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Old 08-07-2012, 09:09 PM   #1
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Track Bar

Here is a mystry for you suspension guys. 2006 completely stock Tj Unlimited Rubi. It was aligned about 4000 miles ago, steering wheel was off (pointing to 1 oclock) the alignment guys set caster\camber\toe and then reset wheel to 12 oclock and all was well.
Track bar had a bushing that was deteriorating--not bad but you could see movement as the bushing compressed when moving the wheel back and forth, so today I replaced only the track bar--no other changes--stock track bar.
Go in to drive it and the wheel is now pointing to about 1 oclock
I'll reset it tomorrow but who would have thought that just changing a track bar would cock the wheel.

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Old 08-07-2012, 09:13 PM   #2
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Tightening up the trackbar has moved the front axle sideways a little, totally normal when replacing a trackbar. Just adjust your draglink to center ur steering wheel.

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Old 08-07-2012, 10:59 PM   #3
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I just changed out my track bar and the control arm bushings on my 2000 and my steering wheel is also pointing towards the 1 o'clock position. I need to check my toe and then re-set the steering wheel as well.

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Old 08-08-2012, 07:03 AM   #4
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The length of the bar is different, that's the reasoning. Your toe hasn't changed. You just need to lengthen the drag link to bring you back to center. To do that, rotate the sleeve counter-clockwise when looking at it from the drivers side.
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Old 08-08-2012, 08:03 AM   #5
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I'm just thinking that the 1 oclock steering wheel position may be a good indicator that the track bar should be inspected. In my case I know the front end was all stock, when I did the earlier alignment I should have had them do a better inspection of "why" the wheel was pointing to 1 oclock. If that had been done then the compression of the track bar bushing may have been found and replaced rather than just recentering the wheel and then finding the bad track bar bushing thousands of miles later.
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