Originally Posted by Sweat it
I'm about to order my 2.5 OME lift, and 1.25 BL and MML and was wondering if i needed to get front and rear track bars? I use my jeep as a DD. What else do i need to be road ready? Thanks Jim
No you DO NOT NEED TRACK BARS.
OME includes the relocation bracket for the rear. Thats works with the stock track bar, but you want to reinforce the bracket by welding on some supports, so the bracket doesn't rip off the axle due to increased leverage.
in the front you definitely
do not want an aftermarket track bar, unless you're prepared to open a big can of worms. Every aftermarket track bar on the market right now doesn't fit without at least 2" of bumpstop extension in front. The lowest profile set up is a Currie TJJ or TJS model with 2" of front bumpstop extension, and the stock diff cover, or a Barnett diff cover.
The aftermarket track bars do NOT share the same bend as stock, and they all hit the diff cover or tie-rod as a consequence.
I'm running a custom front track bar, a bent ZJ V8 tie-rod, a highly modified "SOLI" diff cover to clear with 1-3/8" bumpstop to maintain some reasonable uptravel with my 2.5" OME lift. It took me over a year to get a combo working...but the whole time I was smashing my track bar into the diff cover over every little bump.
Read this before you buy anything (the WHOLE thread):
tj front adjustable track bars for 0-3.5", does yours hit or fit? - JeepForum.com
I suggest dealing with the off-center axle in front, or reinforce the stock mount by welding on some place, grinding it a bit for clearance and redrilling the track bar hole...and using the stock track bar.