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Old 05-05-2008, 12:31 PM   #1
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Front Track Bar

I am in need of a new track bar and I am wondering which ones you guys have used and would you recommend it or not. I am looking for an adjustable one also.

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In my experiences with adjustable trac bars I have to say that the JKS seems to be the best on the market. I do not run one, because I run a Rock Krawler suspension on my rig that includes an adjustable front TB, however the strength and quality of the JKS products are never in question.

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Old 05-05-2008, 01:23 PM   #3
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I was looking in to the one model OGS126 fits lifts 1" to 3.5" For about 204 plus shipping does that price seem about right? What would be the best parts source for the jks bar?
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204 doesn't sound bad to me at all for what you are getting. However I will let some of the more web concious buyers on here pipe up if they have some good sites to get JKS parts. I buy all of my parts here locally in AZ if I can help it.
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I,m still running the stock front track bar with a 4" lift my front axle is centered
but theres a cheap trick you must do for that to work
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Already have a 9/16" off set hole drilled for my stock track bar and 3 inch lift. The reason for needing a replacement is due to the track bar bending making my axle un-center and throwing the steering wheel alignment off. I figured I would upgrade so it doesn’t happen again.

The reason I want to go with a adjustable one is when you move the mounting hole further inward on that bracket you are almost on the edge of the bracket.
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Running an adjutable track bar will also reduce bump steer
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JKS is a great adjustable track bar.
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Running an adjutable track bar will also reduce bump steer
Not usually.
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Not usually.
X2 on that
for bump steer you must keep you're drag link and track bar running the same angle
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however the strength and quality of the JKS products are never in question.
besides their swivel lower control arms. Those just suck.


204 sounds about right.

Dirk here has free shipping on it too.
http://dpgoffroad.com/jks.htm
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X2 on that
for bump steer you must keep you're drag link and track bar running the same angle
Putting the adjustable track bar on mine is what got the drag link and track bar parallel again. Result: no more bump steer. This is after 4" of lift and that stupid track bar relocation bracket put them way out of parallel
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i already have 2 adj. RE track bars here. but i will install them in june or july when i have the RE CAs.
most of my buddies have RE TBs and CAs and they never had a problem.
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besides their swivel lower control arms. Those just suck.
How so?
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How so?
Because Quadratec didnt send them fast enough. Its JKS's fault now.
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They use threads to turn. This means those threads are continuously moving. I've seen many reports of them wearing out in about a year.

Orange what are you even talking about?
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Old 05-05-2008, 09:49 PM   #17
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i run a jks front trackbar..

easy to install and its a GREAT product..

if i decide to not tri-link my rear.. ill be ordering a jks rear trackbar as well

i like it because i can go up to 5'' of lift.. and i also don't need a drop pitman arm
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I went with your advice and ordered the JKS Front track bar from DPG. They didn't have any in stock so it is being drop shipped from JKS to me still free shipping. I forgot to ask how long it takes since it is coming from the manufacture. Anyone have anything drop shipped from JKS before?
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i ordered mine from dpg also.. they didnt have them in stock.. i ordered re shocks, and jks acos the same day..

only thing dpg had in stock was the ome rear trackbar bracket and shocks.. they took 3 days to get to my door (kansas to indiana)

all the jks products were shipped straight from jks themself.. they got here in 2 days..

if jks has them in stock.. expect them asap
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Perfect, i hope it gets here tomorrow so i can spend some quality time with the jeep this weekend. Thanks MoA
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Got it today!! Going to install it tomorrow.
Its massive and the quality looks great.
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whatd that take.. 2 days?

jks ships out their products FAST
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Alright I got the JKS track bar installed. I centered the axle and tightened the jam nut. The steering was still off center. I moved the axle more the same direction I did to center it. It is helping the steering alignment but now the axle isn’t centered anymore. Should I try to adjust the draglink coupler to align the steering wheel? Or do I have another problem I haven’t found yet?
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Center your axle with your track bar first. Then turn the drag link sleeve until your steering wheel is centered. Dont forget to tighten the nuts on the drag link sleeve when you're done (15mm wrench)

Its normal so don't get alarmed.

On a side note, to cure bump steer don't the track bar and the drag link need to be the same length too?
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Thought it was parallel.

I was under the assumption that when I installed the new Track bar the steering wheel alignment would return to the normal position as it was before I bent my track arm.
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I understand how parallel works but according to my geometry they have to be the same lenght too.
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I have the JKS and no problems after over a year also as long as they are parallel should be fine. And black you more than likely will have to center the steering wheel.
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I understand how parallel works but according to my geometry they have to be the same lenght too.
Your geometry is incorrect then. If that were the case, you'd get bump steer when changing the length of an adjustable length track bar to compensate for different suspension lift heights. Remember, the drag link length doesn't change but the track bar's length does.
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jerry did i miss the memo? is it hate on trip day?
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the drag link length doesn't change but the track bar's length does.
sleeve on the drag link doesnt change it?



I just made a sketch.. the 2 rods (red and green) are parallel however are different lenght. The red is the drag link and green is the track bar.

The red one steers the tires.. lol
the green one controls the axle left and right.


As you hit a bump the axle moves up and to the left on my image (passenger side in jeep) following the green circle. Well the red one is about an inch longer (not real life) so this one actually moves more which in my opinion creates bump steer.

This is very similar to why control arms are made different lengths on double wishbone vehicles (to create active camber on turns).

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