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Old 10-07-2010, 06:44 PM   #1
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Rear track bar HELP

Installed an OME rear track bar relocation bracket yesterday. What is the secret to putting the bolt through the differential track bar end? I was able to start the bolt from front to back but the track bar bushing is tilted and the bolt wont come through the back side of the bracket. The bolt hole wont line up. I have pryed, jacked, hammered used ratchet straps, and a large pipe wrench on the track bar to rotate it to line up the bolt hole. I even drove it approx. 10 miles today and the bracket stayed where it is and the bolt did not budge either. I can't even drive the bolt back out because the gas tank limits the room you have to work in. I'm not a novice mechanic as I was a front end mechanic for 23 years. Of course working at home and not having a lift makes things harder. Any advise out there?

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Do you have an aftermarket CV driveshaft that requires the axle be rotated to raise the pinion angle? That will tilt the trackbar's mounting bracket at an angle. Or was your OME trackbar relocation bracket designed for an axle running a CV driveshaft and your driveshaft is the factory driveshaft?

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First, Thanks for your quick reply. I have a factory driveshaft. The OME part does not specify which driveshaft. The package states Panhard Rod 45MM Extension TJ Left Hand Drive. The OME part number is FKWTJ02. The directions say nothing about which drive shaft.
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Try supporting the Jeep via the frame using jack stands so the axle is drooping fully down. Then use a floor jack to move the axle up or down which will vary the bracket angle which may help.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:31 PM   #5
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Thanks Jerry. It will be Saturday before I will have a chance to try and resolve this issue. I had the Jeep on jack stands and had trouble getting the diff. end of the track bar into the bracket. I re-read the directions and they stated to put the tires back on the vehicle and remove the jack stands. This was how I was able to get the diff. end into the bracket. All the jacking I tried after getting the bolt started was under the axle. I will try your suggestion. The reason I installed this bracket was due to the low price and I also installed a 2" BB. Everything else went smooth as silk until I had just one more bolt to install.
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I did this same exact thing today with the same exact part, I put the track bar end in BEFORE I put the tire on. That was actually the easiest part of the install for me. Everthing else was a PITA!!!!! I put the jeep on jack stands and jacked the Jeep by the pumpkin a little at a time, I put a thin screwdriver in the hole and lined it up and pushed the bolt right through. Maybe I was lucky

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