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Old 09-14-2009, 07:06 PM   #1
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Track bar woes

i was jacking up my front axle to put on my lift kit, and the floor jack slipped off the axle and the front of the jeeps weight fell down onto the track bar, it dosent look bent, or anymore bent than normal, but what would happen if it was? what kind of strees can the track bar and its mount on the driver side sustain? none of that stuff looks bent, but im wondering how i would know if it slightly was. How much and where would i get a new track bar? im putting on 2 inches of lift BTW. -Thanks

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Old 09-14-2009, 07:39 PM   #2
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if i were to take i guess id say you didnt hurt it but a pic would help to tell if you really did or not.

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Old 09-14-2009, 07:42 PM   #3
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The front track bar centers the axle under the body. You'll notice that one end of the track bar is located on the passenger side of the axle and the other end is mounted to the drivers side frame. If it was bent more than it is from the factory, your front axle won't be centered under the body. Put a yard stick up along your front tires and measure to the fender. Do this on both sides and this will give you some idea where you are. You can probably find one pretty cheap on eBay if you needed to.
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Put a yard stick up along your front tires and measure to the fender. Do this on both sides and this will give you some idea where you are. You can probably find one pretty cheap on eBay if you needed to.
Oh dear and bugger. Sounds like my new 96 TJ that I just bought has this issue. It was missing the front body mount under the radiator. Tried to relocate it but no way no how. The whole body appears to be over by an inch to the left and the RH strut tower is 1 inch closer to the body than the left. Drives VERY well and straight no death wobble etc . Have been trying to find why
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Old 09-15-2009, 12:50 AM   #5
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Now that i have the tie rod off, its slightly bent up and in as well, just barely though. Im thinking about replacing the tie rod with a fatter one, and leaving the track bar as is unless it causes problems. With the track bar being bent from the start, seems to not be as big of an issue as a normally strait tie rod having a slight bow and possible flex in it from that.

It looks like somebody tried to push over a small tree or something and ride over it flexing the tie rod up and back a bit.
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Old 09-15-2009, 09:45 AM   #6
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2" of lift and your getting closer to the point where you would need to get an adjustable track bar. If you do still have problems with the track bar after replacing your tie rod grab an adjustable one, also save you the trouble of getting one later if you decide to go with a bigger lift later on.

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