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    Factory sway bar disconnect issue

    Hey guys,

    So I'm really new to my GQ patrol (only got it last week). I noticed that mine has the factory rear sway bar disconnecy. Today I was playing around with it, and once activated I noticed that the dash light would stay on once the handle was turned and released (it had not been on at all before I disconnected it for the first time). I tried disconnecting and reconnecting it a few times, but the light remained on.

    Finally, i got out and looked at the sway bar link physically, and I noticed that the sway bar is physically disconnected from the link. Is this supposed to happen? Or is it supposed to be still connected while stretching further? You'll have to forgive my ignorance, I'm still very new to car mechanics.

    I've attached a picture of the sway bar link.

    Regards,
    Christian.

    Edit: sorry if this is the wrong section, I didn't think to put it in drivetrain and suspension.
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    Hey mate yeah once you disengage the lever the light will stay on until you have enough flex for the sway bar to connect again.

    Go for a drive and take some corners or mount a kerb or something and you'll hear it engage and light should come off.


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    Oh just saw your pic...that's no good


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    Hey AB, thanks for the quick response.

    Is there a specific bolt that should be in there? Or do I need to replace the whole sway bar link?

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    Factory sway bar disconnect issue

    Someone has just taken the bolt out mate.





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    I just checked the inside of the sway bar release and it's kind of just hollowed out inside. Do you happen to know how the bolt is supposed to be fastened inside it?

    Is it safe to drive normally with it disconnected? Will the car just bodyroll a bit more around corners?

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    I don't know the answer to that mate, hopefully someone else can jump in here, if not ring Patrolapart on Monday and ask them about it and the correct bolt/fitting to sort it.

    In regards to is it safe to drive. Can't answer that either but yes you'll have more body roll and plenty of people drive there's daily with no front and rear sway bars.

    The back is much more noticeable for boat sway action though.

    I personally have no front sway bar and still keep the rear disconnect mechanism like yours to take off when off-road.

    Definitely get it fixed though as on road handling is million times better!


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    Quote Originally Posted by 82588 View Post
    Is it safe to drive normally with it disconnected? Will the car just bodyroll a bit more around corners?
    Safe enough just don't drive it hard around corners or break suddenly. I drove my GQ with a 4inch suspension lift and 2 inch body lift with front and rear sway bars disconnected and drove hard enough around and never had a problem.

    But get it sorted as its illegal
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    Quote Originally Posted by NissanGQ4.2 View Post
    Safe enough just don't drive it hard around corners or break suddenly. I drove my GQ with a 4inch suspension lift and 2 inch body lift with front and rear sway bars disconnected and drove hard enough around and never had a problem.

    But get it sorted as its illegal
    I've heard guys purposely removing it to 'sway' the body during quick turns to make it look 'cool'!
    Sway bar is there for stability, isn't it?
    So, how does it help with cornering or quick 'steering jerks' at relatively high speed?
    It would make the vehicle more unstable & prone to roll overs, won't it?

    No argument it helps with off road stuff.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 82588 View Post
    Hey guys,

    So I'm really new to my GQ patrol (only got it last week). I noticed that mine has the factory rear sway bar disconnecy. Today I was playing around with it, and once activated I noticed that the dash light would stay on once the handle was turned and released (it had not been on at all before I disconnected it for the first time). I tried disconnecting and reconnecting it a few times, but the light remained on.

    Finally, i got out and looked at the sway bar link physically, and I noticed that the sway bar is physically disconnected from the link. Is this supposed to happen? Or is it supposed to be still connected while stretching further? You'll have to forgive my ignorance, I'm still very new to car mechanics.

    I've attached a picture of the sway bar link.

    Regards,
    Christian.

    Edit: sorry if this is the wrong section, I didn't think to put it in drivetrain and suspension.
    I would say the guy who sold it forgot to give you the bolt & nut.
    Or it may be somewhere inside the back of the vehicle.
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