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Old 06-29-2005, 02:10 PM   #1
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trackbars/panhard bars

i guess i can see haviong one in the front, but the one in the rear.....WTF? i dont see where its doing much. what are the disadvantages to dumping it off? seems like it would free up some flex....

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It keeps your rear axle from sliding side to side under your truck, which would result in some not so fun rear steer. If you do a triangulated link system in the rear, you can remove the track bar altogether because the links locate the axle side to side as well as back and forth.

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Since you are rolling a YJ you don't need the rear trac bar at all. It does you no good back there since your leafs are locating the axle. You also don't need the sway bars. Of course if you do a lot of road driving on it you might like the feeling of the sway bar in the front.
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Yeah, sorry, didn't see the "1990 Wrangler" below your post... :o Guess I am just a little slow today. I ran a 1991 YJ, SOA, without sway bars or track bars in the back with no adverse effects.
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Old 06-30-2005, 07:44 AM   #5
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the sway bar is already removed .

ok, so ill yank the trackbar in the rear. how bout the front? will the leaves hold the axle in place (side to side) under the force of steering without the trackbar? this jeep does see a fair amount of highway driving......

seems like the front one would be needed more than the rear...but....
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Depends how you drive. I have heard from people that it is very dangerous and never to do that, but I ran my SOA YJ for 2 years with no track bars and no sway bars... And yes, it was my DD. I put about 35,000 miles on it in 2 years that way... BFG M/T's wear pretty well for a mud tire! You WILL get more body roll, and your steering will more than likely be a little more vague, but you get used to it. I wouldn't let anyone else drive my truck on the highway like that though. I also had the "better to run into it with the brakes locked up than try to swerve around it" attitude to avoid any emergencies. (4 wheel discs saved someone else more than once.)
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Hmmm, for a DD I would say to leave the front trac bar on there. Like many other say and I have seen myself. You can drive a YJ with no trac bars at all. But since you are putting most of your miles on the street might as well leave that one on.
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cool. thats kinda what i figured. im hoping to pull off the rear one this weekend.
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will doing this "soften " the ride ? cause mine rides like a brick and im runnig 4" rough country lift and 31s
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will doing this "soften " the ride ? cause mine rides like a brick and im runnig 4" rough country lift and 31s
On a leaf sprung vehicle lift springs make for a harsher ride. The removal of the trac bars and sway bars allow for greater axle articulation thru the suspension cyle. Since you have the leaf springs to locate the lateral movement of the axles you don't need the trac bars like the TJ's do.

You can try to get some softer springs to help the ride a bit. But other than that most guys when they start going to more lift on a YJ will spring over the axle with less lift springs to help gain lift and ride quality.
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i've heard of people pulling both trackbar off yj's and cj's with no ill effects. the only thing to really keep an eye on is the leaf spring bolts. i'm talking about the u-bolts as well as the shackles and eyes. without the trackbars the leaf springs will be pulling double duty as suspension and torsion bars. other than that you'll be fine.

coil springs are a whole different animal. only triangulated setups can ditch the trackbar.
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