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Old 01-12-2014, 08:43 PM   #1
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Front Trackbar reinforcment options

Hello everyone. So Ive solved my death wobble issues and im just fine tuning the front end and trying to make sure I never have to deal with it again. I switched my track bar to a JKS, which was ultimaltly the cure, but even after switching to 9/16 bolts, theres still that slight oval in the front track bar hole. I cant find any brackets for a stock height JK to reinforce the stock brackets, what are my options? All the brackets ive found are relocstion brackets for 2" plus lifts. I would perferrably want a new stronger bracket, but ive also heard about welding washers? Anyone got any ideas? Thanks for reading and any insight!

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JKS makes a brace that reinforces the stock front axle bracket.

JKS Front Trackbar Brace | Reinforce the front trackbar mount on Wrangler JK models and prevent catastrophic failure

Synergy makes a reinforcing bracket for the frame side.

http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...e-p-24357.html

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JKS makes a brace that reinforces the stock front axle bracket.

JKS Front Trackbar Brace | Reinforce the front trackbar mount on Wrangler JK models and prevent catastrophic failure

Synergy makes a reinforcing bracket for the frame side.

http://www.polyperformance.com/shop/...e-p-24357.html
Thanks ive seen these but they require some amount of lift, im currently only running a leveling kit.
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No one has tried washers or bought reinforcment braces? Not trying to move the track bar, just fix ovaled holes.
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Ask and you shall receive. I don't have a link but this is from teraflex

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No one has tried washers or bought reinforcment braces? Not trying to move the track bar, just fix ovaled holes.
I tried washers, unfortunately washers usually have a bit of a gap between the bolt shank so it didnt help. what 100% solved my problem was a pair of 1.5"x1.5" plates of 1/4" steel with a hole drilled a fraction of an inch smaller than 9/16. I then used a file to open up the hole just enough that I could get the bolts in using a hammer to lightly tap them in.

I then put the trackbar on like it should be and welded them to the frame mount. its held up nicely. stock metal is 1/8 or so, 1/2" of metal contact area should last forever.

oh and it cost me nothing.
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Thanks for the links. Thats what I was looking for the axle side, but how about the frame side? I see the most damage typically occurs on the frame side, but all the brackets for thr frame side move the trackbar, which is what I dont want.

Tweak, I looked into that Idea as well, I may do that, but id prefer actual brackets for support.
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Thanks for the links. Thats what I was looking for the axle side, but how about the frame side? I see the most damage typically occurs on the frame side, but all the brackets for thr frame side move the trackbar, which is what I dont want. Tweak, I looked into that Idea as well, I may do that, but id prefer actual brackets for support.
The synergy does not.

This pic is with the optional sector shaft brace. I believe, only their TB Is designed to work with it though.
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Thanks for the links. Thats what I was looking for the axle side, but how about the frame side? I see the most damage typically occurs on the frame side, but all the brackets for thr frame side move the trackbar, which is what I dont want.

Tweak, I looked into that Idea as well, I may do that, but id prefer actual brackets for support.
If you really want to do it right, order a whole new panhard mount from ruffstuff and cut off the stock garbage
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That synergy is just what I was looking for. I was searching for that one but I could find anything, thanks! Ill probably go that route. Im just curious, since that axle side one is a weld on bracket, does it only cover one side of the bracket? It looks like just a one piece solid sheet of metal.
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That synergy is just what I was looking for. I was searching for that one but I could find anything, thanks! Ill probably go that route. Im just curious, since that axle side one is a weld on bracket, does it only cover one side of the bracket? It looks like just a one piece solid sheet of metal.
The Synergy raises the TB. You taking about the Artec or Ruff stuff ?

Why not try the TF reinforcement I posted first ?
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The Synergy raises the TB. You taking about the Artec or Ruff stuff ?

Why not try the TF reinforcement I posted first ?
Okay now im lost. The synergy moves the TB? From the pic and description it sounds like its just a brace for ovaled holes on the frame side, which is what i want. It doesnt look like it moves the TB?

And the TF reinforcment brace looks like just a single piece of metal for the axle side, and doesnt look like a full brace like the arctec?
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Okay now im lost. The synergy moves the TB? From the pic and description it sounds like its just a brace for ovaled holes on the frame side, which is what i want. It doesnt look like it moves the TB?

And the TF reinforcment brace looks like just a single piece of metal for the axle side, and doesnt look like a full brace like the arctec?
The Synergy mount on the frame side doesn't move anything.

I went with Artec on the axle side. That Teraflex part doesn't do anything about the backside of the mount.
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Okay now im lost. The synergy moves the TB? From the pic and description it sounds like its just a brace for ovaled holes on the frame side, which is what i want. It doesnt look like it moves the TB? And the TF reinforcment brace looks like just a single piece of metal for the axle side, and doesnt look like a full brace like the arctec?
I thought you were talking axle side. Yes the synergy is perfect frame side.

Obviously welding on a new beefier bracket is the way to go-I'm not going to deny that.
Your original post was looking for options including washers. The TF brace looks like a decent option --to at least try.
If welding IS a option for you ... Have at it. I have the Artec front That's going to replace my Synergy. going to do their rear bracket as well
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I thought you were talking axle side. Yes the synergy is perfect frame side.

Obviously welding on a new beefier bracket is the way to go-I'm not going to deny that.
Your original post was looking for options including washers. The TF brace looks like a decent option --to at least try.
If welding IS a option for you ... Have at it. I have the Artec front That's going to replace my Synergy. going to do their rear bracket as well
I understand I was a little unclear, my fault. That was cleared up now. Out of curiosity, why are you swapping out your synergy bracket for an artec? My plan is to have a synergy bracket for the frame side and the artec for the axle side.
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I understand I was a little unclear, my fault. That was cleared up now. Out of curiosity, why are you swapping out your synergy bracket for an artec? My plan is to have a synergy bracket for the frame side and the artec for the axle side.
I should of noted .. Sorry.
I'm installing Artec's axle armor kit which replaces the track bar mount. There's the option for stock and raised.

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