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Old 01-28-2013, 01:40 PM   #1
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So I was driving home the other night and death wobble hit me after a bump. In the attached picture is what I found. I believe it is a Steering stabilizer and the bushing completely snapped. Suggestions on where I go from here?
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:02 PM   #2
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That is not a steering stabilizer, it is your track bar. The track bar is what centers your axle under the Jeep, it looks aftermarket probably came with what ever lift you are running. Broken hardware and bushings need to be replaced before Jeep can safely be driven.


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Old 01-28-2013, 03:02 PM   #3
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Get new parts and repair it.
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Old 01-28-2013, 03:14 PM   #4
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Holy sh*t, man; that's your track bar! That's one "mission critical" piece right there, you need to get that shoulder bolt and misalignment washer replaced before turning the key again.

It looks like the tie rod end is still intact. Worst case scenario, you could hammer out the rusted remains of the snapped bolt and stitch it back together with a 5/8" grade 8 bolt to get from the side of the road to your driveway. In that case, i'd be in 2nd gear with my flashers on the whole way...
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Holy sh*t, man; that's your track bar! That's one "mission critical" piece right there, you need to get that shoulder bolt and misalignment washer replaced before turning the key again.

It looks like the tie rod end is still intact. Worst case scenario, you could hammer out the rusted remains of the snapped bolt and stitch it back together with a 5/8" grade 8 bolt to get from the side of the road to your driveway. In that case, i'd be in 2nd gear with my flashers on the whole way...
It happened at 2 am and I was 2 miles out. I drove it back to my drive way like that.
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I made it back safely with it only wobbling once more. Thanks for the help man. Do you know any part numbers or what part I'll need exactly? Do I have to replace the whole trackbar or just the shoulder bolt?
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That is not a steering stabilizer, it is your track bar. The track bar is what centers your axle under the Jeep, it looks aftermarket probably came with what ever lift you are running. Broken hardware and bushings need to be replaced before Jeep can safely be driven.

Thanks alot. I didn't see your comment the first time I checked. Was on my phone. I saw a similar diagram and it called it a stabilizer. Thanks alot.

Any ideas on how to get the rest of the bolt out?
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Are you sure it's even there? The bolt may have snapped and fallen out. If not a hammer and punch should do the trick.
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Are you sure it's even there? The bolt may have snapped and fallen out. If not a hammer and punch should do the trick.
Yes, it is there and in there good.
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Old 01-28-2013, 04:38 PM   #9
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If it is threaded try to remove it like you would any bolt.
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If it is threaded try to remove it like you would any bolt.
It seems threaded from looking at it. I'll try this when I get a chance. Thanks for the help.
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If it is threaded try to remove it like you would any bolt.
It was threaded and I got a socket on it and wrenched it out.

Any one have an idea where I can order that part from?

Or a part number/name?
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How about Quadratec or 4WD in their on-line stores?
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How about Quadratec or 4WD in their on-line stores?
I went up to jeepers den in bithlo/Orlando. They had the exact bolt needed and helped me with some other things as well. If any one is in that area, I would highly recommend paying there store a visit.

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