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Old 07-25-2008, 01:22 PM   #1
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Lift Maintenance?

Hey guys, I have been a member of the long arm community for a few months now and I am wondering a few things. First of all, I installed the lift myself so I am always checking behind myself to make sure things are tight. I have several nuts that loosen up occassionaly after some hard riding.

Do you guys run locktite on your lift components? If so, all of them? Just certain ones?

Also, I seem to have a hard time keeping the front track bar from sliding a bit or loosening up on the drop bracket. I considered welding it to the frame part that drops down but isn't that weird looking piece cast iron.

What type of regular maintenance, if any, do you guys have on your lifts?

Thanks for your thoughts.

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What kind of LA lift and what kind of trackbar and mounting bracket?

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You see the part furtherst to the right, where the bolt is upside down and you can see the nut on top. That part was tapped out for a previous tracbar and now I can not contain the movement in there.
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dont forget to grease your joints (control arm joints for example) or that would nicely fry them up.
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Is it the dropped trackbar bracket bolted to the frame that is slipping? If so, I welded mine to the frame so it won't move.
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Jerry,

Yea kind of. The part of the drop bracket that sandwiches the frame is not slipping. The actual drop part is what slipping back and forth as I turn. When I turn and it applies pressure in one direction on the track bar, it shifts that bracket ever so slightly.
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If the bracket is just bolted on, buy a new one and weld that sucker.
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The bracket is brand new. I did not think I could weld steel to cast iron?
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What is cast iron? I can't imagine the drop bracket that is bolted to the frame being cast iron and the frame certainly is not. Exactly what is loosening up?
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What is cast iron? I can't imagine the drop bracket that is bolted to the frame being cast iron and the frame certainly is not. Exactly what is loosening up?
Incidentally, I'm not talking about welding the OE trackbar bracket which does appear to be cast iron. I was asking if the drop bracket was loosening and that can easily be welded to the frame. I ended up welding my dropped trackbar bracket to the frame.
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That is on the factory trackbar bracket. His new one(RockKrawler) is welded steel.

If your trackbar bracket mounting hole(for the tie-rod) is too big, you need a NEW bracket.
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I do not have any tie rods going into my trackbar bracket, just the track bar. The OE drop down bracket, which is cast iron, had been drilled out to make room for an aftermarket trackbar (previous mod). Now, the bolt that fits up through the drilled out hole to hold the Rock Krawler drop bracket in has room to wiggle back and forth. I need some type of sleeve or something. I just wondered if anyone had any creative ideas?

AzTJ, you are saying I need a new OE trackbar bracket? Right? I got you now, that would fix the problem. Thanks
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Call Joe Daro at AbsoluteOffroadPhx 602-248-8949 . Hes a good guy who loves to just talk about jeeps and is the best jeep suspension/mechanic I know of. He can help you out if you want to discuss the problem your having.

Joe is the #1 Arizona dealer for all the RK stuff. He installs 4 or 5 of these things a month... including my RK long arm last October.

My stock TB bracket on the frame had previously been bored out too... for the RE1600 trackbar from my previous suspension setup. The stock TB bracket is no longer used to bolt up to the new Trackbar anymore. Its just another mounting point for bolting up the new drop down bracket, which IS what the new Trackbar bolts up to.

Anyways, I don't get any of the slop like you are. welding the drop down RK trackbar bracket to the frame instead of bolting it would eliminated any slop your describing. Youd still have it bolted to the old bracket but because its welded to the frame it aint going to move.

Give Joe a call though incase I'm wrong about this.
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Depending on the size hole in your OE bracket, you might get by with just a new trackbar like RE's 1600 that requires a bigger size bolt. It requires a 5/8" hole for its 5/8" bolt which might be big enough to get rid of the slop.
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what i would do is get a bolt that will tightly fit in the drilled out hole and then drill out the new bracket too and just use the oversized bolt.

A new RK bracket wont do anything. You will need a new factory bracket that is welded on the frame. Thats why, drill out the new RK bracket too to match the hole on the factory bracket and then just use the largest bolt that can fit in there. Understand what i mean?
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Depending on the size hole in your OE bracket, you might get by with just a new trackbar like RE's 1600 that requires a bigger size bolt. It requires a 5/8" hole for its 5/8" bolt which might be big enough to get rid of the slop.
he needs the drop bracket though since he's running 5.5+" of lift. I think he just needs to weld the new RK bracket to the frame like you originally suggested. I don't understand about the slop in the old cast iron frame bracket though. RK tells us to drill that thing out anyways for a larger bolt. Maybe the bolt size being used is just a hair too small/narrow in diameter? maybe drill it out more then and install an even larger diameter bolt... still weld the new bracket to the frame though.
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or just give RK or Joe a call. lol, this can go on a long time. I think we're all basically coming to the same conclusion though... bolt is too small and weld new bracket to the frame.
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Now we're getting somewhere. I like the idea of drilling out the RK hole to match the drilled out hole of the factory part. Then getting the right size bolt to fit along with welding that sucker to the frame. That sounds bulletproof. Thanks and I'll let ya know how it comes out.

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