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Old 03-02-2011, 08:03 AM   #1
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Front track bar help

So I have my lift installed perfectly other than the fact that my mechanic didn't adjust the track bar in the front when he put it on, so my front passenger tire sticks out further from the finder than the drivers side. What do I need to do adjusting-wise? I know the problem is it isn't adjusted properly, but i dont know how to adjust it or what adjusting it actually does. I tried myself without any knowledge on this and me being dumb put a jack under the front axle then tried adjusting the track bar in the only spot i saw that seemed adjustable and realized that there's no way i'm going to adjust the track bar while the vehicle is being held up by what i'm adjusting lol..... so that was stupid, but yeah... Help?

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I read somewhere that i should take the trackbar off, steer it left and right until it looks as centered as possible and adjust it while putting it back on. Is this what im needing to do?

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A lot of how you center the axle depends on how your track bar is designed. There are a couple of designs and need to know what you have. Some adjust while on the vehicle similar to the drag link and some adjust by moving one of the end in or out and need to be disconnected to adjust. What type do you have?
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What type do you have?
I have the one in this kit, you can see the picture of the kit on the right.

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I believe i need to remove it, loosen the bolt on it, and then screw the end in further then re-tighten the bolt and put it back on.
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You're right. I would take it loose at the axle connection then jump on the front bumper to bounce (jounce) it to get it close. Again make sure your tires are turned straight ahead. I then measure from the center of the tire to the outside of the frame and do the same on the other side using the same measuring location on each side. Loosen the bolt and adj to fit the new location of the axle mount hole, replace the bolt and tighten to proper torque. You will have to adjust your drag link after to center steering wheel. Check it again after you drive it a while and re torque the bolts. should be much better.
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Ugh, so now i know how to do it, but i just got it aligned and the steering wheel straightened, i wont have to get it re-aligned right? And now it seems i'm going to have trouble getting the steering wheel straight again if you're right, bah... i got the play taken out of my steering wheel and everything and its perfect. is it going to mess that up too?
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It could potentially. Something you really to look at is if the track bar will hit the diff cover. At compression the track can hit the diff cover causing the bar to break. If this happens at highway speeds it can kill you because you will have very little control over the jeep. If the track bar is bent around the diff cover correctly than you are good. Read this: tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - JeepForum.com
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You don't have to get it realigned and you need to do the steering wheel adjustment yourself. It's very simple and quick. When you get your axle centered and the the track bar tight just drive back and a few yards and go straight forward, cut the engine, leave the key on to unlock the steering wheel, loosen the two bolts on the drag link adjustment link then turn the adjuster with a pair of channel locks till the steering wheel is straight. Then back up a few yards go straight forward again to see if it is correct and then re adjust or tight the two bolts and you are done. easy and something every jeep owner should learn to do.
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It could potentially. Something you really to look at is if the track bar will hit the diff cover. At compression the track can hit the diff cover causing the bar to break. If this happens at highway speeds it can kill you because you will have very little control over the jeep. If the track bar is bent around the diff cover correctly than you are good. Read this: tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - JeepForum.com
x2...only way to find out if it clears is to pull the springs out and push the axle up to full bump. If the shocks bottom out before the bumpstop cup makes contact, then you need more bumpstop extension. if the track bar hits the diff cover or the tie-rod, you need more bumpstop extension.

Drivers side flexed:



Doesn't look close does it?

Now lets look at full bump:





This setup clears the ZJ V8 tie-rod & modified diff cover and the track bar with 1-3/8" bumpstop, but is a great example of what would NOT work with stock bumpstop extension, or a straight tie-rod.
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Old 03-02-2011, 01:44 PM   #11
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Front Track Bar Help

I would think that you need to make your track bar longer if the drivers side is sticking out too far. I just finished my 4" Skyjacker lift and I put an adjustable Teraflex track bar on. When I put everything back on the ground my right tire stuck out too far. The Teraflex has an adjustment like a stock tie rod does so I did not need to remove the track bar, just turn the adjuster. As I said my right tire stuck out too far so I made the track bar shorter to pull the right side in.
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When centering it - wheels on the ground - you don't need to go through all the comical gyrations of jumping on it, pulling it, using a strap or?

Once the trackbar is disconnected at one end, simply turn the steering wheel till the axle is centered.
Then adjust the TB till it slips right on in.
Done, easy.

Then you'll probably have to adjust the drag link till the steering wheel is centered.
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It was sticking out too far on the passenger side. Took it to the shop I got my alignment and they worked on it for about an hour free of charge It's perfect now and rides even better.
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Excellent. Now enjoy and be careful.
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i used a ratcheting tie strap and pulled it till the holes lined up
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i used a ratcheting tie strap and pulled it till the holes lined up
That's is a great way to do it for a rear track bar but for the front you can turn the steering wheel and line it up quick and easy.

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