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Old 03-16-2013, 11:26 PM   #1
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Rear trackbar install question

I've heard reference to using a ratchet strap to realign an axle to install a rear trackbar. I was planning to get out to a friends to throw on my rear upper adjustable control arms and the adjustable rear trackbar, but his schedule did not allow.

I was debating attempting this solo, but am very apprehensive about getting the trackbar to line up. We had a pretty hard time getting it over far enough to get the stock back on after my axle swap and need to get it yet another 1/2"

Can anyone elaborate on the technique?

I was hoping to hit ejs, but until I address these issue in hopes of getting a rear end clunk to go away I am afraid to attend.

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:05 AM   #2
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Andrew,

I did it on mine by myself with a strap, just hook one side of the strap to the axle and the other end of the strap on the opposite side of the Jeep to the frame. I would use a heavy duty strap.

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Old 03-17-2013, 12:14 AM   #3
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Thanks Terry. I may or may not tackle this tomorrow...... Many things are serene and enjoyable to do solo.... In my experience, lining up track bars and control arms have not been on the list .

That said, my desire to have this thing back on the road is a major driving factor!
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I use a come along, same principle. No, not much fun, but doable alone. Also make sure you have your pinon angle set correctly.
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X2 for the come-along. I tried ratchet straps, wedging my body between a wall and the Jeep body, all unsuccessful. The come-along did the job in less than 5 minutes.
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Old 03-20-2013, 02:58 PM   #6
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I tore my left shoulder's rotator cuff skiing this week so the solo install is out . Then again a one man one armed attempt could be a good story!!! It would go like this: I got it on jack stands....... It's still there...
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Old 03-20-2013, 08:44 PM   #7
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Better wait, come-alongs and ratchet straps don't work one handed
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Old 03-20-2013, 11:57 PM   #8
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Went to an acquaintances shop tonight and got them all on and set properly. It drives quieter and smoother than it ever has since I've owned it... The problem with the "clunking" is still there though.

Basically, when I shift, the rear end makes a single loud clunking noise. If I'm VERY gentle letting off the clutch and suuuuuper easily get onto the skinny pedal I can avoid it, but something isn't right

Going into first is the worse. Shifting at higher speeds say from 3-4-5 it is much easier to avoid.

I'm afraid something in the diff got messed up from that pinion nut coming loose before, however there seems to be zero play I. The yoke now that its all tightened down.

I'd kill to have the answer and it fixed!!! I just want to drive this thing!!! And take it out on the trails without fear the rear end is going to grenade!

If anyone has ideas where to start let me know!

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