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TRD Rear Sway Bar?

I'm curious about the sway bar. I've been reading some reviews, which state there are no adverse handling effects, and that it only benefits the truck.

I'm used to mods being give-and-take. You give a little to get something more out of it.

Does the TRD rear sway bar really just benefit handling, without adversely affecting anythign else? Ride quality??? Tow ratings??? Off-road capability?


Also, is it a self-installed item?
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DISCLAIMER: I do not have the rear sway bar

STATEMENT: The sway bar cannot help off-road performance and normally a sway bar hinders it.



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DISCLAIMER: I do not have the rear sway bar

STATEMENT: The sway bar cannot help off-road performance and normally a sway bar hinders it.
Silly question I asked... especially being a jeep owner who always disconnected the sway bar when off roading...


This tundra is going to be a road queen anyways, but I was trying to figure out if there are ANY downsides to the sway bar. Every review I've read so far praises it, but I have a hard time understanding if it's so good, why doesn't it get added from the factory????
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i have one had it sense last christmas and have put 17000 miles on it not problem and its been through every terrain except deep mud and snow and no problems i have heard about people getting creaks and squeaks out of it but thats usually thanks to poor installation and if you pay someone to install it for you they are screwing you it only takes 20 mins with 2 ppl and a six pack, torque wrench and 22mm socket and a 19mm socket i love mine it will hinder your off road performance but it will do fine on the beach or land or anywhere off the beaten path it will actually help your truck handle better under a load will keep it from tipping side to side if you get one i highly recommend tundrastop.com or toyotapartspeople.com that is the cheapest i found hope it helps mayne


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i have one on my truck, if you are on tundrasolutions everyone loves it..
you can feel the difference(less body roll) .. and yes you can install it yourself
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Love mine and very easy to install. Doesn't affect the truck in a bad way at all.



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18k+ miles with one and no problems. Greatly enhances stability and all but eliminates body roll.
You'd think it would come with the tow package as a standard item but it seems like the marketing people had a vote.
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Installed mine about a month ago and love it. Made a very noticeable improvement in handling. About the only negative I could see (besides hindering offroad ability) would be increased rear tire wear if you consistently drive aggressively. Even if that's the case, it's still worth it imho.

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Does it interfere with other accessories?


The bed step? TRD exhaust?
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Does it interfere with other accessories?


The bed step? TRD exhaust?
It will interfere with aftermarket hitches. That's all I know of. Also usually it's front sway bars that greatly reduce off-roading capabilities, but I guess you'd need more articulation in the rear as well.

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I had a TRD sway bar on my RCSB 2-wheel drive before I bought it so I did not realize any change however, it did take some additional spacers/washers to re-install when I added a heavy duty trailer receiver. When I lowered my truck it did not fit at all so I sold it. Now I removed the lowering kit and went back to stock suspension with the exception of air shocks in the rear. Kinda of like to have the sway bar back on. It would obviously prevent excessive sway in the rear. After all, they're on the front for a reason!
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I've got one. It installed in about 30 min in my drive way and it was no problem at all to do. I didnt notice any change in my neighborhood and was getting pissy about dropping $230 on something I felt no change in. Then I got out on the road and hit some curves and really noticed the truck staying flat and not pitching and rolling.

Oh, and I've got the TRD exhaust and it doesnt mess with it. I dont have a bed step but I really doubt it would even get close to it.

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What about when the truck is empty and you aren't towing anything. Is the ride worse then?



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Nah. I dont notice any change in the "ride", just the handling.

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with bed empty it will just help your handling it wont change the ride i dont have bed bounce though it may have helped? and i have a class 4 hitch on my sport and it doesnt come near the sway bar and depending on if or where you dual it out the back it may come close to the bars that connect the sway bar to the frame but an easy fix for that is do a custom exhaust the trd exhaust will fit it says so in the instructions of the sway bar and some hitches wont fit that will depend on the brands of hitches you look at also a custom exhaust will be a hell of a lot cheaper than a kit would be and it will only be limited to your imagination


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