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Old 04-12-2013, 10:59 AM   #1
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Hey folks. Wondering what to do.... I have a 2000 TJ that I am rebuilding the frame on. The previous owner installed a 2.5 inch budget boost. I notice that the rear axle is moved to the right approx. 2 inches. I currently have the body off the frame so this may correct itself marginally with the weight of the tub back on it. My question is, Should I put an adjustable track bar on it or go with the relocation bracket only? I will never truly "offroad" this jeep.... a muddy trail here on Prince Edward Island is about the best we have! articulation will never be tested on this vehicle! I would also like to know what track bar or bracket is the best bang for the buck! Any input would be great!! thanks

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Go ahead and get the adjustable. It's stronger and doesn't hurt to upgrade that. I live in Mississippi so I know what you mean by never truly testing the articulation. Haha but I got the jks front and rear.
But go check out the thread Unlimited has on here about track bars and clearance issues. The rear isn't the same as the front. I think currie makes a good one for the rear, but do some research on it to make sure I'm recalling that correctly.

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Hey folks. Wondering what to do.... I have a 2000 TJ that I am rebuilding the frame on. The previous owner installed a 2.5 inch budget boost. I notice that the rear axle is moved to the right approx. 2 inches. I currently have the body off the frame so this may correct itself marginally with the weight of the tub back on it. My question is, Should I put an adjustable track bar on it or go with the relocation bracket only? I will never truly "offroad" this jeep.... a muddy trail here on Prince Edward Island is about the best we have! articulation will never be tested on this vehicle! I would also like to know what track bar or bracket is the best bang for the buck! Any input would be great!! thanks
JustanotherJeeper,

The bracket is simply a quick and cheap fix for the trackbar problem when lifting a Jeep. I have had 2 of them get a little bit loose and shear off a bolt. Then the rear end of the Jeep will wobble around and that could cause damage elsewhere.

I recommend getting the Teraflex Adjustable Trackbar we offer and be done. It'll save you a lot of work and money in the long run. No sense in doing something twice, right?

Hope this helps, let me know if you have any other questions or concerns. I'll be happy to help out!

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Old 04-12-2013, 01:34 PM   #4
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I'd do lots of research on clearance though. Don't just take everyone's advice. You need good clearance even for just on road driving at full bump.
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If you have only a 2" BB, and your axle is really moved to the side 2", you've got some other things going on. With a 2" lift it should be 3/4" or less.
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I recommend getting the Teraflex Adjustable Trackbar we offer and be done. It'll save you a lot of work and money in the long run. No sense in doing something twice, right?
I found this track bar needed around 4" of bumpstop extension to avoid hitting the stock diff cover. That means you'd need a 4" lift just to get back to the same suspension travel as a stock Jeep. here's a picture:





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Bingo. Start here: tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - Page 98 - JeepForum.com
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If you have only a 2" BB, and your axle is really moved to the side 2", you've got some other things going on. With a 2" lift it should be 3/4" or less.
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I found this track bar needed around 4" of bumpstop extension to avoid hitting the stock diff cover. That means you'd need a 4" lift just to get back to the same suspension travel as a stock Jeep. here's a picture:







Bingo. Start here: tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - Page 98 - JeepForum.com
He is talking about the rear axle , but I have to wonder- if a company can't properly build a front track bar, does one trust the rear track bar from the same company?
I don't get it. What is the problem with building a track bar that fits properly? If the manufacturers paid just a little bit of attention they would be far more successful. Why is this an issue?
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He is talking about the rear axle
oops totally i missed that.

in the rear, you gotta watch out for the gas tank mount in back.

here's a JKS:


for a rear track bar, i'd recommend this one:
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I don't know if it's any better, I haven't seen one full bump past maybe 2.5"-3" rear bumpstop extension, but at least they know the problem exists and are doing something to rectify it.

btw, most of the "adjustable rear track bars are stronger" thing is BS. the stock bar is solid 1" steel. anything aftermarket is going to be 1.25" or so, maybe 0.25" wall at best. but don't let any of that scary you, because the bracket will rip off the axle before either of those bend.
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K, just a little update, I put the wheels back on and set the jeep back on the ground (still just a rolling chassis... No tub). With a couple hundred pounds on rear axle, I am approximately 1 3/8 to the right of center. Should be able to correct this with an adjustable track bar.... Just to pick the right one now!! Thanks for all the comments and insight! Keep them coming!!
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K, just a little update, I put the wheels back on and set the jeep back on the ground (still just a rolling chassis... No tub). With a couple hundred pounds on rear axle, I am approximately 1 3/8 to the right of center. Should be able to correct this with an adjustable track bar.... Just to pick the right one now!! Thanks for all the comments and insight! Keep them coming!!
Ah, so that's why the 2" off set. You need to wait until you have the Jeep complete with all weight on it before the rear axle will be where it will be. Make sense?
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Old 04-12-2013, 08:12 PM   #12
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Yep Patrick, I'm thinking I may be ok with the tub back on... It should be close to that 3/4 mark. Still think I might go with the adjustable track bar tho, just so I can get it set up exactly where it should be.

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