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Old 08-25-2012, 11:22 AM   #1
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Death Wobble!

So i have come across the dreaded DW! Found its the Track bar. Question should i just go ahead and replace the track bar? or just replace the bushing on my current track bar?

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Old 08-25-2012, 11:52 AM   #2
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If the tie rod end is tight then just the bushing needs to be replaced. Replace the whole bar if the tie rod end has any play.

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Old 08-25-2012, 01:20 PM   #3
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I just went through the same thing. For me, a new prosteer track bar from Pep Boys was $64.99. Others might be cheaper and better but that was what was available. If I decided to only change the bushings, they were $13.00. Much cheaper for the busing replacements, but many more times the hassle. I opted to spend the extra dollars for a new track bar.

Once my old track bar was removed, I saw that my frame mounting bracket hole was wallowed out and that the #10 bolt was compromised. Lots of movement there. I couldn't see any problem with the old track bar bushing but I could see how there could be 2 - 3 cm movement simply with that wallowed out hole.

So, I used a super tight fitting HD washer on a new hardened #10 bolt and put things back together using the old track bar. Then I welded that washer to the mounting bracket so there could be no play as a result of that enlarged hole. So far, no more movement at that point.

I returned the new track bar.
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Old 08-25-2012, 11:25 PM   #4
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Would it be possible for you to show me a picture what you did? Welding the washer sounds tempting, just gotta find someone to do it. Also was it hard to remove the bushing? I have the adjustable track bar and I'm sure it needs to be readjusted, would you know how to go about properly adjusting it?
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Would it be possible for you to show me a picture what you did? Welding the washer sounds tempting, just gotta find someone to do it. Also was it hard to remove the bushing? I have the adjustable track bar and I'm sure it needs to be readjusted, would you know how to go about properly adjusting it?
Adjusting the track bar is really simple. Assuming your control arm bushings are in good shape the suspension is gonna center itself with the track bar disconnected. Then just adjust the length of the bar until the mounting bolt will go with out forcing it.
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Old 08-26-2012, 10:16 AM   #6
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Would it be possible for you to show me a picture what you did? Welding the washer sounds tempting, just gotta find someone to do it. Also was it hard to remove the bushing? I have the adjustable track bar and I'm sure it needs to be readjusted, would you know how to go about properly adjusting it?
If you ever come down to the northern part of San Diego county, I can weld/repair it for you at no charge.

Adjusting the track bar length is easier than most would guess. Once the track bar is disconnected, the TJ's coil springs will self-center the Jeep over the axles. Jump up and down on the front bumper to assist it in doing so. Then simply adjust the length of the track bar so its mounting bolt hole lines up with the mounting bracket's bolt hole and insert the bolt. That's all there is to adjusting its length.
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Old 08-26-2012, 11:27 AM   #7
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Oh well lol right now I'm living in Florida, if not I would of made a trip down there. It sounds too easy. Hopefully I can get it fixed before I send it to Hawaii.
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Would it be possible for you to show me a picture what you did?
Sure. Just remember it's strictly amateur!
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Old 08-29-2012, 05:54 PM   #9
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It looks good from the looks of it lol, but then, again I'm no professional welder. As long as it works right? I just need to find a place in the area that can fix it.
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I just need to find a place in the area that can fix it.
If you think you have a similar issue with your bracket as mine, you might take it to your local muffler shop and see if they would weld the washer to the bracket - assuming you already had the new washer in place.

Since we're talking a couple of minutes work for someone with welding know-how, you can probably get it done for $20 .... or a case of beer.
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But But But - the self styled magician "expert on everything" from Black Magic says DW cannot be caused by the worn out hole.
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Old 08-30-2012, 06:30 AM   #12
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But But But - the self styled magician "expert on everything" from Black Magic says DW cannot be caused by the worn out hole.
He needs to watch planman's video on DW trackbar bolt fix :


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