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Old 03-24-2014, 05:46 AM   #1
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Track Bars??

I'll be installing my 4 RC lift next week. I've heard mixed reviews on what to do with the track bars. What precisely do they do?? And opinions please leave them or take then out?? Thanks

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Old 03-24-2014, 06:56 AM   #2
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Trackbars are there for axle movement not to be allowed. We use Trackbars to sent our axles, now with leaf springs I've heard you can do without them, not sure though. Only bad thing about RC Trackbars are those worthless heims. I called Dan at Ruffstuff and he is sending me a chromoly heim for my trackbar.

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:02 AM   #3
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As a past YJ owner.. no you don't need them, TJ's yes need them.. but YJ's nope and prior CJ's didn't have them... If your not sure what to do.. remove them see how it drives and them decide if you need them or not.. Mine with the RC 4" road better and the jeep will flex a bit more on the trails without them.. I could cruise at 65mph very stable with out them installed. But again decide for yourself as that is the only person that matters in the decision.
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Old 03-24-2014, 07:08 AM   #4
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I removed mine from my 1990 YJ Jeep with a 4" Lift and it RIDES SO MUCH BETTER. Leave it off...
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Old 03-24-2014, 10:31 AM   #5
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Is there any dangers to removing them, it is my daily driver
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Old 03-24-2014, 04:44 PM   #6
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Is there any dangers to removing them, it is my daily driver
The only thing you might find is that it will lean a bit more in turns.. so keep that in mind.. Keep the front sway bar connected(though I never did) it will help it on the highway. I would not say anything dangerous. again try it, if you don't like it put them back. note. some lift kits call you to remove the rear one...
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Old 03-26-2014, 07:12 AM   #7
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I removed the track bar in my daughters YJ and she likes the ride better with out them. Also get quick disconnects for the sway bar. You wont regret this simple change.
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Track Bars center the axle left to right underneath the vehicle, sometimes referred to as a panhard bar.

They are in absolutely no way required for leaf sprung vehicles, particularly the YJ.

All they do is limit leaf spring articulation and flex, they prevent the suspension from doing EXACTLY what it was made to do.

They are REQUIRED on Coil Sprung vehicles, because a coil spring can flex in any direction very easily. Coil Sprung axles also require the use of upper and lower control arms to keep the axle accurately centered under the vehicle. A leaf spring can only flex up and down with very slight side to side movement, it centers the axle very well on its own without any assistance.

I am going to advocate removing them. If you find yourself with an issue after removing the bars, they were simply masking the issue and you need to fix it. Do keep your swaybar in place for road driving. Most opt to install a quick disconnect kit to easily disconnect the swaybar in a few seconds, and easily reconnect it after offroading.
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Track Bars center the axle left to right underneath the vehicle, sometimes referred to as a panhard bar.

They are in absolutely no way required for leaf sprung vehicles, particularly the YJ.

All they do is limit leaf spring articulation and flex, they prevent the suspension from doing EXACTLY what it was made to do.

They are REQUIRED on Coil Sprung vehicles, because a coil spring can flex in any direction very easily. Coil Sprung axles also require the use of upper and lower control arms to keep the axle accurately centered under the vehicle. A leaf spring can only flex up and down with very slight side to side movement, it centers the axle very well on its own without any assistance.

I am going to advocate removing them. If you find yourself with an issue after removing the bars, they were simply masking the issue and you need to fix it. Do keep your swaybar in place for road driving. Most opt to install a quick disconnect kit to easily disconnect the swaybar in a few seconds, and easily reconnect it after offroading.
I'm with Xpress on this one. I have both of mine removed, front and rear, have 3" of lift total and it rides much better on and off road without them. I hung onto my front one just in case I didn't like it, but it's going to collect some serious dust from sitting on the shelf cause I have NO plans on putting it back in.
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Old 03-26-2014, 05:15 PM   #10
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I removed both rear and front track bars and I notice no difference in highway driving.

Some of the things I have noticed after removing them is increased articulation - both front and rear axles.

Is it dangerous? With coil overs possibly. With YJ leaf springs not a chance.

Take them off it's really extra weight.
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Old 03-26-2014, 08:00 PM   #11
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Thanks for all the input guys. I'm learning as I go.
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I removed mine a couple months ago. I gained a softer ride. I still feel every bump, but the bumps don't jar my teeth loose anymore. I do get a bit more lean when cornering, but I drive like an old fart, nice and easy. If I wanted a great handling hot rod, I would not have bought a jeep!

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