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Old 04-17-2013, 12:31 AM   #1
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Question Dropping pit man arm and relocating track bar

Ok, ok before you guys go crazy, i'm not dropping my pit man arm, I do read before i ask haha sorry just trying to get your attention! I'm putting together my own lift, rancho 9000 shocks, BDS coils, and its gonna be about 3 inches so am i keeping my stock track bar or no?

Why should I not just buy a track bar relocation bracket?

From what I read, most track bars end up rubbing on the diff. so what ones don't? I'm in college guys, I can't afford a $250 currie for front and rear! any reviews on BDS?

I'm going to end up putting adjustable control arms yet I still don't fully understand how the control arms and track bar all change the angle of the axle. i think i have an idea just a little fuzzy

Any advice is welcome i'm here to learn

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Unless you can weld on a new bracket, it's much stronger to buy an adjustable. Check out jks, they maybe slightly cheaper. I'm in college too so I feel your pain. I save up for a long time for the kit you see in my sig
And do some reading on control arms and get a very good understanding (not just an idea!) of what they do and how lengthening them will effect your suspension geometry. But as far as track bars go, they serve to center the axle under the vehicle and keep it there.

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Old 04-17-2013, 01:20 AM   #3
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Check out the metalcloak track bar $159. Mine clears with my 2.5" lift. Some people frown on having a heim on the frame end but I chose to ignore the haters.
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I was thinking Metal cloak also
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Old 04-17-2013, 08:57 AM   #5
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Just checked it, jks is only $179. And since they redesigned the bends a year or two ago, it clears just as well as a Currie one and is just as strong as the Currie. It also has a JJ on the frame side. Nothing wrong with a heim, they're just known to not last quite as long because they have less ability to articulate.
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Install a trackbar relocation bracket for the rear axle, install an adjustable length trackbar for the front. There is no good/cheap way to add length to the front OE track bar like there is in the rear via a rear-mounted trackbar relocation bracket.
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Install a trackbar relocation bracket for the rear axle, install an adjustable length trackbar for the front. There is no good/cheap way to add length to the front OE track bar like there is in the rear via a rear-mounted trackbar relocation bracket.
So rear track bar bracket will be ok and it doesn't break the bank? that sounds good. but what kind/brand of bracket? Any good threads about people fabbing up their own??
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Unless you can weld on a new bracket, it's much stronger to buy an adjustable. Check out jks, they maybe slightly cheaper. I'm in college too so I feel your pain. I save up for a long time for the kit you see in my sig
And do some reading on control arms and get a very good understanding (not just an idea!) of what they do and how lengthening them will effect your suspension geometry. But as far as track bars go, they serve to center the axle under the vehicle and keep it there.
About control arms, if i get adjustable uppers, I can get fixed lowers, but is there any reason why i wouldn't want to do that? The place I'm getting my control arms from sells fixed lowers with jonny joints but the adj don't have the jonny joint option idk if its worth it or not but the arm themselves have a lifetime guarantee
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Fabbing a rear trackbar relocation bracket wouldn't be easy due to the geometry you'd have to incorporate. Plus there is a lot of stress against the track bar so any mount would have be be designed with those forces in mind.

Yes a rear track bar is a good way to go and they are not expensive, there are a lot of them for various suspension lift heights. I would just use Google's shopping site at Google Shopping & search for 'trackbar relocation bracket' & select one for a TJ made for your suspension lift height. Better versions of that bracket vary by suspension lift height so as to properly position the rear axle left-to-right.

An adjustable length track bar is of course a better way to go but there is certainly nothing wrong with using just a track bar relocation bracket in the rear.
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About control arms, if i get adjustable uppers, I can get fixed lowers, but is there any reason why i wouldn't want to do that? The place I'm getting my control arms from sells fixed lowers with jonny joints but the adj don't have the jonny joint option idk if its worth it or not but the arm themselves have a lifetime guarantee
What are you trying to accomplish with adj. uppers? Front and rear? Do you have an sye/cv?
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What are you trying to accomplish with adj. uppers? Front and rear? Do you have an sye/cv?
I'm planning on getting an sye and cv drive shaft yes. If i'm lifting my vehicle i'm not gonna drop my tcase. I was going to buy one off craigslist but it wasn't that great of deal.

and I don't know honestly. The sight said that the jonny joint arms required the use of adjustable uppers.

Will stock control arms work for a 3 inch lift?
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Stock arms will work with a 3" lift but if/when you install a SYE kit and CV driveshaft, you'll want to buy adjustable length upper-rear control arms so you can properly set the pinion angle to meet the requirement of the CV driveshaft.
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Stock arms will work with a 3" lift but if/when you install a SYE kit and CV driveshaft, you'll want to buy adjustable length upper-rear control arms so you can properly set the pinion angle to meet the requirement of the CV driveshaft.
What he said adj. lowers are a plus if you can afford them but not necessary at 3"
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Well thats cool, so i can just keep my stock control arms?.. until i get the sye and cv drive shaft and control arms (where that tax rebate)

I will need to get the new track bar and rear bracket before i put the springs and shocks under it right?
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It'd be easiest to just do it all at once. But if you've gotta drive it for a week without the new track bars and braket it's probably fine.

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