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Old 02-15-2014, 05:49 PM   #1
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adjustable track bars

In need of front and rear adjustable track bars... Any suggestions as to which ones?

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Currie, or Metalcloak

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Old 02-15-2014, 06:04 PM   #3
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Cool thanks. Do you know if the bracket is included?
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Old 02-15-2014, 06:17 PM   #4
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I was looking at these bars and they seem pretty up there in price. While price isn't a huge issue, it is something I am forced to consider. Any more economical suggestions? Also, I forgot to mention it is for a TJ with a 2.5" lift.
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Its worth your money to get those name brands however i run a rubicon express front adjustable track bar and havent had any issues with it although its 130 and i think metalcloak is like 180? Kinda worth it to get the best thats out there.
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Personally, there's only three I would recommend, and the third is JKS, but IMHO, Metalcloak is better, and less expensive than JKS. MC's are $199 each and the rear includes the relocation bracket. You can buy cheaper track bars, but a track bar is such a critical component, and these three have the best clearances and are built so much stronger than the cheap ones, I won't use anything else. I currently have a JKS rear, and a Currie front.
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Does the Metalcloak work with only a 2.5" lift??...
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Old 02-15-2014, 07:12 PM   #8
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I have a metal cloak front on, and a metal cloak rear w/bracket ready to install in the garage. I have a 2.5" lift and while it will work on my LJ (they told me it'd be close) I think it will work fine on the shorter driveline (steeper angle) of the TJ better if I understood what Eric at MC was explaining to me.

It requires or at least needs to be welded up to reinforce it enough for real usage as I understand it, and it needs some clearance work as well, hence the reason it's in my garage instead of on my rig right now.
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I'm not looking to weld anything. Even if I wanted, I don't know how.
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I'm not looking to weld anything. Even if I wanted, I don't know how.
It would take a welder at any fab, or even muffler shop about 10 minutes total. It's literally 3-4 1" passes.
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It would take a welder at any fab, or even muffler shop about 10 minutes total. It's literally 3-4 1" passes.
Ahhh... That's doable.
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Is it worth spending the money on a new rear track bar or is it a good idea to buy a new bracket for the rear and using the old rear track bar?
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Is it worth spending the money on a new rear track bar or is it a good idea to buy a new bracket for the rear and using the old rear track bar?
Bracket is fine
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Bracket is fine
You say you are using the Rubicon express, how big is your lift?
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Is it worth spending the money on a new rear track bar or is it a good idea to buy a new bracket for the rear and using the old rear track bar?
the rear brackets can address something different than the adjustable track bar, but they can also introduce new problems.

the bracket can also cause the extra stress on the factory bracket...causing it to rip off. you should weld reinforcement from the factory bracket to the axle tube for extra support if you bolt on the relocation bracket. a relocation bracket can also cause interference with the fuel & evap lines. a relocation bracket can also hit the underside of the tub if you do not properly install bumpstop extensions.

the relocation bracket however can help roll center, and it can prevent the adjustable track bar from hitting the closed top section of the factory bracket.

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Track bar extension bracket versus adjustable track bars? - JeepForum.com
Rear Track bar Bracket - JeepForum.com

for front track bar at 2.5" of lift, I'd suggest the Metalcloak, Currie TJS/TJJ or JKS #126 w/ a V8 ZJ tie-rod + 1.25" of front bumpstop extensions. Regardless of your choice, make sure you know what full bump is and check the clearances there, then add in the appropriate amount of bumpstop extension.

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tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - JeepForum.com
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You say you are using the Rubicon express, how big is your lift?
All good info there ftom Unlimited. I have a 3 inch zone lift
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All good info there ftom Unlimited. I have a 3 inch zone lift
I hear that but a Rubicon express track bar just feel in my lap and was wondering if it's good enough to use or if I should spend the money on a different one
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I hear that but a Rubicon express track bar just feel in my lap and was wondering if it's good enough to use or if I should spend the money on a different one
I have rubicon express adjustable track bar in front and in the rear is the stock bar with the bracket from my lift.
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I run RE adjustable track bars front and rear and they're fine. In the rear I also use their extension bracket along with a Tri-County brace that ties it into the axle housing better (with no welding). I run the RE extreme duty front with the drop bracket on my rig because the superflex joint with a horizontal double shear mount lasts way longer than a heim joint with a single vertical shear mount.
I'd use the RE track bar if you have one available.
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Old 02-18-2014, 09:02 AM   #20
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Great. Thanks for the advise.
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I run RE adjustable track bars front and rear and they're fine. In the rear I also use their extension bracket along with a Tri-County brace that ties it into the axle housing better (with no welding). I run the RE extreme duty front with the drop bracket on my rig because the superflex joint with a horizontal double shear mount lasts way longer than a heim joint with a single vertical shear mount.
I'd use the RE track bar if you have one available.
I've replaced a fair amount of RE track bars, both front and rear, with better units from Currie, JKS and more recently Metalcloak. Given the quality of the options available nowadays, I would never recommend RE track bars. The clearance suffers, especially with the drop bracket, the ends don't hold up nearly as well as the others mentioned, and the thin-wall tubing is not ideal.

Your double vs. single shear argument is a bit off, as well. I've replaced RE ends that were in double shear their entire lives due to slop, noise, or both. I've never once had to replace the 2.5" JJ used in Currie or JKS track bars or the rod end used on MC track bars and, as you know, they're in single shear. It's all about application and quality, and in that application single shear is acceptable given the end in shear is of a high quality and appropriate strength. Personally, I'd prefer double shear as well but it can be very tricky to package on the front end of TJ's.
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So, I have a stipid question. If I got a rear adjustable TB, would I still need the relocation bracket ?
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So, I have a stipid question. If I got a rear adjustable TB, would I still need the relocation bracket ?
the answer is maybe. depends on lift height, pinion angle and whether you're trying to change roll center.
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Just got notice this morning that my MetalCloak front TB shipped today.
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I've replaced a fair amount of RE track bars, both front and rear, with better units from Currie, JKS and more recently Metalcloak. Given the quality of the options available nowadays, I would never recommend RE track bars. The clearance suffers, especially with the drop bracket, the ends don't hold up nearly as well as the others mentioned, and the thin-wall tubing is not ideal.
x2. I recently helped a buddy replace an RE track bar with a JKS HD (5/8" bolt) on an XJ. The RE heim end was trashed. This was a street only XJ...it saw a dirt road once or twice a year, tops.
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The RE extreme duty track bar and drop bracket is completely different from their standard duty model and I like it and have run it on two rigs without ever a problem, for the life of the vehicle. The superflex frame end on the Extreme duty model is similar to a johnny joint and is a far superior application than a heim joint will ever be. I wouldn't personally use the standard RE trackbar because the heim will wear fairly quickly, but if you have one available for free or very little cost, which is how I interpretted the OPs post, it will certainly get you by for a quite awhile. (Of course he can't use the extreme duty model because his lift isn't big enough and I do love pretty much everything Currie).

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