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mikez 06-17-2012 11:50 PM

oh yay track bars!
 
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Ok i was out wheeling today and broke my track bar :redface:
stuff breaks oh well but i would rather not have that issue again.

I have a rubicon express heavy duty track bar currently and its broke. people are telling me to get curry or JKS. I cant see much of a difference in the spot mine broke? Do all track bars have this issue? all the bushing sides look the same.

GoldenSahara00 06-17-2012 11:52 PM

Could be wrong but I believe the currie has a beefier end on each side. I'm sure it would be easy information to fine but I don't know offhand the sized.

darkproximity 06-17-2012 11:59 PM

is it just me or does the tie rod and passenger side axle tubing look bent?

darkproximity 06-18-2012 12:00 AM

maybe not the axle tube but the tie rod, which could very well be like that stock, idk

brendend 06-18-2012 12:11 AM

Tie rod yes can't axle can't tell

liredneck 06-18-2012 05:51 AM

They both look bent to me

UnlimitedLJ04 06-18-2012 07:44 AM

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Originally Posted by mikez (Post 2484570)
Ok i was out wheeling today and broke my track bar :redface:
stuff breaks oh well but i would rather not have that issue again.

I have a rubicon express heavy duty track bar currently and its broke. people are telling me to get curry or JKS. I cant see much of a difference in the spot mine broke? Do all track bars have this issue? all the bushing sides look the same.

how much bumpstop extension do you have in front?

There are two track bars to consider...Currie TJS or TJJ model, or the JKS. You will need 2" front bumpstop extensions to prevent these track bars from hitting your diff cover and tie-rod. For this application, I'd suggest the Currie TJJ, and weld a 1/8" or 3/16" plate to the axle side mount to reinforce it. Make sure to pull the springs and push the axle to full bump to check clearance issues so this doesn't happen again....

also ditch that drop pitman arm, thats not helping anything at all.

jrussblues 06-18-2012 07:49 AM

I think the axle looks bent because of the tie rod being bent, like an optical illusion.

4Jeepn 06-18-2012 07:53 AM

Also appears to have a drop pitman arm..shouldn't need that, but not sure what other mods this one has.

cmecha 06-18-2012 07:57 AM

the Currie is slightly offset forward to clear more diff covers but pretty much the same as the JKS

Can't go wrong with either but many people like the Currie. I got a JKS cheap from Mudflaps.com is the only reason i got the JKS and didn't go currie

UnlimitedLJ04 06-18-2012 08:08 AM

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Originally Posted by cmecha (Post 2485124)
the Currie is slightly offset forward to clear more diff covers but pretty much the same as the JKS

The Currie TJS & TJJ are NOT the same as the JKS. Currie uses chromoly, JKS uses DOM. The Currie is stronger. The bends are also quite different. To check for diff cover clearance issues you need to push the axle to full bump with the springs removed.

sevenservices 06-18-2012 08:11 AM

what happened? just curious...

mikez 06-18-2012 11:20 AM

I have the daystar bump stops and they are really firm. The tie to is bent from earlier in the weekend.
What happened is I was just getting spotted threw a tougher section and it just broke. Not sure which part but my spotter noticed it

Imped 06-18-2012 11:42 AM

The only similarity between the JKS and Currie bars are the Currie JJ at the frame end, that's it. If they were so similar, I wouldn't have swapped out a JKS for a Currie. Get the Currie, swap in a stock pitman arm, and call it a day.

UnlimitedLJ04 06-18-2012 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by mikez (Post 2485807)
I have the daystar bump stops and they are really firm.

go back to the stock jounce bumper and properly extend the bumpstop cup.

mikez 06-18-2012 11:58 AM

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It seems that Curri 9120TJS is the way to go. I ran accrost the teraflex though and it looks way beefier then Curri at the spot where i broke mine.

mikez 06-18-2012 12:00 PM

so stock bump stops spaced down?

geiman 06-18-2012 12:00 PM

I'd recommend the 9102TJJ from Currie; it uses larger bolts on both ends of the trac bar.

And I'd be surprised if the tereflex is "beefier" than the TJJ or TJS; it's probably just deceiving in the pictures. Trust me, everyone here isn't recommending the trac bars from Currie without a good reason for doing so.

mikez 06-18-2012 12:17 PM

ok well JJ it is then! looks like i will be getting curri steering too

geiman 06-18-2012 12:19 PM

Keep in mind Savvy has an upgraded version of the Currie steering with an "unbendable" tie rod if you're interested. It's a bit more, but you won't have to worry about bending your tie rod again.

Just know that if you do go with their upgraded version, you've now moved the weak link elsewhere.

UnlimitedLJ04 06-18-2012 12:24 PM

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Originally Posted by mikez (Post 2485949)
It seems that Curri 9120TJS is the way to go. I ran accrost the teraflex though and it looks way beefier then Curri at the spot where i broke mine.

I found the Tera track bar to need about 4" of bumpstop extension in front.

Read here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/3-25...ml#post1971642

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Originally Posted by mikez (Post 2485957)
so stock bump stops spaced down?

in the rear, yes, to a point. in the front, no. in front you drill and tap the spring pad, and bolt them down.

you need to pull the springs and push the axle to full bump. you'll need to make sure the bumpstops align properly (adjustable control arms), and that no other interferences are present.

Read here:
http://www.wranglerforum.com/f5/corr...gth-70047.html

mikez 06-18-2012 12:25 PM

I will look into that thank you :)

cmecha 06-18-2012 12:37 PM

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Originally Posted by UnlimitedLJ04 (Post 2485150)
The Currie TJS & TJJ are NOT the same as the JKS. Currie uses chromoly, JKS uses DOM. The Currie is stronger. The bends are also quite different. To check for diff cover clearance issues you need to push the axle to full bump with the springs removed.

I have not seen a Currie in person but from the pics it is difficult to tell what the bends do.


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