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Old 10-10-2010, 09:16 AM   #1
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front track bar with 2.5 inch lift

I got a 2.5 inch lift on my jeep. I am looking to center the front axle. What is the big different between the relocation bracket and the adjustable trackbar?

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I got a 2.5 inch lift on my jeep. I am looking to center the front axle. What is the big different between the relocation bracket and the adjustable trackbar?
Curious. Is there a value in centering it?

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well I would like to go the cheaper way but if the cheaper way suck then I'll go with the better way.
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Go with an adj TB. I would say JKS. You really should center the axle, its easy to do. I would stay away from the brackets front or rear. With 2.5 of lift it shouldnt be off center too much, just measure from the same spot on both sides(I used fender to the outside of tire) if there is for example 1" shift to the passenger side your axle should move back to drivers 1/2".
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Curious. Is there a value in centering it?
Yes there is. Its hard on all components of the suspension when off center. Helps keep things in line. 2" and under not really needed.
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Here are the compromises of using a bracket:
A bracket is a generic thing that moves the axle to where it MAY be centered. It's a best guess, based (hopefully) on average shift of the axle for that amount of lift.
Also, brackets, if poorly designed (see Rough Country), or not welded well, can and will snap off, potentially causing unsafe handling, crash, and/or damage. Not a good time.

An adjustable track bar allows you to TRULY center your axle. I'd still recommend a well-designed, well-welded bracket, as the extra stress on your factory bracket may cause it to bend or break if wheeled hard, or banged on rocks/stumps (or on the track bar itself, more likely).

Re-centering the axle helps avoid odd handling, steering issues, and wear and tear on the front end. You want it as close to center as possible- Mark W.
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Old 10-10-2010, 01:22 PM   #7
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Duke is right in general practice, but
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Every jeep comes off the production line "IN SPECS", but may be the axles are secured on the - or + side of the SPECS"-

With my 2.5" lift my axles are damn near dead ctr-my caster and lca's are still OK

Visually, all you can see is the obvious lift, but no OFF-CENTER, or LEAN--

Each jeep has to be evaluated on IT'S own


My tires wear straight/track straight/ and steer straight, so I luckily don't have to do any Trackbar/LCA changing or adjustment, but

Remember I said EACH jeep is different --checkitout-

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