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Old 03-16-2011, 12:19 AM   #1
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Track bar recommendations?

I'm trying to track down this DW problem and I'm going to start with the track bar. Anyone have any recommendations for a reasonably priced quality track bar for a stock TJ? I appreciate any recommendations.

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Old 03-16-2011, 11:19 AM   #2
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Old 03-16-2011, 11:58 AM   #3
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Is this the same as stock or heavy duty? Thank you.
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Stock replacement. I can source a HD unit for you if you'd like. Most are going to be with some drop in them for other than stock. Are the Cherokee ones the same dimensions? I think they are more HD.

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Have you inspected your front end for any loose parts before replacing anything? Have you replaced anything in the front end recently or rotated your tires?
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Old 03-16-2011, 12:48 PM   #6
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go to NAPA, Autozone or Advanced and get a MOOG stock replacement track bar. thats all you need.

do NOT get an aftermarket track bar for less than 4" of lift, unless you do extensive homework. you will need at least 2" front bumpstop extensions.
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Old 03-16-2011, 01:00 PM   #7
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I had DW at 24k after rotating the stock 30" GY Wrangler tires. I replaced the stock tires with 31" BFG AT KO's, replaced the SS with a Rancho SS, and had the alignment done. The DW disappeared until two years later at 49K. The DW reappeared three weeks ago after having the tires rotated and alignment done. I went back this past Monday for them to check the alignment and balancing. According to the mechanic who did the work, I need a new track bar, TRE, and drag link. He said this is causing my problem. I find it odd that I have to replace all these parts with only 49k and occasional offroading. I combed the DW thread and other Jeep owners have had this problem due to the tires. The BFG tires are not wearing very well but the are wearing evenly. Up until now, I've had good luck with BFG AT's in the past with a Nissan truck and got very good wear out of them. Maybe it's the tires and or the SS. I'd hate to replace things unnecessarily and not solve my DW problem. I'm going to have to go back to "three Stooges" chain and have them rotate the tires again. If that works, I'll just leave the tires as is and wait until they wear out, which will probably be another 5 to 8k miles. I'm going to check the tire pressure and air down to 30psi and get the crawler out and check the front end. I'm not a mechanic by any means, but I've done oil, spark plug, and shock changes before. Thank you for the posts. Any further suggestions would be appreciated!
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I had DW at 24k after rotating the stock 30" GY Wrangler tires. I replaced the stock tires with 31" BFG AT KO's, replaced the SS with a Rancho SS, and had the alignment done. The DW disappeared until two years later at 49K. The DW reappeared three weeks ago after having the tires rotated and alignment done. I went back this past Monday for them to check the alignment and balancing. According to the mechanic who did the work, I need a new track bar, TRE, and drag link. He said this is causing my problem. I find it odd that I have to replace all these parts with only 49k and occasional offroading. I combed the DW thread and other Jeep owners have had this problem due to the tires. The BFG tires are not wearing very well but the are wearing evenly. Up until now, I've had good luck with BFG AT's in the past with a Nissan truck and got very good wear out of them. Maybe it's the tires and or the SS. I'd hate to replace things unnecessarily and not solve my DW problem. I'm going to have to go back to "three Stooges" chain and have them rotate the tires again. If that works, I'll just leave the tires as is and wait until they wear out, which will probably be another 5 to 8k miles. I'm going to check the tire pressure and air down to 30psi and get the crawler out and check the front end. I'm not a mechanic by any means, but I've done oil, spark plug, and shock changes before. Thank you for the posts. Any further suggestions would be appreciated!
I had the same 31" BFG Ats on my ZJ and later found that the tires were the cause of the death wobble that had progressivley gotten worse. There was no visual sign with the tire itself, I took all 4 off the rims, balanced them then I put them on my TJ as a check and sure enough, the TJ developed a bad shake when I hit a bump. The tires had 30k on them but still lots of tread. I'm not saying your tires are your problem but they could be suspect.
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I think that you might be right. I had DW with the GY Wranglers after having them rotated. The problem vanished when I put the new BFG AT KO's and a Rancho SS. I also had the alignment done. It came back after the tire rotation with the BFG AT's. I have about 25k on the BFG's, but the tread is not holding up. I don't think I'll buy another set for this Jeep. I have good luck in the past. What tires do you have on now? I'd like to get a good on/offroad tire with a 3 ply sidewall for the sharp rocks out here is Arizona. This is my DD, so I need tires that are good on the street as well. I don't want to have to replace tires every two years. I'm off to the shop to have them re-balance the tires and rotate the rear tires back to front. Thanks for the advice. Have a good one!
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When I got rid of the BFGs, I bought Super Swamper LTBs bias ply, they have a 4 ply side wall and it's so thick, I only run 22lbs of air. I would not recommend them for a dd! I also have BFG mud terrain KM2s, 3 ply, they are great off road and they handle surprisingly well on the road, wet roads and snow also. I don't have many miles on them but so far so good. I've heard a lot of people like the Goodyear Duratracs, it's an aggressive at tire and the GY MTs, they are said to have a strong side wall.
DW is no fun, I hope it works out for you!
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Old 03-16-2011, 08:15 PM   #11
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I went to another mechanic and he said the track bar, tie rod, TRE's, and drag link are fine. He said the toe in was off. I then took it back to "three stooges" auto parts store/garage to have them check the alignment. I just got off the phone and was told it's the front end parts again. I insisted on the alignment and balancing being checked again. If that doesn't solve it, I'm going to take the tires to another shop and have the tires road forced balanced. If that doesn't work, I'm going to get new tires. I'm considering the tires you mentioned as replacements. I'm also considering the red letter Continental Grabber tires. I'm going to go with Discount Tire this time. Thanks again for the help. Have a good one!

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