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Old 03-27-2008, 12:58 AM   #1
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Clunky Track Bar

I've got the RE1600 track bar from my 4.5 kit and it's starting to clunk around again. I'm not so sure I like the hiem joint on the end of it any more... and it seems like I have to tighten it back up every few weeks as well as lube it up.

Any options as to a new adjustable track bar that will work after the stock location was drilled out(5/8) for the RE bar?

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Get a JKS track bar with the upgraded johnny joint end from currie. They have a 5/8" bolt option for the jeep speed guys.


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Ah - I didn't know about the upgrade, because I was looking at the JKS but the standard bolt is too small.

Thanks Mr.C - I'll look into it.
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What about just swapping out the hiem for a JJ? The RE bar has a 3/4 thread, and I'm guessing that it's a right hand, I could just order up a $30 JJ instead of a whole new bar.
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Best to know for sure before you buy a JJ and it doesn't fit. That JJ is 39.95 plus shipping. That's if they have them in stock. They are a hard item to get. There is a pretty good chance they are the same size but I'd measure the TPI on your heim joint first to be sure they match up.


But there is a different problem over the heim joint. The stock track bar mount is tapered like this /\. Drilling out the hole for a 5/8" bolt doesn't get rid of the taper. You still need a better way to get the bolt to stay centered. JKS figured that out. RE didn't. In my honest opinion the RE1600 is on the very bottom of the bad list for lift suspension parts. And there is tons of bad stuff out there. I'd ditch the whole thing and do it right.
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Best to know for sure before you buy a JJ and it doesn't fit. That JJ is 39.95 plus shipping. That's if they have them in stock. They are a hard item to get. There is a pretty good chance they are the same size but I'd measure the TPI on your heim joint first to be sure they match up.


But there is a different problem over the heim joint. The stock track bar mount is tapered like this /\. Drilling out the hole for a 5/8" bolt doesn't get rid of the taper. You still need a better way to get the bolt to stay centered. JKS figured that out. RE didn't. In my honest opinion the RE1600 is on the very bottom of the bad list for lift suspension parts. And there is tons of bad stuff out there. I'd ditch the whole thing and do it right.
my time is coming soon for an adj. track bar as well.
so is JKS the way to go?
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Have you thought about going to the heavier-duty RE 1610 trackbar? You would have to go to a dropped Pitman arm if you installed the 1610 though.
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my time is coming soon for an adj. track bar as well.
so is JKS the way to go?
That is usually the only track bar I recommend to people. It is very high quality with a company that stands behind it 100%. There are plenty of capable companies making track bars. Just been my experience that JKS is the product people have the least problems with. I've run it in my junk in the past,(when I ran track bars), and currently have both front and rear adjustable track bars on my wifes jeep. They are an excellent product.
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I don't like the RE trac bars as I've seen way too many of them taco right on the bends. The materials are not very strong. If you are in need of a replacement trac bar I'd look at either the JKS or RK.
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Hmm... looks like I might go with a JKS, but I'll need the upgraded JJ for the 5/8" bolt.

Jack - is the RK bar adjustable?

I'm thinking I want to replace the rear stock bar as well, I was looking at my tires today when leaving work, and looks like they are sticking to the passenger side a bit farther.
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Yeah, RK does make an adjustable bar.

Remember those pics of us on Ecstacy trail welding? That was on Lances 1610 RE trac bar.
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I'm not going to get another RE bar.

I'm thinking about getting a rear JKS first because the rear axle seems to have shifted to the passenger side, although the bracket looks to be in good shape, so I don't know what is up with that.
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I'm not going to get another RE bar.

I'm thinking about getting a rear JKS first because the rear axle seems to have shifted to the passenger side, although the bracket looks to be in good shape, so I don't know what is up with that.
Well with a stock trac bar and 3.5" of lift it's going to shift over to the passenger side in the rear and the driver side in the front. That's why you got the adjustable in the front.
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I thought the bracket took care of the shifting part? Or just to fix the rotated axle?
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I thought the bracket took care of the shifting part? Or just to fix the rotated axle?
You are right. There's really nothing that can fix the axle positioning except a longer bar or a triangulated rear setup.
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Shoot - then I'm just tossing money at it again.

But I'd definitely like to get a new front bar... does RK make one without the need of a drop?
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Shoot - then I'm just tossing money at it again.

But I'd definitely like to get a new front bar... does RK make one without the need of a drop?
I wouldn't say that. With the way you have your rig setup and the wheeling you do an adjustable rear trac bar will work out very well for you.

And honestly I don't know about that. I haven't ever messed with any of the short arm lifts that would use it. Give Joe or Todd a call about it if you are looking to go that way. Those JKS would also work great for you both F&R and would also have a good resale value to them when you upgraded to something different.
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Yeah - I'm thinking JKS f&r.... now I need to find that 5/8" bolt JJ upgrade for the front bar.
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That is usually the only track bar I recommend to people. It is very high quality with a company that stands behind it 100%. There are plenty of capable companies making track bars. Just been my experience that JKS is the product people have the least problems with. I've run it in my junk in the past,(when I ran track bars), and currently have both front and rear adjustable track bars on my wifes jeep. They are an excellent product.

good to know thank you sir !
as far as the jj does it come as an option or do you have to get it some where else ?
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Yeah - I'm thinking JKS f&r.... now I need to find that 5/8" bolt JJ upgrade for the front bar.

Call Chris at Currie.
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good to know thank you sir !
as far as the jj does it come as an option or do you have to get it some where else ?
The joint on the frame side of a JKS track bar is a johnny joint. They come standard with a 9/16" greasable bolt. Currie has johnny joint guts that fit inside their standard housings. Just uses a 5/8" bolt.
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