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jherrin215 09-03-2007 09:07 PM

Question about track bar installation
 
Today I installed a set of teraflex 2 inch springs and left in my 1 3/4 inch spacers. I know probably not the best idea. I can definitely tell I need either an adjustable trackbar or a trackbar bracket. I was just wondering how involved the install would be? What all do you have to remove to install either one, the bracket or the whole adjustable bar?? I see how it works and how it needs to be installed, but I don't see how to get the axle centered back up once I remove the old trackbar. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!!

AzTJ 09-03-2007 09:11 PM

An adjustable track bar would be the best idea.

The way I try and center the axle: once the track bar is installed, turn the steering wheel the bring the body center. Drop a plum-bob off the fenders and see which way it needs to be adjusted, and then adjust it as necessary.

jherrin215 09-03-2007 09:33 PM

What I was getting at what how do you physically do it. Do you jack up the axle and get the tires off the ground, or do you just adjust it and let it pull everything around with full load on the axle??

AzTJ 09-03-2007 09:39 PM

You can't adjust it being attached. One end has to be unbolted.

Either with the tires on the axle and the axle on the ground... do it like I said with turning the wheels, this way the body will be pulled center over the axle.


Or you can jack up the jeep on the frame far enough so that the tires aren't touching the ground.

Either way, your going to probably have to adjust it a few times to get it close.

jherrin215 09-03-2007 09:52 PM

So when you adjust it out how do you ever get the bolt to start in the mounting hole? It looks like it would be too far over to get the bolt back in.

AzTJ 09-03-2007 11:07 PM

If the axle is off the ground it will swing from side to side pretty easily.

But if its sitting on the ground, you have to push the body, more easily by turning the steering wheel. I said that twice already.

jherrin215 09-04-2007 09:32 AM

I thought you were saying center the steering wheel before you start. If i did this and the old trackbar was still installed then it wouldn't straighten anything up, that's why I was confused. So what you are saying is take the old one off then turn the steering wheel to straighten it then put the new one back on??

GrnTJ 09-04-2007 09:34 AM

Yes, thats what he is saying...

jherrin215 09-04-2007 10:31 AM

And I am talking about the rear trackbar?! Will this pull the rear around as well as the front??

AzTJ 09-04-2007 03:51 PM

No. With the rear, it would be easiest to have the axle/tires off the ground so that you can wiggle the axle back and forth.

1. Take the rear track bar off.
2. Jack the jeep up.
3. Attach the track on the axle end.
4. Measure axle location(be sure its centered)
5. Adjust track bar to length and then attach to frame.

That should be the easiest to do for the rear.

jherrin215 09-05-2007 11:39 AM

Jack the jeep up and put it on jackstands with the frame?? Amd do it high enough that both back tires are off the ground??

AzTJ 09-05-2007 02:54 PM

Yes

jherrin215 09-06-2007 01:01 AM

Thanks AZ, I appreciate all the advice!!

SavageSun4x4 09-06-2007 07:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jherrin215 (Post 131060)
Today I installed a set of teraflex 2 inch springs and left in my 1 3/4 inch spacers. I know probably not the best idea.

If I am reading this correctly, then you have a 3 3/4 in lift...yes?

Running a spacer with springs if fine. In fact there is nothing wrong with it at all.

jherrin215 09-07-2007 12:51 AM

I know it's not terrible, but not the ideal setup either. I have stock control arms, well stock everything except a 1 in BL and MML, and a small TC Drop. I have a very tiny bit of vibration in 2nd gear and I think the only thing I am gonna have to do is with the rear tracbar.


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