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jarradfiorito 04-10-2012 06:10 PM

Track Bar with Best Joints?
 
My rubicon express adjustable track bar is 4 years old and the joints are about at the limit of their life. After 3 adjustments and constant re-tightening there is still play that develops in the track bar every couple of days, and it starts a DW when i hit a good sized bump just right.

What track bars have reputable joints that will not allow play? And joints that stay good the longest.

I was thinking JKS but i BELIEVE i read something that they have big problems with hitting the diff cover. Maybe not?

DevilDogDoc 04-10-2012 06:13 PM

Here ya go. Currie Johnny Joints Suspension TJ LJ

jarradfiorito 04-10-2012 06:40 PM

Considering these in this order..

1. Rock Krawler- Rock Krawler Suspension RKTJ00338 - Rock Krawler Bomb Proof Front Track Bar and Bracket for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ with 5"-7" Lift - Quadratec

2. JKS- JKS Manufacturing OGS125 - JKS Manufacturing Front Adjustable Trackbar for 84-06 Jeep® Comanche MJ, Cherokee XJ, Grand Cherokee ZJ, Wrangler TJ & Unlimited with 4-6" Lift - Quadratec

3. Rub. Exp.- Rubicon Express RE1610 - Rubicon Express Extreme-Duty™ Front Trackbar for 97-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ & Unlimited with 4.5-7.5" Lift - Quadratec

DevilDogDoc 04-10-2012 06:43 PM

So you don't want the best joints, you want something else. Gotcha.

jarradfiorito 04-10-2012 06:48 PM

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Originally Posted by DevilDogDoc (Post 2242546)
So you don't want the best joints, you want something else. Gotcha.

you are referring to this?

Currie Johnny Joints Suspension TJ LJ

why are these THE BEST joints?

UnlimitedLJ04 04-10-2012 06:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jarradfiorito (Post 2242556)
you are referring to this?

Currie Johnny Joints Suspension TJ LJ

why are these THE BEST joints?

thats a rebranded JKS. The Currie TJS or TJJ model track bar is the better choice.

Currie Johnny Joints Suspension TJ LJ

DevilDogDoc 04-10-2012 07:06 PM

Because those are the joints that the others try to copy. Read up a little.

DevilDogDoc 04-10-2012 07:08 PM

Sorry I linked the wrong one. I didnt see the bushing on the end.

DevilDogDoc 04-10-2012 07:18 PM

From the RE that you are having issues with to the Currie is about $50 assuming you get the bracket they require you to run.

Duramaxxed 04-10-2012 09:11 PM

People are going to say the Currie is the Best because it's the Most Expensive, so it's gotta be, right??

I have the JKS and have no Complaints.

Imped 04-10-2012 09:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duramaxxed (Post 2243234)
People are going to say the Currie is the Best because it's the Most Expensive, so it's gotta be, right??

I have the JKS and have no Complaints.

:nonono:

No. The Currie is the best because it runs a Currie JJ (just like the JKS) in an offset fashion for better clearance and up travel (unlike JKS) and uses thicker tubing than JKS. It also uses a larger 5/8 thru-bolt at the frame mount while the JKS uses a 9/16" bolt that requires a tapered spacer. And lastly, the 9120TJJ uses a 1/2" bolt at the axle, unlike the stock bolt that JKS uses. That's why it's the best bolt-on track bar. I've installed several of both and have even removed a JKS bar to be replaced with a Currie bar.

:thumb:

DevilDogDoc 04-10-2012 09:25 PM

If that's the case there is a guy on eBay selling arms with a JJ on one end and a bushing on the other. It's 499 a pair. Those must be the best then right cause it's a couple hundred more than the Currie.

DevilDogDoc 04-10-2012 09:45 PM

Correction, they are only $381 a pair from Ironman Offroad.
The 7075 aluminum ones are $495. Those at least have JJ at both ends.

jarradfiorito 04-11-2012 08:50 AM

what is the top bar in that picture?
Currie Johnny Joints Suspension TJ LJ

Imped 04-11-2012 09:23 AM

Two different views of the same track bar. That's the bar you want.

Muddeprived 04-11-2012 09:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Duramaxxed (Post 2243234)
People are going to say the Currie is the Best because it's the Most Expensive, so it's gotta be, right??

I have the JKS and have no Complaints.

Same here. I ran a JKS t-bar years ago on my old TJ for 4 years, beating the hell out of it and bathing it in mud (my username describes me) on a weekend basis during the summer. It never flinched.

NOW it appears Currie's t-bar is the better choice, very similar to JKS, but with an offset joint to fix the diff-cover issue (that I never had with the JKS), bigger bolts, and some stuff. Either one you choose, you get a good reliable and durable t-bar.


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