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Old 03-29-2013, 07:09 AM   #1
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What am I doing Wrong with Front Trackbar?

Put the front tires on last night after finishing my RE Express 3.5" lift. I already had the adjustable trackbar as long as I could make it without weakening the adjustable end. My driver's side tire is sticking out at least an inch further than the passenger side. I want to make the trackbar longer to pull the axle to the passenger side, correct? Seems pretty simple. Any ideas why my axle would be so far to the driver's side? I have no adjustment left on the track bar to make it longer.

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hey man, what track bar is it?

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:23 AM   #3
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It is the Rubicon Express adjustable that came with the lift kit.
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Many kits require to drill a new mounting hole on the axle side bracket, did you do that or does the kit require that?
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RE1600? (I think thats right anyways...)

Anways, where are you measuring from? I know you're saying it's sticking out an inch, but are you measuring from the frame rails to the inner lip of the rim or...? With the TB being extended fully it doesn't make much sense that you'd still be that far out on the driver's side. (yes, hence your question) Are you adjusting and measuring with weight on the front end?
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Many kits require to drill a new mounting hole on the axle side bracket, did you do that or does the kit require that?
Think that's only if using the stocker; I'm pretty sure. Probably the reason he got the adjustable one as well; why I got my JKS.

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Did you also install adj control arms? If so those could be pulling or pushing the axle making it not line up as it should if they are not set correctly as well as I recall from a past install ALso never drill a new track bar bolt hole.. that can cause issues and be a source for death wobble.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:08 AM   #8
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Can you post a couple pics of the front end/ track bar? Maybe we can see something from here.
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Did you also install adj control arms? If so those could be pulling or pushing the axle making it not line up as it should if they are not set correctly as well as I recall from a past install ALso never drill a new track bar bolt hole.. that can cause issues and be a source for death wobble.
Drilling a new track bar hole shouldn't be an issue IF the bracket has been reinforced with a plate welded on to the front side of it.
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Are you adjusting and measuring with weight on the front end?
That's the big one! At full droop, the track bar is going to pull the axle a few inches to the driver's side. You need to do your centering with the Jeep on the ground and suspension fully loaded.
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That's the big one! At full droop, the track bar is going to pull the axle a few inches to the driver's side. You need to do your centering with the Jeep on the ground and suspension fully loaded.

Yep, that'd do it. Good call.
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Guy's, thanks for all the quick replies. Let me try to answer a few questions, no drilling was done except to enlarge the mounting hole on the frame side. you just drill the hole out one size. It is an adjustable RE track bar. My original measured 31 1/4" center of mounting hole to center of mounting bolt. This one the way it is adjusted is 32" center to center. That should be enough to center the axle after a 3.5" lift. I have the front end on the ground, but the rear end is on jack stands. Also the Jeep is not level. I have the rear jack stands down a bit so the Jeep is leaning towards the rear. I also just noticed the toe in is messed up on the passenger side. Making it look worse than it is? This RE kit has adjustable upper control arms, the lowers are not adjustable. Maybe I need to put the rear tires on, get it level, and fix the toe in on the passenger side and drive it around the block and come back and remeasure from the frame. Sounds like a plan.
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Yep, I'd go ahead and put it together, set the toe, drive it a little, then measure again.
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Thanks for the input guys. I put it on the floor on all 4 tires and fixed the toe in and all looks good now. Made sense that I did not have all of the correct weight on the front with the rear still on jack stands. Again, thanks for the input.
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Many kits require to drill a new mounting hole on the axle side bracket...
Not when there is an adjustable length track bar being installed.

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