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Old 12-06-2013, 06:23 PM   #1
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Adjustable Trackbar needed

After dropping a small fortune on my wheels, tires and lift... I see I need more
I have a 2013 JK 2dr Rubicon

I put on an AEV 2.5 lift w/ geo brackets. My axle is, of course, off center.

What adj. trackbar should I get? Teraflex is a beefy bar, but why do they use a different method of tightening after adjustment? What about MetalCloak? JKS? Something else?

Is one better then the other? I know opinions are like a$$holes, everyones got one.

While I'm under there replacing the trackbar, anything else I should considder? I think I'll add the Northridge bolt kit. yea I know, should have done it with the lift.

Will I need a new alignment after replacing the trackbar?

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Old 12-06-2013, 07:18 PM   #2
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Teraflex like synergy allows easy adjustment on the jeep. TF is very much like your factory drag link the way it adjusts. I love my TF due to how strong it's made and ease of install.

You will need to recenter your steering wheel after centering the axle. Very easy to do yourself IMO.

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Old 12-06-2013, 07:30 PM   #3
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an alignment never hurts, but it's not necessary.

I've replaced 80% of suspension components on mine, no vibes, and I've never taken it in for an alignment. then again, I'm anal about measuring and measuring again. So I guess I'm not EXACT, but close enough

I have jks trackbars, but if I had to do it again I would go with the teraflex monster TB fwiw
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Old 12-06-2013, 07:36 PM   #4
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I've got the same Jeep and lift as you....I went with the TeraFlex bar and love it. It's super beefy!!
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What ever TB is chosen, look into raising the roll center. Might benefit going with AEV's rear set up.
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What ever TB is chosen, look into raising the roll center. Might benefit going with AEV's rear set up.
This applies only to the rear unless running a flipped drag link or drop pitman arm.
AEV's tower is nice but uses a stock like track bar.
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Old 12-07-2013, 02:10 PM   #9
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What ever TB is chosen, look into raising the roll center. Might benefit going with AEV's rear set up.
The AEV 2.5 dualsportlift I have has a rear track bar tower and new rear trackbar. I assume that is what you are talking about.


Anyway, I'll add a TeraFlex Monster Trackbar to my xmas list. Something tells me I'll be ordering it myself.
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The AEV 2.5 dualsportlift I have has a rear track bar tower and new rear trackbar. I assume that is what you are talking about. Anyway, I'll add a TeraFlex Monster Trackbar to my xmas list. Something tells me I'll be ordering it myself.
You assumed correctly.
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The AEV 2.5 dualsportlift I have has a rear track bar tower and new rear trackbar. I assume that is what you are talking about. Anyway, I'll add a TeraFlex Monster Trackbar to my xmas list. Something tells me I'll be ordering it myself.
Yea, raising the TB at the axle returns roll center back to stock. I believe AEV raises the rear 5"-6" in their 3.5" kit for better handling.

The front can not be raised without raising or lowering the drag link. The geometry needs to stay the same between the two bars or you will get bumpsteer.
Raising both the TB and flipping the drag link is known as a Highsteer kit. Not typically done at lower lift heights because of the extra bump stop that's needed to prevent interferences. 3" Plus is where you want to be if running a Highsteer,

With that being said .. You will love the TF track bar. Very strong easy to install and adjust. Use the top of the coil tower to grab the tape measure. Measure a common point on each tire. Some tires have a mold line, or use a tread block. I found this to be the easiest way to center the front axle.

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I just installed my AEV 2.5 lift along with geo brackets and a JKS track bar last week. The JKS is beefy, but in most cases you will have to take it off the vehicle to adjust it and lock the jam nut. Getting the jam nut locked down while keeping both ends of the bar properly aligned so the bushings didn't bind was nothing short of a pain in the a$$. If I had it to do over again I would go with the Teraflex or Synergy bar due to them being so much easier to adjust and lock down. Getting the axle centered was actually very easy. As mentioned above, I just had to measure and remeasure a few times to get it centered.

No alignment was necessary. The steering wheel did need to be recentered, but that was super easy. Just loosen up the draglink adjuster and give it one full turn clockwise and you should be very close to center.
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I just installed my AEV 2.5 lift along with geo brackets and a JKS track bar last week.
Installed the same kit as well as a JKS front Track Bar as well. I didn't have the bushing alignment issue you had when tightening the jam nut. I just set it for length, placed it between the ears at each end and slipped the bolts through, lowered the front axle, and was able to fit a monster wrench in to tighten. Raised to ride height and torqued bushings.





My steering wheel took two CW turns (when viewed from driver side) to center.

Not liking AEV's sway bar brackets though. Off centers the links and they can catch the hardware on the tie rod. Note - I had to cut the corner off of the driver side bracket. Better check your brackets for clearance too...

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Teraflex like synergy allows easy adjustment on the jeep. TF is very much like your factory drag link the way it adjusts. I love my TF due to how strong it's made and ease of install.

You will need to recenter your steering wheel after centering the axle. Very easy to do yourself IMO.
This. Teraflex has a lot of issues with the first version of the bar, but the new one seems to be made right. It is the bar I run on my rig.
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Installed the same kit as well as a JKS front Track Bar as well. I didn't have the bushing alignment issue you had when tightening the jam nut. I just set it for length, placed it between the ears at each end and slipped the bolts through, lowered the front axle, and was able to fit a monster wrench in to tighten. Raised to ride height and torqued bushings.





My steering wheel took two CW turns (when viewed from driver side) to center.

Not liking AEV's sway bar brackets though. Off centers the links and they can catch the hardware on the tie rod. Note - I had to cut the corner off of the driver side bracket. Better check your brackets for clearance too...

I knew I hated this stupid design, so I ordered two of these in advance. Get rid of those dumb brackets and replace with these.

Crown Automotive 52060011AB - Rear Sway Bar Link for 07-14 Jeep® Wrangler & Wrangler Unlimited JK - Quadratec
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Old 12-08-2013, 11:06 AM   #16
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My sway bar links do not look as out of alignment as Tob's.

Here's mine.


The bracket is stupid. I'll add some new longer links to my order.

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