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Old 08-23-2012, 08:55 AM   #1
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Track Bar bushing

I could use any and all tips on replacing the passenger side bushing (frame end) on my '04 TJ Track Bar. My TJ is stock with no lift and the existing Track Bar is one piece bar.

There's definite side-to-side movement at that spot but the driver's side connection appears to be tight. My plan is to only change the passenger side bushing if that makes sense.

What bushing do I want to buy as a replacement? This one? or This one? or This one?

I'll be doing this in my garage and want to make things as easy as possible. Questions:

(1) Will the frame end connection drop down enough to do the replacement work while the axle end remains tight and untouched?
(2) Does the TJ need to be on stands while I do this work?
(3) What's the best way to re-align the holes in the frame bracket once the bushings are replaced?

Thanks for all the great advice.

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Old 08-23-2012, 08:58 AM   #2
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Your prolly going to have to take the track bar off just to make your life easier. If you don't have a press then you can hit it with a torch and burn it out. Or you can just buy a ready to install track bar for less than $40 like I did last night!

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Old 08-23-2012, 09:02 AM   #3
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I enjoy burning those bushings out, pulling the remaining sleeve out, and putting a new bushing in. But stock track bars are throw-away items. Just go get a new one. You can probably bet the TRE on the frame side isn't too far off from wearing out.
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Old 08-23-2012, 09:56 AM   #4
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Or you can just buy a ready to install track bar for less than $40 like I did last night!
I notice track bars are priced all over the place. Could there be that much difference in quality between these items? For instance, here's one by Moog and here's one by Mevotech and here's one by JCWhitney (?).

The list goes on.

Also, when you buy the replacement Track Bar are all the parts you need for the install included ... that is, other than tools and skinned knuckles?

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Old 10-18-2012, 09:17 AM   #5
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I could use any and all tips on replacing the passenger side bushing (frame end) on my '04 TJ Track Bar. My TJ is stock with no lift and the existing Track Bar is one piece bar.

There's definite side-to-side movement at that spot but the driver's side connection appears to be tight. My plan is to only change the passenger side bushing if that makes sense.

What bushing do I want to buy as a replacement? This one? or This one? or This one?

I'll be doing this in my garage and want to make things as easy as possible. Questions:

(1) Will the frame end connection drop down enough to do the replacement work while the axle end remains tight and untouched?
(2) Does the TJ need to be on stands while I do this work?
(3) What's the best way to re-align the holes in the frame bracket once the bushings are replaced?

Thanks for all the great advice.
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I have a worn axle side track bar bushing as well.

What's the best track bar out there?

Do you need an expensive one to do the same job?

Prowler has some good questions on how-to.
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Old 10-18-2012, 09:25 AM   #6
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The Currie 9120TJJ is the best off-the-shelf track bar available. The track bar is not a place you want to skimp on.
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Old 10-18-2012, 10:36 AM   #7
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Prowler has some good questions on how-to.
Once I removed the frame end of my existing trackbar, it was easy to see the wallowed out hole on the frame bracket. The old trackbar was still in good shape. Er .... with the exception of the old bolt which had been re-sized by all the movement.

I drilled a tight hole in a 1/4 inch plate then welded it over the wallowed out hole, then bought a new hardened bolt. Took the new trackbar back to the auto store for a refund.
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The track bar is not a place you want to skimp on.
Dig it...
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:44 PM   #9
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The Currie 9120TJJ is the best off-the-shelf track bar available. The track bar is not a place you want to skimp on.
One more question...do you really need a fully adjustable track bar on a TJ?

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Old 10-18-2012, 05:00 PM   #10
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You should be able to answer that question.....it's very obvious.
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Old 10-18-2012, 05:28 PM   #11
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You should be able to answer that question.....it's very obvious.
Yes, I should, but I'm new at this so cut me a little slack..

The jeep I bought was already lifted. I didn't do the work. So if has what I believe is a 3" Zone Offroad lift it either has an adjustable track bar (it doesn't) or the brackets had to be relocated.

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