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Old 02-15-2014, 08:06 PM   #1
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front adjustable track bar ? recommendations

what is a best adjustable front track bar to use with the currie currectlync set up, without using a drop track bar mount ?
I have 5.5 suspension lift , wanting to up grade my front end.

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Might not be what you're lookin for but i actually just modified my stock track bar to fit my lift...i used a new heim joint and made my stock track bar into an adjustable...since i cant weld i had someone else do it and all in all it was 70 bucks to do. I can post a pic of it tomorrow if you'd like. Did the same with my rear track bar.

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Might not be what you're lookin for but i actually just modified my stock track bar to fit my lift...i used a new heim joint and made my stock track bar into an adjustable...since i cant weld i had someone else do it and all in all it was 70 bucks to do. I can post a pic of it tomorrow if you'd like. Did the same with my rear track bar.
Id b interested in pics if that
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I run the Currie tjj adjustable track bar up front with a 3.5" lift and it is surviving longer than 2 steering kits and an upgraded set of control arms. I've heard that the Metalcloak front track bar provides more clearance than the Currie one though.
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Metalcloak has the best suspension/binding clearance, so it easily gets my vote.

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Might not be what you're lookin for but i actually just modified my stock track bar to fit my lift...i used a new heim joint and made my stock track bar into an adjustable...since i cant weld i had someone else do it and all in all it was 70 bucks to do. I can post a pic of it tomorrow if you'd like. Did the same with my rear track bar.
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Both the Currie TJJ and Metalcloak track bars are excellent. I've put a lot of miles on the Currie and now run the Metalcloak, which will be staying put.
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Both the Currie TJJ and Metalcloak track bars are excellent. I've put a lot of miles on the Currie and now run the Metalcloak, which will be staying put.
How's the heim holding up on the front? I have MC front and rear and I'm wondering how long the front heim will last before I need to replace it.
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I also have the MC rear and was wondering the ssame on the heim. Is it worth changing the front from the currie to the MC?
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How's the heim holding up on the front? I have MC front and rear and I'm wondering how long the front heim will last before I need to replace it.
I've intentially not touched it this winter aside from weekly washings of the Jeep. It hasn't made a peep so far.
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what is a best adjustable front track bar to use with the currie currectlync set up, without using a drop track bar mount ?
I have 5.5 suspension lift , wanting to up grade my front end.
For that lift height, I'd suggest the Currie TJS or TJJ model.
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I've been eyeing this weld on front track bar bracket http://www.motobilt.com/shop-by-vehi...r-bracket.html
I believe it replaces the factory mount without altering location of the trackbar. I wonder if it'd work well with the metalcloak heim.
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I've been eyeballing it as well....thinking of making my own track bar with a 1.6" wide Currie JJ.
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Oh, crap...i forgot to post mine! I'll get pics up tomorrow of my front and rear track bars...

they're stock track bars modified into adjustable and work great. Werent expensive, either.
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Sorry for my late response! Heres the pic of my front track bar:

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Sorry for my late response! Heres the pic of my front track bar:
U got a write up on that and ur steeringthat looks custom as well
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Not so much a write up but it was cake...

Basically, just took my stock track bar and cut the stock end off. Got a male heim joint with a female end and a nut. Welded the female end onto the track bar then just got the proper length down and attached the heim joint and tightened the nut. Voila. Did the same thing with the rear.

As for the steering, its not a custom setup. Its an Iron Rock Offroad kit:

IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: Heavy Duty Over the Knuckle Steering TJ/ZJ/XJ
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what is a best adjustable front track bar to use with the currie currectlync set up, without using a drop track bar mount ?
I have 5.5 suspension lift , wanting to up grade my front end.
We have a few different Adjustable Track Bars that will work with that steering set up. You'll need to decide if you want one that includes a heim on one or both ends, or if you prefer the more OE style TRE end. I have JKS track bars on my TJ with the Currie steering and it's served me well.

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I've been eyeballing it as well....thinking of making my own track bar with a 1.6" wide Currie JJ.
I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy the metal cloak track bar bare without the heim. I'm going to use my own johnny joint at the frame end with the synergy mfg double shear bracket and 9/16 HD bushing from Clayton at the axle end. My question, UnlimitedLJ04 is do you think the new bracket will work well with my stock pitman arm? I can't tell from the limited installed pictures if the new bracket will drastically affect track bar angle compared to what I have now.
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I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy the metal cloak track bar bare without the heim. I'm going to use my own johnny joint at the frame end with the synergy mfg double shear bracket and 9/16 HD bushing from Clayton at the axle end. My question, UnlimitedLJ04 is do you think the new bracket will work well with my stock pitman arm? I can't tell from the limited installed pictures if the new bracket will drastically affect track bar angle compared to what I have now.
I like that idea. I can't tell on the pitman arm either based on the pictures, but according to their marketing information its designed around the stock pitman arm & steering box.

Here's more pics: *New* Synergy Suspension Jeep TJ/LJ Universal Frame Side Front Track Bar Bracket----> - Pirate4x4.Com : 4x4 and Off-Road Forum

I think you'll have to set it up at full bump. if welded in a good spot, the 1.6" mounting width should allow you to use a grade 8 bolt & nut setup, and still fit it between the tie-rod and the pumpkin. but as you see in the post on pirate, seems pictures at full bump with stock inverted-Y steering are hard to come by.
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I plan on running a PSC ram assist with my Currie steering with parts from Blaine. Do you think that track bar and bracket setup is a worthwhile upgrade from my current Currie front track bar, if setup properly? Or a lot of work for not much benefit?
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I'm pretty sure I'm going to buy the metal cloak track bar bare without the heim. I'm going to use my own johnny joint at the frame end with the synergy mfg double shear bracket and 9/16 HD bushing from Clayton at the axle end. My question, UnlimitedLJ04 is do you think the new bracket will work well with my stock pitman arm? I can't tell from the limited installed pictures if the new bracket will drastically affect track bar angle compared to what I have now.
Sounds like a fun project but I wouldn't hesitate to run the rod end included with the track bar with that double shear bracket. Give it a try first. The axle-end bushing they use allows the use of a 1/2" bolt so I see no reason to swap it out. 9/16" vs. 1/2" won't gain you anything in that location.
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Sounds like a fun project but I wouldn't hesitate to run the rod end included with the track bar with that double shear bracket. Give it a try first. The axle-end bushing they use allows the use of a 1/2" bolt so I see no reason to swap it out. 9/16" vs. 1/2" won't gain you anything in that location.
Can you measure the width of the heim on your trackbar when you get a chance? My lower track bar bolt is already 9/16, that's my reasoning behind the HD Clevite bushing at the axle.
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Sounds like a fun project but I wouldn't hesitate to run the rod end included with the track bar with that double shear bracket. Give it a try first. The axle-end bushing they use allows the use of a 1/2" bolt so I see no reason to swap it out. 9/16" vs. 1/2" won't gain you anything in that location.
Considering you're only at ~2.5-3" above stock up front, did you modify the MC bar at all? Since when I called they said it works best with ~3.5"+
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Considering you're only at ~2.5-3" above stock up front, did you modify the MC bar at all? Since when I called they said it works best with ~3.5"+
from what i've seen, clearance isn't the issue...it's the overall length. the one i've seen was a little long for ~2" of lift, pushing the axle off center a bit.
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from what i've seen, clearance isn't the issue...it's the overall length. the one i've seen was a little long for ~2" of lift, pushing the axle off center a bit.
Right, the length issue was what I was referring to.. coulda been a little more clear. I just figured he woulda done something to account for the axle shift that would come with the shorter lift and track bar.
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Length isn't a problem for me, as my track bar bracket is a bit further over toward the passenger side than factory. All front and rear axle brackets aren't factory.
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Length isn't a problem for me, as my track bar bracket is a bit further over toward the passenger side than factory. All front and rear axle brackets aren't factory.
Should have remembered that, thanks.
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I just bought this set up it makes the most sense , best price . solid bar , double shear

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I just bought this set up it makes the most sense , best price . solid bar , double shear

IRON ROCK OFF ROAD: TJ Double Shear Track Bar Conversion
notice it needs 3" of bumpstop extension to keep from smashing the tie-rod. it also needs a drop pitman arm. You'd need 5-6" of lift to keep reasonable travel. they include the 3" bumpstop extensions, but they extend from the top mount...which is going to make the springs catch & rub the bumpstop cup badly.

it also looks identical to poor designs of years past from a few other companies (Rubicon Express, Rock Krawler, Rough Country, Full Traction and maybe a couple others had similar stuff).

they advertised it on JeepForum in the vendor forum a while back, but a few of us in this thread quickly pointed out those deficiencies listed...IRO then deleted their thread.

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