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Old 05-20-2012, 12:19 PM   #1
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ahhh, help please

Lift is almost done but I'm a little nervous about drilling the hole for the front track bar. The way it lines up now I'm only moving it over 1/8" to 3/16". My concern is that there will be play in the brace b/c now the hole will be simply widened instead of just big enough for the bolt. Has anyone had this issue? Do I need to be this concerned about the hole being too big? I'm afraid that, over time, it'll just wear the bolt or the bracket out.

If this works then the following picture is of the hole alignment I'm referring to.

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:32 PM   #2
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Leave it the way it was it will be fine.

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Old 05-20-2012, 12:46 PM   #3
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The way it was? Unlifted? No way Jose! The track bar doesn't match up with the old hole, if the picture shows you can see the holes don't quite line up. So its either drill a new hole just to the right and live with the potential play or grind that brace off and reweld another...not a fan of that option...or hope that someone has had this issue and can point me in the righ direction.
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Old 05-20-2012, 12:58 PM   #4
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Don't half ass it. Either drill the hole correctly with enough of a gap for the new one, or take it down to the welder. I would really weld it personally. If your welding on the axle side you always need to replace the oil in your diff!
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Old 05-20-2012, 01:43 PM   #5
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Leave the bolt for the track bar in it's original hole. The 1/4 inch the axle is shifted over won't affect you one bit. Move the body over if you need to to get the bolt back into it's home. Or buy an adjustable track bar and replace what you have.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:08 PM   #6
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Do it right and buy an adjustable trackbar.
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Old 05-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #7
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So for the 2-300 spent what does it for him besides move the axle over 1/4 inch?
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If this works then the following picture is of the hole alignment I'm referring to.

What size Lift did you install? Is your axle centered when you took that picture? Are you sure?

While I would never in a million years recommend redrilling the TB mount... I've also not installed a lift that only moved the TB so little. Lowest I've lifted was 3". But I've done many Combo 2.5/1.5, 3", 3.5, 4", 6" and recently 8.
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Old 05-20-2012, 08:52 PM   #9
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Wedge a sturdy screw driver in there or something of the sort and Yank that bitch over. I have disconnectimg stuff from the axle because this always happens and I spend hours readjusting everything
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Wedge a sturdy screw driver in there or something of the sort and Yank that bitch over. I have disconnectimg stuff from the axle because this always happens and I spend hours readjusting everything
Yup, forcing shit into a bind without examining the situation and asking the right questions is absolutely the right way to go! Hell its just a jeep right?
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:46 PM   #11
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I'm with devil doc on this one. If it really bothers you cut an weld a new half of a mount. It's about a 45 minute job if you have a proficient welder.
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:08 AM   #12
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All done, b/w following these posts and calling a few buddies
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Old 05-21-2012, 07:22 AM   #13
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All done, b/w following these posts and calling a few buddies
Stupid phone, anyhow I realized after messing with the steering wheel that things were a little off. So I just had the wife turn the wheel until the holes lined up and presto! Took her for a test drive and nothing fell off or rattled so drove her in to work this morning. I haven't driven faster than 50 mph yet but she rides nice...actually better. No hands and she stayed true to the course.
I put a 3.25" lift with 33" BFG A/Ts on it. My first time so steep learning curve. Had lots of questions due mostly to the fact that I didn't really know what I was asking initially.
This forum is great though. Fairly quick responses and (thanks to not having the face to face conversation) most folks are quick to speak freely and share what is good or just down right stupid...I like that. Saves me time. I probably broke cardinal rules without realizing but will figure it out.
I will post the pictures I took this week. Thanks to all for the input along the way.

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