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Old 10-28-2007, 10:38 AM   #1
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Alignment after track bar installation??

I am fixing to go out and install my front adjustable trackbar and was wondering if I would have to get it aligned after I get done?? If so I will need to wait till next week when I would be able to drop it off and leave it somewhere. Anyone know if it will need to be aligned and about how long it should take to install?? Thanks!!

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:04 AM   #2
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I would think that you could take measurements after the install, to make sure your tires are sticking out evenly, on both sides of your heep. I would also think that your new track bar would come with some sort of directions, that would aid you in this matter. If not, and all else fails, taking it to a alignment shop, would only bring peace of mind. Sorry for not being more helpful than that, I have just not done that mod. Good luck on the install.

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Old 10-28-2007, 11:20 AM   #3
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Thanks Blu, but i bought the track bar used so i didn't get any directions. I think that it shouldn't mess up the alignemt since i will just be moving the axle left to right, but I am not sure. I don't wanna do it then not be able to take it to the alignment shop till next week if it does need one.
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Old 10-28-2007, 12:02 PM   #4
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lemme know how the install goes...not sure about the alignment
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Old 10-28-2007, 01:03 PM   #5
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You won't need an alignment... an adjustable trackbar helps to center the axle after lifting. It does not change the alignment of the tires.

Who makes the trackbar? you should be able to find instructions online.
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:34 PM   #6
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I think it's superlift. I feel that it should be pretty straightforward, but who knows what I will run into when I do it. I guess I am gonna tackle it tonight since there is no late night game, but that might not be good on my beer drinking, football watching sunday!!
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Old 10-28-2007, 02:49 PM   #7
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I just installed my adj tbar couple of weeks ago. It goes on pretty easy. Just have a cheater bar of some kind and you can use to move the front end back and forth to help you get things aligned. Best tip I got was to measure from inside hub to a certain point on the frame (on both sides). That will help you get things back to where they should be. I had to remove the axle end of the SS to make things alot easier also. Another good tip I got (but requires a 2nd person) it have somebody move the wheel while your down there getting things lined up. When they turn the wheel the entire front end will move left/right and makes it really easy. Sorry, no tips on getting the tbar the right length. I had the shop do that for me for free when they did the alignment. And be very very sure to get the axle end of the tbar VERY VERY tight. I knew that going in, so thought I did a good job of getting it tight - wrong! I got DW at unheardof low speeds around 25-30 mph.

One more good tip: When removing the frame end of the stock t-bar it probably won't want to come out. Don't try to pry it loose, won't work. Take a decent size hammer and give it a couple of good whacks on the outside of the frame mount right near where the bolt runs through. It will literally just fall into your hand.
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I think the only difference will be your steering wheel wont be straight with the axle centered (if it is now) After i installed my lift w/ my tbar relocation bracket to correct the axle position my steering wheel was crooked. It's simple to fix though.
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Just have a cheater bar of some kind and you can use to move the front end back and forth to help you get things aligned.
Instead of using a cheater bar, use the steering wheel.
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You won't need an alignment (you can never hear something too much ) but your steering wheel will be off center. There is another thread here with a pic of what you need to do to adjust it. Easy stuff.
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Old 10-28-2007, 09:17 PM   #11
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That I have done. I had to center my own wheel after my first alignment which I paid 35 bucks for. the second time I had it done I paid 60 and thought surely they would include that too, but again I had to do it!!
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That I have done. I had to center my own wheel after my first alignment which I paid 35 bucks for. the second time I had it done I paid 60 and thought surely they would include that too, but again I had to do it!!
I'd go back to them and demand free alignment since they didnt correct it the first time and be like, "this isnt fixed.. look at the steering wheel"
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Old 11-01-2007, 05:28 AM   #13
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I'd go back to them and demand free alignment since they didnt correct it the first time and be like, "this isnt fixed.. look at the steering wheel"
I have talked to a few buddies that have jeeps and believe it or not they are like yea, there is only one place in town that will center your steering wheel and it is like 5 or so buck extra!! That's insane, 60 bucks for 20 minutes worth of work max and they want an extra 5 for another 1 minutes work to make it right!

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