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Old 03-23-2013, 03:19 PM   #1
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Track Bar Death Wobble

Well, After reading about death wobble CAUSES, I finally figured out that the bushings and ball joint on my track bar are bad (thank you planman for the diagnostic videos).

However, I now realize that I don't have a stock track bar. The track bar appears to be adjustable and, therefore, I assume that I can replace just the ball joint rather than the entire track bar (of course I need to get the bushings for the other side as well).

Can anyone help with the identification of this track bar? I don't see any manufacturer markings on it so I am a bit lost.
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Old 03-23-2013, 04:07 PM   #2
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Sorry, I have nothing to add to your post, but those are some crazy looking control arms? Who makes those?

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Old 03-23-2013, 04:13 PM   #3
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What kind of control arms are those. They look scary
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What kind of control arms are those. They look scary
Those scary control arms are rancho I believe. The track bar looks like a rough country.
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Old 03-23-2013, 05:59 PM   #5
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Yes, the control arms are Rancho.

Thanks for the ID as a rough country track bar. I guess that I can google that to find the replacement ball joint?
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Can anyone help with the identification of this track bar? I don't see any manufacturer markings on it so I am a bit lost.
it's a diff smasher.

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Old 03-23-2013, 07:33 PM   #7
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Are you certain? It doesn't appear to be that close to the diff cover.
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Old 03-23-2013, 07:45 PM   #8
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Pull the springs and jack the axle up to full bump. I'd bet the track bar hits the diff cover. I see you do have bump stop extensions, but not sure they're enough.
Also not sure about your death wobble, but I'd bet that dropped pitman arm along with stock track bar mounting locations are causing bump steer.
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Old 03-23-2013, 09:15 PM   #9
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x2... def ditch the dropped pitman arm and put back on stock, the drag link angle will be better.. i have the same adj track bar, and the nut stripped out, recommend welding it into place so it can not be adjustable anymore, and doesnt look like you have enough grease in that tie rod end on the track bar..., got death wobble scary as hell cause of a stripped rough country adj track bar nut.. welded it, no problems since... also all new exhaust and other fun expenses related to severe death wobble
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Are you certain? It doesn't appear to be that close to the diff cover.
100% certain. you have a big mark in your diff cover. smashing the track bar into the diff cover is what killed your track bar ends.



you have a major clearance problem, even with the giant aluminum bumpstop extensions already bolted to the spring pad. you need a different track bar that fits - I'd suggest a Currie TJS or TJJ model from Savvy Offroad, or a JKS. Currie is the better choice, IMHO.

read here: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/tj...it-fit-738948/

also, as previously stated, that drop pitman arm is crap and needs to be replaced with a stock pitman arm.
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I couldn't tell if that mark was from track bar impact, or just a grease spot.
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Old 03-24-2013, 02:47 PM   #12
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Didn't realize that was an aftermarket pitman arm...was on the Jeep when I bought it.
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So, I had emailed Rough Country based on the identification by Mass TJ. Their response..."buy a new track bar".

Thanks guys! Great customer service. You can bet the new track bar will be from Currie or JKS.

Are both Currie and JKS a direct bolt on solution? Or will I need to re-drill holes?
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So, I had emailed Rough Country based on the identification by Mass TJ. Their response..."buy a new track bar".

Thanks guys! Great customer service. You can bet the new track bar will be from Currie or JKS.

Are both Currie and JKS a direct bolt on solution? Or will I need to re-drill holes?
The frame side bracket has to be drilled out. JKS has two options, you drill either 9/16", or 5/8" for their "heavy duty" unit. The Currie also requires 5/8", and the axle bracket drilled to 1/2".
I chose the JKS OGS126 that requires 9/16". It removes very little material, and in my opinion, a stock tapered stud track bar could still be used.
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I had the same type of clearance issues you're having. I had a Skyjacker track bar and it was a diff masher as well. I decided to go with the currie TJJ track bar and couldn't be happier.

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The thing about clearancing is once you get one part to clear you usually find the next part to hit.
If you want to see what I did to get clearance in my front end you can check out my build thread.
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/marc...-221479-2.html
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The frame side bracket has to be drilled out. JKS has two options, you drill either 9/16", or 5/8" for their "heavy duty" unit. The Currie also requires 5/8", and the axle bracket drilled to 1/2".
I chose the JKS OGS126 that requires 9/16". It removes very little material, and in my opinion, a stock tapered stud track bar could still be used.
Did the JKS track bar clear your diff cover? I'm thinking of getting the JKS TB as well.
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Did the JKS track bar clear your diff cover? I'm thinking of getting the JKS TB as well.
I haven't pulled the springs and pushed it to full bump yet as I'm waiting on new shocks to get here, but I've seen pics and claims that it'll clear with 2" bump stops, even shorter with the ZJ tie rod, which I have...\

And right now I have about 2 1/2" bump stops, but I'll probably be able to reduce that to 2" with my new shocks, if the tire still stays out of the fender.
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This is the JKS track bar with stock tie rod, and 2" bump stops. Not mine.

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I have BDS 2" springs and OME shocks, and I have somewhere between 1.5 to 1.75 of bump stop in the front and rear. I have the Crown HD Steering Kit with the ZJ bent tie rod, and the track bar is making contact with the ODC diff cover. I was wondering if the JKS would provide more clearance over the stock TB. If not, I'm going to remove the ODC diff cover and go back to stock or maybe the Barnett cover.


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I haven't pulled the springs and pushed it to full bump yet as I'm waiting on new shocks to get here, but I've seen pics and claims that it'll clear with 2" bump stops, even shorter with the ZJ tie rod, which I have...\

And right now I have about 2 1/2" bump stops, but I'll probably be able to reduce that to 2" with my new shocks, if the tire still stays out of the fender.
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That's pretty close. Maybe the ZJ tie rod would provide enough clearance.


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This is the JKS track bar with stock tie rod, and 2" bump stops. Not mine.

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I have BDS 2" springs and OME shocks, and I have somewhere between 1.5 to 1.75 of bump stop in the front and rear. I have the Crown HD Steering Kit with the ZJ bent tie rod, and the track bar is making contact with the ODC diff cover. I was wondering if the JKS would provide more clearance over the stock TB. If not, I'm going to remove the ODC diff cover and go back to stock or maybe the Barnett cover.
I had to go back to stock.
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Maybe I'll get a skid or a guard for the bottom half.

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Another question...since the track bar is bad at both ends, should I assume that the axle side mounting hole is ovaled? If so, does that change potential replacement bar? The bar shifts on the axle side a little bit which is how I was able to diagnose as DW contributor.
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Another question...since the track bar is bad at both ends, should I assume that the axle side mounting hole is ovaled? If so, does that change potential replacement bar? The bar shifts on the axle side a little bit which is how I was able to diagnose as DW contributor.
I have no experience with the JKS bar but for the TJJ the housing mount is drilled out to 1/2".


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So I guess it depends on how distorted the hole is. Or you can cut and weld a cover plate on the mount and re-drill. UnlimitedLJ04 has a nice pic of that. I think a write up to.
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Or you can cut and weld a cover plate on the mount and re-drill. UnlimitedLJ04 has a nice pic of that. I think a write up to.
i'm a big fan of welding a piece of 1/8" over the stock axle side mount. I did it on my HP D30, and would recommend it to everyone....regardless of track bar.
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i'm a big fan of welding a piece of 1/8" over the stock axle side mount. I did it on my HP D30, and would recommend it to everyone....regardless of track bar.
I will be doing this when I install my axle housing JJ kit. I'll have the welder right there, no more excuses lol.
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Yep, made an 1/8" plate for mine..
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How much play is there around the axle-side bolt? I removed the existing Track Bar to see if it was ovaled...it was not. But there is some play around that bolt, is that normal? I just don't know how tight the tolerances are supposed to be on that part.
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How much play is there around the axle-side bolt? I removed the existing Track Bar to see if it was ovaled...it was not. But there is some play around that bolt, is that normal? I just don't know how tight the tolerances are supposed to be on that part.
It's probably a bad bushing. I'm in for this question as well, just found my track bar is loose too
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Okay...bought the JKS. Now the problem is that I have broken TWO 9/16" bits trying to enlarge the hole. The only bits at Home Depot are Milwaulkee in a 9/16". Seriously, broke two. Guess I will see what Lowes has, but these are supposed to drill steel.

Any ideas??

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