travel while off road.
Persson Off-Road offers disconnects for the following applications:
Each set of disconnects is custom made to account for the amount of lift that you have on your truck.
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