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Old 09-24-2013, 06:53 PM   #1
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Front track bar '06 rubicon

My rubi has a four inch lift. Apparently it scares the crap out of everyone else that drives it. Wobbly, all over the place. Guy told me a new track bar would fix it. The lift I put in just had a spacer to drop the original mount location. My question is do I need an adjustable one.

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Old 09-24-2013, 06:55 PM   #2
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This is the area in question, it's loose. Pretty sure it's the cause of the wandering
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:55 PM   #3
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My rubi has a four inch lift. Apparently it scares the crap out of everyone else that drives it. Wobbly, all over the place. Guy told me a new track bar would fix it. The lift I put in just had a spacer to drop the original mount location. My question is do I need an adjustable one.
Yep. Look at the Jks trac bar
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Definitely take that crap off and out a Metalcloak trackbar in there. Also replace the dropped pitman arm with a stock one.
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:57 PM   #5
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This is the area in question, it's loose. Pretty sure it's the cause of the wandering
wow that's some sort of f'd up contraption.

yank that crap off, replace the drop pitman arm with a stock pitman arm, and install a Currie TJS model track bar with proper bumpstop extensions...
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Do I have to put the factory Pitman arm back on?
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Old 09-24-2013, 07:08 PM   #7
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Do I have to put the factory Pitman arm back on?
no you don't have to......you just have to be willing to tolerate horrible bumpsteer and bad driving characteristics.
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no you don't have to......you just have to be willing to tolerate horrible bumpsteer and bad driving characteristics.
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Definitely take that crap off and out a Metalcloak trackbar in there. Also replace the dropped pitman arm with a stock one.
Agree....mc tb with original pitman arm is the way to go.
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Old 09-25-2013, 04:19 AM   #10
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FYI metal cloak is still 2-3 weeks behind. I just ordered my TB. $184. Shipped. So the price and from the looks the quality can't be beat. Seems much beefier than the JkS.
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Should of went with the JKS, or Currie.
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Old 09-25-2013, 07:46 AM   #12
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Love my MC front trackbar... uber beefy, best price, and best clearance hands down. Although their site says 2-3 weeks for shipping that part... mine was shipped within a day or two of placing my order (shipping was $18). Either way, it's worthwhile.
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Love my MC front trackbar... uber beefy, best price, Duroflex joint, and best clearance hands down. Although their site says 2-3 weeks for shipping that part... mine was shipped within a day or two of placing my order (shipping was $18). Either way, it's worthwhile.
They dont use a df joint on the tb.......heim joint......
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Should of went with the JKS, or Currie.
They dont have the clearance like the mc tb has and require bumpstopping.
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They dont use a df joint on the tb.......heim joint......
oops! yer right.. post amended. My terminology is satisfactory at best, apologies.
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They dont have the clearance like the mc tb has and require bumpstopping.
it doesn't matter in this case. the OP has 4" of lift and needs bumpstop extensions anyway for other reasons. in fact, he likely needs enough that either JKS or Currie will also work.
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JKS or Currie will also work.
Are there any advantages with using JKS or Currie rather than MC? Curious.
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Are there any advantages with using JKS or Currie rather than MC? Curious.
No.
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Are there any advantages with using JKS or Currie rather than MC? Curious.
JKS & Currie use Currie JJ's instead of a heim end - generally speaking, heim's wear out quickly. the heim is smaller and helps provide the better clearance profile. another advantage is that the heim end provides slightly better steering characteristics vs the JJ due to the track bar pivot point vs drag-link TRE. the smaller end more closely matches the stock TRE drop...the JJ is bigger and puts that pivot point slowly lower. this gives very slight bumpsteer, but this is insignificant to most.

JKS & Currie are also adjustable on the axle side, instead of the frame side. the MC track bar changes clearance slightly when adjusted because making the bar longer at the frame side pushes the bar further out into the tie-rod (at full bump). the heim joint also has less length adjustment possibility than the JKS/Currie axle side adjustments, but for most people in ~3-4.5" range, that's mostly insignificant. however, it does mean the MC is too long for no lift or lower lifts....despite that i may have better clearance at those low lifts.
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Thanks for the excellent detailed response!
MC has a beefy heim... I can't imagine it "wearing out quickly" but time will tell. I'm not a hardcore 4 wheeler so maybe not the best tester.
Regarding your statement: "...it does mean the MC is too long for no lift or lower lifts"
I can attest that this is correct. I'm running a 2" SL and the bar was slightly too long out of the box. MC failed on this by not including any lift requirement information in their product description. It was apparently designed for 3" or larger SL. It definitely would NOT work on stock suspension. I removed about 1/2" of thread-end from the spherical adjustment rod to get my fit with 2" SL.
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Thanks for the excellent detailed response!
MC has a beefy heim... I can't imagine it "wearing out quickly" but time will tell. I'm not a hardcore 4 wheeler so maybe not the best tester.
Regarding your statement: "...it does mean the MC is too long for no lift or lower lifts"
I can attest that this is correct. I'm running a 2" SL and the bar was slightly too long out of the box. MC failed on this by not including any lift requirement information in their product description. It was apparently designed for 3" or larger SL. It definitely would NOT work on stock suspension. I removed about 1/2" of thread-end from the spherical adjustment rod to get my fit with 2" SL.
i was speaking from a DD/weekend warrior perspective. the wearing out of heims is probably another thing that's less effected by "hardcore" wheeling, and more effected by normal daily driving stuff...dust, road salt, moisture, mileage, etc. hardcore wheelers generally get towed to the trail on a trailer, only go out when the weather is nice, and accumulate very low mileage. that said, plenty of hardcore buggies run heims...but they do replace them often.

IMHO, metalcloak has a really weird thing going....uber long springs that require a lot of bumpstop extension to avoid coil bind but track bars with the best low lift clearance - which can't be adjusted short enough to operate there and only work at taller lifts.
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Ok, we'll see how it goes.
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Ok, we'll see how it goes.
some heims last longer than others. generally cheap ones don't last very long. there are high quality units that do well. it just waits to be seen what the MC heim is...so only time will tell.

the good thing is that heim's are fairly inexpensive to replace...you can buy a whole lot of replacement heims for the difference between the MC vs Currie TJS.
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The Mc bar don't drop the pivot point of the frame end as far as the other two bars with JJ's do. The less that is changed the better it matches the OE drag link end's pivot point when a stock pitman is used . Which is why I vote for the MC bar .
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What is a heim
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I'm going back to my original pitman arm. I want this to be as painless as possible. Which bar is the best for my situation. They all seem to be around $200 so price isn't that big of deal. Don't want to wait three weeks for one though. (MC)
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I'm going back to my original pitman arm. I want this to be as painless as possible. Which bar is the best for my situation. They all seem to be around $200 so price isn't that big of deal. Don't want to wait three weeks for one though. (MC)
Best bet is still going to be the MC trackbar.
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Don't want to wait three weeks for one though. (MC)
Mine arrived in less than a week. Just call them to see what their current ship time is. It's not always 2-3 weeks.
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This is the area in question, it's loose. Pretty sure it's the cause of the wandering

that is absolutely terrifying ...... x2 on the metal cloack track bar ... its the best bang for the buck
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Mine arrived in less than a week. Just call them to see what their current ship time is. It's not always 2-3 weeks.
it is as of last week.

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