So I went out to my spot this weekend. I aired down my tires and disconnected the front sway bar and man did it make a huge difference. I was going 30 mph down these dirt roads and it was great. Thanks for the advice everyone! That anti rock kit looks really attractive, I may see one in the future. Thanks again guys!
I had a similar experience; when I first got my LJ I was so excited to hit the mountain roads but I had to go so sloooowwww to keep the ride tolerable. I knew something was wrong when a 90's Ford Ranger passed me.
I later learned the things mentioned in this thread and was very satisfied with airing down (~15psi) and getting the JKS quick-disconnects.
Once or twice I've accidentally forgotten to reconnect the sway bar and driven ~80 miles on the interstate; there were no problems with instability or excessive body roll.
15 psi seems to work on the highway just fine, if you don't have time to air up.
you don't necessarily need hard-wired on-board air to air down/up; a nice compact compressor that connects directly to the battery will do.
I air down to 15 psi or so when I am driving rough roads. I leave it at that pressure when I go back on pavement unless I am going a long distance. Is there any harm done by doing this other than making the gas mileage worse? It doesn’t seem to have affected tread wear.
Are there any concerns, safety wise in disconnecting the sway bars?
Anyone just install clevis pins in place of the bolts?
If you run at speed with less air pressure than the minimum required to support the load yes you will damage the sidewalls as they flex and get hot. The damage is cumulative over time and could lead to sudden failure. Air up when you hit the pavement. Also look up the load and inflation tables for your tires and see what the minimum pressure is for your weight.
I don't see why disconnecting would help to smooth out a rough ride.
BFG does not specify minimum pressure is for weight for my tires. It only says 80 PSI max for 3417 lbs max weight. My weight is about 4500 lbs, so if this is linear (which I am quite sure it is not) then the minimum pressure would be 26 psi. I run at 10 psi less than that and the tires do not seem to get hot at all. Maybe I’ll start checking them with an infared sensor.