Remove the track bars or keep them? I already removed the rear track bar in my 93 YJ, and was wondering if I should do the same in the front. I already have the sway bars disconnected, new leaf springs and shocks, and the front has a locker. I only drive my jeep off road unless my truck breaks down, which is rare. What do you guys think? I'm running on 31's and about 2.5 inches of lift.
I don't do much on road driving with it. Maybe a little bit in town here and there but no highways. If I remove the front one will there be too much body movement now? If I'm off roading and go over a steep edge will the body and everything be fine. I know the track bar puts stress on the frame? Just wondering if im more likely to break things or what?
If it's primarily your off road vehicle I would definitely take them off. Enjoy more flex.
I've been running mine without tracks or sways for 6 years, and it's a partial DD. I get around on the street just fine when I need to, but the extra articulation on the trail is where the real benefit is.
Originally Posted by wmpiehl
Haha, just don't let Mitch teach you how to wheel, he is really scary
Pardon the noob question, but what's the use of a track bar on a leaf sprung vehicle?
I understand their purpose on coil or link suspension, but I've never seen a track bar used with leafs before the YJ and I've owned numerous trucks and SUVs that had leaf springs. The only reason I can think of is axle wrap, but there are much simpler (not to mention cheaper) ways to control that...
Your jeep will not handle as well on the road.
Sudden turns won't turn out well. (Your springs will load up then let loose to fast/hard)
The same will happen if you over correct in a slide.
When the deer jumps out in front you'll probably hit it or roll over trying to miss it.
You'll have more body roll (jeeps only)
If you live somewhere with safety inspections you will fail.
mine have been off for about 2 years now, haven't noticed any negative effects at all, removing them will give you some more articulation which will give you better performance off road..... but that is also tough to notice...
After pulling them and doing some driving and getting used to the manners getting in and driving a normal truck/car/jeep may be more dangerous. You get used to the body roll and then get into a rig with tight steering. You don't "need" them per say, It's your jeep do what ya want, tomato tomaaato.