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Old 03-29-2009, 02:15 PM   #1
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factory track bar on lift???

I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. It has a lift on it, though I am not sure of exact height or name brand. The lift was on it when I purchased it 5 years ago. Recently I have been experiencing the well known DW. I inspected the front end and noticed it was worned out at the bushings. I decided to go ahead and replace it all. I have ordered new front shocks, steering stabilizer, tie rod ends and ordered a track bar. I still need to purchase the drag bar and ends. I will follow up with the front end allignment when it is all installed. The question is, is it possible to run a stock track bar on my jeep? I am un sure on the lift on there, but I do run 33's with no problem at all. The one on it now is not adjustable and it all looks to be stock. Including the drag link. It is all centered with the body and axel now. I was wondering if I made a mistake by going back with what's on there, and like I said, it looks stock to me. Is it possible that this is a stock track bar on it and still be running that size of tire? No problems the first 4 1/2 yrs with it til now. Thanks!
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I would think if everything was good to go before it will still be the same. You should be fine. I have 3" of lift with the stock front trackbar and can't even tell if the axle is off-center, it may be but I've never measured.

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Do you have a pic of your TB?

With a stock TB and lift the front axle is a bit uncentered and sticks out a bit to the drivers side.
I have the stock TB with 4.5" of lift and there´s now problem.
If I were you, I would buy an adjustable TB to recenter the axle.
But if you don´t have the money, just replace teh bushing of the stock track bar. That will work fine.
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Thanks for responding, I ordered the stock track bar after trying to compare mine to the new ones online. To be honest, I didn't even consider an adjustable one since I didn't have that on my Jeep now. I hope its the stock one and goes right back to where it is now. If it is off centered, I can't tell. I wish I had've found this forum site, before I ordered it. This site is very informative. Like I said, I just ordered the whole bar, bushings and all. Maybe a little over kill, but wanted to make sure. Maybe I am on the right track to getting rid of this wobble.
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Someone might have moved the trac bar over to the driver side more by drilling another hole in the stock axle mount. Can you tell if this is the case? If there are two holes in the bracket?
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I will check for another hole that could have been drilled in the bracket. Thanks. And how much of a fight am I going to have installing this? Is it as simple as removing the old one and putting the new one back in, other than some elbow grease. Or is everything going to move around once I take the old bar out. Would this require lifting the front end off the ground or can it be done with out. Which is best? Any hints to help or suggestions appreciated. I will get back as soon as I check for the additional holes in the mounting bracket. Thanks, again.

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