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TRD sway bar?

Discussion in '3rd Gen Tundras (2014+)' started by CH1NO, Apr 2, 2020.

  1. Apr 2, 2020 at 10:27 PM
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    CH1NO

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    Should I leave my truck with the front stock sway bar?.... Or maybe just add the front TRD sway bar or both front and back? Does it really make a difference???

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  2. Apr 2, 2020 at 11:52 PM
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    xtyfighterx

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    The back certainly helps. I don’t think adding the trd front would make much Difference from stock it’s just a little bigger diameter and red
     
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  3. Apr 3, 2020 at 3:22 AM
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    mech_engineer09

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    I did both at the same time, so I can't tell you how much of a difference each one makes individually, but the front trd sway bar is a sold piece of steel compared to a tube for the stock one. Weight difference is 15lbs stock vs ~ 30 lbs trd. So, I would say the front also helps and I know I could tell a difference in the amount of roll the first turn I took after installing them. Overall I feel like both are worth puttingo on.

    I would do it now if you're going to do it with a newer truck because with the front sway bar, you only get the trd bar and have to reuse all the existing hardware. It was easy with mine since it was brand new, but when we went to do my dads 2016, it was a PITA getting the sway bar end links off since they were rusted. After about 45 minutes of everything we could think of to get them off, they finally did. We were both relieved because the cost of 1 end link is almost the price of the sway bar, which seems ridiculous to me.
     
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  4. Apr 3, 2020 at 4:01 AM
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    LT75

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    If you take it off-road leave the rear off. For highway driving, hauling and towing It is a big help.
     
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  5. Apr 3, 2020 at 4:33 AM
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    Rex Kramer

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    The rear bar is what I consider a must have item, and Hellwig makes a rear bar that is beefier than the TRD bar.
     
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  6. Apr 3, 2020 at 4:37 AM
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    I have an are cap and decked drawers, so I have a lot of weight in the bed and I think the rear helps. I don’t roll much when going around curves. Got the front too during the 40% sale but can’t say I saw a difference. I wouldn’t have done the front if it wasnt for that sale.
     
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  7. Apr 3, 2020 at 4:40 AM
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    The rear makes a big difference but not sure about the front. I put the Hellwig on the rear of mine.
     
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  8. Apr 3, 2020 at 5:08 AM
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    I installed the rear one first and immediately noticed a difference. I later installed the front one and noticed a slight difference.
     
  9. Apr 3, 2020 at 7:25 AM
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    The rear for sure is a difference but the front I dont think is to much of a difference.
     
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  10. Apr 3, 2020 at 11:20 PM
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    Thanks everyone for the info, gonna pull the trigger on this mod once I find a good deal on it.
     
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    one of my next mods! Rear Trd sway bar
     
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  12. Apr 4, 2020 at 3:57 AM
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    Netmonkey

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    that rear sway bar is a huge improvement with on-road handling. you really notice it with freeway speed lane changes. there is far less body roll all around. do it :)
     
  13. Apr 4, 2020 at 5:24 AM
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    Sway bar links: It really helps if you have a set of Oxygen/Acetylene torches. Vice grips on the boot side, yes they will fit in there. You are trying to grab the nut lange on that side so it does not spin. Heat the nut up red hot, and remove with ease. Removing the rubber boot is a plus because it can get stinky. Do this in a well ventilated area. Of course if all else fails, you can just cut the nut off. Cutting with torches is awesome, but takes some practice. I could cut the nut off the sway bar and you would never know I had a torch do it........yea I'm that good. A tube sway bar, that's new to me, must investigate.....never heard of such a thing. Did Toyota go cheap on me?
     
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  14. Jun 27, 2020 at 4:09 AM
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    If you do, post it up. I want to do the same thing
     
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    I paid $214.57 shipped to my door from BAM wholesale last month. Was cheaper than Sparks by a few bucks. Google for the active BAM shipping coupon too. Did regular shipping but arrived in 4 days.
     
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    I got the Sport model so it came with front and rear sway bars. I helped a friend move and he had a 16 SR5 and it didn't have sway bars in the front or the rear. Going from mine with sway bars to driving his without (and a load in the back), big difference. At first i thought it was just because it was an older truck (mine only has 16K miles on it), but I realized it was the lack of sway bars.

    Off road, I like the articulation freedom of no sway bars, but I rarely get into that serious of off roading any more. And, when I do, it is in the FJ.
     
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    IMO both made a nice improvement in handling.
     
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    Love the sway bar! One of my favorite mods. I even matched the sway bar angle when I built my bumper.

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    I put the rear TRD way bar on my 2nd gen and noticed a huge improvement. I would recommend starting with the rear, then adding the front if you think you need it. For a couple hundred bucks I would highly recommend the TRD rear sway bar.
     
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    I'm on road 99% of the time and coming from my TA 392 Challenger, the body roll is super noticeable. I've been heavily considering adding/upgrading bars.
     
  21. Jun 29, 2020 at 6:45 AM
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    The front stock sway bar is very light and tubular. The the front TRD sway bar is a hunk of heavy solid steel. I can't see how it can't improve in handling.
     
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    I love mine on my TRD Sport, I drive it like I stole i around on-ramps and off-ramps! LOL

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    Don't knock on it until you have it LOL.
     
  24. Jun 29, 2020 at 7:15 AM
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    Not knocking it. I have TRD swaybars on the front and back and I think there is nice improvement in handling.
     
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    How difficult is it to install the sway bars? Thank you
     
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    One of the better install videos out there.

    https://youtu.be/cZdVjObkTLs
     
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    I did both front and rear at the same time along with airbags and 5100 when it was only 500 miles on the clock. Compared with no sway bar, it's a big improvement.
     
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    AircoolerKirk

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    The rear was crazy easy. I did it in nearly no time. But my hardware wasnt rusted or corroded. I second the vote of installing the rear and seeing whats what. I doubt ill install the front one. I haul/tow a lot and i can tell the difference.


    I used my battery powered impact, but you could do it with hand tools.

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    The instructions note that if you have the OEM hitch that you're supposed to skip the washer against the frame where the top link attaches. Not sure how much difference it makes, but I thought I'd mention it.
     
  30. Jun 29, 2020 at 10:37 PM
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    I did rear a few years back and was happy with the results.
    Did the front last month and could tell right away the ride was a little stiffer and the recovery on a big dips on the freeway was faster while towing my 27' travel trailer. very happy with the results.
     
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