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Old 01-31-2010, 07:53 PM
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Lift Question- Trackbar/drop bracket/drop pitman vs. trackbar only

I've been looking at lifts and doing a lot of reading up on here and other forums. I'm looking at lifts in the 4" range and I have a question. From what I've read regarding trackbars and steering geometry, it's use both the drop bracket AND drop pitman arm or NEITHER. I've noticed that some lifts (such as Currie and Rubicon Express) have an adjustable trackbar but no drop pitman arm or drop bracket while other lifts (such as Rough Country and Rock Krawler) come with an adjustable trackbar, drop pitman arm, and drop bracket.

So is there a specific advantage/disadvantage to using the drop bracket and drop pitman arm? I can't see a company like Currie NOT using them if it was better TO use them. To me, it almost seems like using the bracket would add a weak point to the mounts. Plus I've read many posts that say the drop bracket constantly comes loose and causes death wobble and other issues.

The advantage I see in not using the drop bracket/drop pitman arm is:
-easier installation (less parts to install)
-not having to drill into the frame
-possible elimination of a weak link?

So for you guys that are knowledgeable about this stuff....what gives? Which is the better setup? Any specific advantages/disadvantages to one or the other? Thanks.
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Old 01-31-2010, 07:59 PM   #2
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Some extra-heavy track bars require a dropped mounting bracket which if installed and as you noted, then requires a dropped Pitman arm. But geometry-wise, there's no real advantage to that for most lift heights.

I started with a stock pitman/trackbar, went to a dropped RE trackbar which required a dropped Pitman arm, and I'm now back to a standard non-dropped trackbar & a non-dropped Pitman arm again with my most recent mods. Recent mods made my dropped trackbar bracket interfere with my front spring & spring mount so I had to remove it which required a new non-dropped Pitman arm & track bar.

So it all depends but there's no real benefit to either so long as the Pitman and Trackbar mount remains matched... both dropped or both un-dropped.

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Thanks Jerry....guess that's pretty much the answer I expected.
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My advice is to steer clear of the drop down bracket, I have the RockKrawler lift and installed the drop pitman arm and bracket, I don't have any issues with death wobble but the drop bracket is a bitch to drill correctly
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