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Old 10-28-2013, 04:47 PM   #1
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Trackbar question

Hey guys. I've been seeing a lot of debates about the removal of track bars. As of right now my YJ is stock. I only plan on installing a small shackle lift and some bigger tires for now. Did any of you guys remove your trackbars while your jeep was still close to stock? Just front? Rear? Both? How'd it work out? Thanks

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Old 10-28-2013, 05:06 PM   #2
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I just removed my front the other day and oh man did it improve my ride. I do have a 4" lift so don't know how different it would be for you. I just removed the front and left the rear in place. Hope this helps!

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Old 10-28-2013, 07:56 PM   #3
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Why do you want to remove it? If you go off-road and need more articulation that would be one reason, if you’re just looking to soften your ride and most of your driving is on the highway, that would not be a good reason, there are other options.

In your case I don't know if I would remove the TB. One of the things that putting after market springs does is tighten up the suspension, as the springs are normally stiffer as are the new shocksi. In your case you would have the softer springs and shocks without the benefit of the TB possibly leading to too much body roll.

In your case I would make sure the shackles are loose enough to move freely, the TB bushings are lubed and the bar moves easily, and see how it rides. If you decide to remove the TB, I suggest removing the rear bar first as it has the least affect. Then try the front.

As was said in the other thread doing this requires the understanding that on road high speed maneuvers may be compromised, so drive accordingly.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:00 PM   #4
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Thanks for the advice!
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:20 PM   #5
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Taking it off will make your ride softer, you'll flex better, your suspension wont bind up while its trying to do its natural thing. The sway bars will keep the body roll down, the track bar doesn't help with body roll....I've had mine off for over 4 years with no negative effects what so ever. They were put on to shush the hippies claiming that jeeps were prone to roll overs but this is simply un-true, the leaf springs do a great job of keeping the axle centered left and right and need no help from a track bar.
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Old 10-28-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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Also I drive on the highway and a lot of windy roads often and I have to drive too and from the trails, just drove over an hour on Saturday on the highway to a trail and over a windy mountain pass and have done this many times.
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Also I drive on the highway and a lot of windy roads often and I have to drive too and from the trails, just drove over an hour on Saturday on the highway to a trail and over a windy mountain pass and have done this many times.
Honestly I'm a college student and I do alot of driving, and I also don't have a lot of money for a ton of upgrades. I was just gonna get a small lift and some 31" tires. I just want a smoother ride. I don't plan on doing a lot of offroading since I live in the city (maybe just a few muddy trails at most).
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For your own safety please try what I suggested first. Make sure your shackle bolts are loose enough to allow movement, since your getting new ones go for greasable shackles. They should have nylon locking bolts and a general rule is 45-50# torque. Also don't torque them down till they have the weight of the jeep on them and you bounce it a couple times. Grease the bushings on the track bar and sway bars and give it a test drive. If you're not happy you can always pull the TB, but start with the rear and test drive it again. Still not happy pull the front. Good Luck
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For your own safety please try what I suggested first. Make sure your shackle bolts are loose enough to allow movement, since your getting new ones go for greasable shackles. They should have nylon locking bolts and a general rule is 45-50# torque. Also don't torque them down till they have the weight of the jeep on them and you bounce it a couple times. Grease the bushings on the track bar and sway bars and give it a test drive. If you're not happy you can always pull the TB, but start with the rear and test drive it again. Still not happy pull the front. Good Luck
I will do just that! Thanks for all your help
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I have a 1 1/4" shackle lift and have removed my rear trac bar. Much better ride!! Just don't forget that it is removed if u do take it off. Also I'm running 31's and they rub the leaf springs. I am running the factory wheel. So u might consider a wheel with a different offset/backspace.
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I have a 1 1/4" shackle lift and have removed my rear trac bar. Much better ride!! Just don't forget that it is removed if u do take it off. Also I'm running 31's and they rub the leaf springs. I am running the factory wheel. So u might consider a wheel with a different offset/backspace.
Okay thanks for the heads up! Anything you could suggest measurement wise?
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Well I'm told a 3.75" backspace will work. But I haven't tried it yet.
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Okay I'll definitely have to look into that. Thanks again for the advice!
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I have a '93 Wrangler with 31's and a 1" shackle lift. I plan on adding a 2" suspension lift as soon as I can re-appropriate the funds. I did remove both front and rear track bars, as well as my anti-sway bar. Yes it drives better. No, it is not unsafe, but then, I drive it like a jeep, not a rice-burning go-cart. It is my daily driver and I take it off-road occasionally (not near enough tho). Does it roll and sway down the highway? No. Does it feel squirley or ready to flip over in a tight curve? Not at all. There is a noticeable difference in handling, but I feel it's for the better. It fits my driving style.
Take 'em off, drive for a bit, see how it feels. Unless you end up cutting them off, you can always replace. If not, I have a set sitting in my shed....
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I have a '93 Wrangler with 31's and a 1" shackle lift. I plan on adding a 2" suspension lift as soon as I can re-appropriate the funds. I did remove both front and rear track bars, as well as my anti-sway bar. Yes it drives better. No, it is not unsafe, but then, I drive it like a jeep, not a rice-burning go-cart. It is my daily driver and I take it off-road occasionally (not near enough tho). Does it roll and sway down the highway? No. Does it feel squirley or ready to flip over in a tight curve? Not at all. There is a noticeable difference in handling, but I feel it's for the better. It fits my driving style.
Take 'em off, drive for a bit, see how it feels. Unless you end up cutting them off, you can always replace. If not, I have a set sitting in my shed....
Exactly what I was looking to hear. Thanks man!
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