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Old 01-22-2011, 08:45 PM   #1
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adjustable track bar

I'm looking at getting an adjustable track bar instead of keeping my stock one with my lift. Are there amy differences between say the rough country and JKS, or is an adjustable track bar an adjustable track bar no matter the brand?

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Old 01-22-2011, 10:06 PM   #3
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How much lift do you have? If it is less thanks 4 inches the stock trackbar is recommended. Wait for unlimitedlj04 to chime in, he's a beast at this topic
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Old 01-22-2011, 10:18 PM   #5
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How much lift do you have? If it is less thanks 4 inches the stock trackbar is recommended. Wait for unlimitedlj04 to chime in, he's a beast at this topic
I have the 2.5" RC lift and I hoped I could use the stock trackbar thanks for letting me know.
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Huge difference in brands. I have a link from the jeep forum about some breaking and nearly causing a catastrophic wreck.

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Old 01-23-2011, 09:34 AM   #7
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Huge difference in brands. I have a link from the jeep forum about some breaking and nearly causing a catastrophic wreck.

tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - JeepForum.com
x2 on this.

Looks like good flex right?


WRONG!!! The front tire is still a good 4" away from the fender, with about 3" of uptravel remaining...but the track bar is sitting on the diff cover, limiting the uptravel and potentially damaging the frame mount or the track bar.

here's my JKS smashing into the Riddler diff cover in that photo....about 3" before bumpstops hit...meaning it needed about 3-3.5" bumpstop extension to prevent this, and with a 2.5" lift that's actually less uptravel than stock.




I ended up going with a custom track bar, changing the diff cover, cutting half the face off and welding it back up...got down to 1-3/8" bumpstops, with a ZJ V8 tie-rod and a little bit of non-destructive tie-rod/track bar rub.



Right now the BEST front track bar is the Currie TJJ or TJS model, with 2" front bumpstop extensions, and a stock or Barnett diff cover. Everything else hits the tie-rod, the diff cover, or both; and requires more bumpstop extension.
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:08 AM   #8
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Im about to put the JKS on my LJ tomorrow. currently running 4" lifted springs, bilstien 5100-(4") and ACO spring adjuster/bumpstops raising the lift about another 1" on a D30 with a SOLID diff cover. Im really hoping this will work and not rub
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:29 AM   #9
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Im about to put the JKS on my LJ tomorrow. currently running 4" lifted springs, bilstien 5100-(4") and ACO spring adjuster/bumpstops raising the lift about another 1" on a D30 with a SOLID diff cover. Im really hoping this will work and not rub
pull the springs out and set the jeep on the bumpstops. you should need 2" bumpstop extension over stock anyway, just to prevent the shocks from bottoming out...assuming you have 15-15.5" collapsed length shocks which normally come with a 4" lift. you'll likely need to grind down the rib next to the fill plug off the solid diff cover, similar to the picture above.
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Setting it on the bumpstops will tell if the trackbar will hit?
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Old 01-23-2011, 10:47 AM   #11
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Setting it on the bumpstops will tell if the trackbar will hit?
it will tell you a lot...it will tell you if your shocks are bottoming out and it will tell you if there is any suspension interferences....track bar vs diff cover being just one of those.

Turn the steering side to side and you'll see if the brake lines hit anything...then go to full droop & steering lock to lock and you'll see if the brake lines are too short. Stock brake lines aren't long enough for 4" of lift.

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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/corr...gth-70047.html
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Old 01-24-2011, 05:41 AM   #12
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ok, ill check it out tonight, thanks
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Old 01-24-2011, 10:32 AM   #13
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Who makes the best adjustable front track bar for a 4"+ lift fitment? I ordered a jks one and it should be here today but if there is a better one that won't rub (currie?) ill send this one back.
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I also was going to install an adj track bar on a 2.5 RC cause the tire (on the stockers) are noticable on the front left sticking out more than the right side and opp in the rear(right side sticks out more than the left). Sounds like i should leave it alone?
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Old 01-24-2011, 12:34 PM   #15
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Who makes the best adjustable front track bar for a 4"+ lift fitment? I ordered a jks one and it should be here today but if there is a better one that won't rub (currie?) ill send this one back.
Currie has a newer model with more offest that seems to clear more than any JKS bar
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I also was going to install an adj track bar on a 2.5 RC cause the tire (on the stockers) are noticable on the front left sticking out more than the right side and opp in the rear(right side sticks out more than the left). Sounds like i should leave it alone?
you can drill a new hole in the mount to use the stock track bar, just make sure to weld some reinforcement on the bracket (see http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/corr...gth-70047.html above for example.

the Currie TJJ or TJS model is the only aftermarket track bar currently worth playing with, but it will need 2" of front bumpstop extension to be used with the stock diff cover. you can stretch it to 1.5" with stock length uppers and lowers & stock diff cover (it will rub the face)....so you end up sacrificing caster and the paint on the diff cover. to run less bumpstop you'd need a custom fabrication job.
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Thanks! do you know about how far to drill the new hole from the stock location?
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If you drill and use your stock bar...you must reinforce by welding a support. I have seen track bars break thru the drilled hole and then you have new problems. An adjustable track bar is the best way to set the front up properly. The redrilling can be a band aid and will work but if you go taller later...still going to need an adjustable one.
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So the currie would have the best clearance? Any others? Also what about the rear? Thanks for your help!
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So the currie would have the best clearance? Any others? Also what about the rear? Thanks for your help!
yes, as already stated multiple times, Currie TJJ or TJS models have the best clearance, and must be used with 2" front bumpstop extensions (available from Rubicon Express, Performance Accessories, JKS, etc).

For the rear you need to use a rear track bar relocation bracket. If you use the stock bracket the adjustable track bar will bind on the bracket...causing it to stretch & eventually crack a weld. If you use the relocation bracket, it sits above the stock bracket and causes extra leverage against it, eventually causing it to rip off. Also with the relocation bracket, you need 1.25-1.5" rear bumpstop extension to prevent the bracket from hitting the tub floor.

The track bar bracket damage presents a problem because if it rips off the axle you also lose the upper control arm mount, so basically the rear axle has very little support and therefore little reason to say under your jeep.

The best solution is to replace the entire bracket with a better one...cut the old bracket off, and weld on a new on. The second best option is to run the relocation bracket, 1.5" bumpstop extension, and reinforce the mount by welding some angle iron to it. I used 3/8" angle scrap, and cut out a basic shape with a torch, then shaped it to fit the axle with an angle grinder.

You may also need an adjustable track bar with the relocation bracket...depends on lift height & bracket type.

More here:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tr.../#post10708035
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/an...acket-1147395/

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