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Old 05-02-2014, 02:49 PM
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Adj. Track bar rubbing on Steering Stabilizer?

I got underneath the jeep today and I noticed a few rusted scratches on my RE Adj. Track Bar (1600 if I remember ) and it appears my SS is hitting it once in awhile. I have a 2005 tj w/ a RE track bar, ZJ steering swap, bilstein 5100s front and rear, and RE sway bar links. Anyone have any idea why the TB is rubbing? Or if anything else looks fishy with my front end? I do notice sometimes I'll hear a random "snap", metal on metal sound but I always thought they were my sway bar links. Any help would be appreciated.

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I see a couple of issues. I am running a stock drag link and ZJ tie rod on mine. Here are some pictures. Notice the connection from tie rod to drag link...yours is attached from the wrong direction. Also notice the angle of my stabilizer. With the wheels pointed straight ahead, the stabilizer bolt points almost directly at the damper pulley on the engine (well above the track bar). Possibly the fact that the tie rod is backwards in the drag link is twisting the drag link?? I'm not even sure how that would be installed backwards as it's a tapered fit. Wrong part? Maybe your drag link is from a right hand drive?

And is that a piece of foam or a splint on your rear shock????

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It's just foam, I put it on until I was able to weld up the shock relocation bracket in the back. I was afraid it would get dented like the previous one lol
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And I'll look at my receipts from back then and see what I got. I sure as he'll hope I didn't order the wrong part and had it on all this time! Can anyone else confirm this?

And the everything up front is tight, except the heim joint on my RE track bar. That POS has had 1/16" play inside the joint since a few months after I bought it
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I am actually having the same issue! I have a dropped pitman arm and a RC adjustable track bar. When I turn the wheel to the left the steering stabilizer hits the track bar and stops the wheel from turning all the way. Any ideas?
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I am actually having the same issue! I have a dropped pitman arm and a RC adjustable track bar. When I turn the wheel to the left the steering stabilizer hits the track bar and stops the wheel from turning all the way. Any ideas?
Get rid of the dropped pitman arm, and install an oem one. All dpa's do is cause bump steer.
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Beauty thanks man
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I replaced the dropped pitman arm with the OEM pitman arm, and it created death wobble!!!! The dropped pitman was rubbing on my adjustable track bar before, not it is not!
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I replaced the dropped pitman arm with the OEM pitman arm, and it created death wobble!!!! The dropped pitman was rubbing on my adjustable track bar before, not it is not!
The OEM pitman arm won't cause death wobble...there's another reason. Most likely a loose joint in the steering or track bar. Do a dry steering test to find it.

Take some pictures of your front suspension and post them up.

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Do a dry steering test by having someone sit in your Jeep (with the tires on the ground) and continuously turn the steering wheel back and forth from about the 11 to 1 position while you lay under the front end and watch and feel for any lateral play in any steering or suspension joints. Check both track bar ends, the tie rod and drag link ends.
Although rotational movement in the tie rod and drag link is normal and necessary, there should be no end movement at all in the joints. There also should be no movement in the track bar ends.

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