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Old 02-06-2011, 01:39 PM   #1
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Lots of play in my steering

I've noticed the play in my steering getting worse and worse. This has been over 6 months time. It's gotten pretty hard to drive so I took it into my friends shop to look it over. It appears that the track bar bracket hole where the bolt goes thru has gotten worn into an oblong shape as opposed to a complete circle like it should be. They told me I need a new front axle...sigh. I've thought about either welding a new bracket on, or welding a plate on the front and back then redrilling a circular hole..getting a longer bolt then calling it a day. Anyone came across this?! Any suggestions or quick fixes that'll get me thru the winter?

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Old 02-06-2011, 01:44 PM   #2
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Or you could just weld a Washer that fits the bolt well to the bracket . I think their are some replacement rack bars that have you enlarge the hole for a larger bolt to match their track bar . Many easy options .

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Old 02-06-2011, 01:52 PM   #3
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So of that's the case and I weld on a washer would I have to replace the bushing within the track bar? They told me at my buddy's shop I'd have to replace the track bar also...no idea why..
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Old 02-06-2011, 01:55 PM   #4
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The welded washer should fix the hole . Without seeing the sleeve and bushing I could not say .
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Old 02-06-2011, 02:12 PM   #5
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I'll try to link pics soon, someone also suggested that on theirs the bolt was too small to begin with which would cause the same shifting effect within the track bar bracket.
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