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Old 12-29-2015, 09:52 PM
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Track bar bracket snapped while driving

Last few days I've noticed my steering wheel getting off center. Just thought I needed to straighten it and no big deal. When the traction control light came on I just turned traction control off until I got around to getting under there. I'm guessing that was the welds cracking and knocking my adjustable track bars length off balance.

Driving my JK today in my neighborhood, only going about 25 mph. Hit I pot hole and I guess that finished her off. I could make an entire thread about how close I was to shitting myself when it broke off . Death wabble can be caused from a little looseness in the Track bar, imagine that whole bracket coming off. Shit was crazy.

Anyway, I understand how to fix the bracket, I ordered an Artec one and had it expedited, will be installed Monday (and hey, saved some money on the install since my jeep took the liberty of yanking that old bracket off for them)

Anyways, to my question. That front end shook HARD. I imagine it's damn near the worst death wabble you can possibly get. Anything I should look out for? Any parts I should go over to make sure they weren't damaged?

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Everything, i would follow Planman's thread to a T

Was it the stock bracket?

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Everything, i would follow Planman's thread to a T Was it the stock bracket?
yes. Where is his thread?
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Search you tube for Planman Death Wobble.

Are you sure there was no damage to the housing?
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photos please. could have been horrific if at any kind of speed. glad you are ok.
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I only have one pic of it from the back end:
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Is that an aftermarket bracket bolted to the factory location (which seperated from the tube)?? I'd check mine, but the wife took the Jeep today and left me with the mustang.
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Is that an aftermarket bracket bolted to the factory location (which seperated from the tube)?? I'd check mine, but the wife took the Jeep today and left me with the mustang.
Yes and not running a DL flip. Bumpsteer is the axle and TB fighting against each other.
This could be the reason why the bracket ripped from the axle.
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Yes and not running a DL flip. Bumpsteer is the axle and TB fighting against each other.
This could be the reason why the bracket ripped from the axle.
Yeah...there isn't jack-sh*t to that factory bracket. This just made my mind up about doing a DL flip on mine when I put my 3.5" on.
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OP...you just putting a new bracket on, or doing a DL flip? Seems to me since you need to be into it anyway, may as well do the flip...
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Hes be running it like that for a while claiming no odd handling. Looks like it finally caught up to him
Yeah. Glad nobody was hurt.
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Hes be running it like that for a while claiming no odd handling. Looks like it finally caught up to him
lol you a-hole, It bit me in the ass finally! Well, question to you guys then: I have the AEV flipped drag link kit in my garage ready to be put on, will it fit with my 15 inch wheels? Or is that one of those steering upgrades I can't have
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Is that an aftermarket bracket bolted to the factory location (which seperated from the tube)?? I'd check mine, but the wife took the Jeep today and left me with the mustang.
yep, it's a bolt on raised track bar bracket, I bought the whole kit to flip the DL too but chickened out on putting on drilling my knuckle. It didn't seem to ride bad so I just kept the bracket on.
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lol you a-hole, It bit me in the ass finally! Well, question to you guys then: I have the AEV flipped drag link kit in my garage ready to be put on, will it fit with my 15 inch wheels? Or is that one of those steering upgrades I can't have
That did not come out the way i meant it haha
Breaking the TB bracket was not a outcome i envisioned.
You should not have any issues running any top mounted DL with 15's.
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yep, it's a bolt on raised track bar bracket, I bought the whole kit to flip the DL too but chickened out on putting on drilling my knuckle. It didn't seem to ride bad so I just kept the bracket on.
You can do eet!

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Well, here's my end result!

To save money on install, I'm removing my front axle completely, putting it in a truck and taking it to the place to have my TB bracket welded on, as well as my Artec truss and gussets (paying $300) When I get it back, I'm going to drill out my knuckle for the flip, as well as repaint all of my axle and steering linkage. Sound like a plan?

Any advise on drilling out that knuckle or special tools/precautions I need to use/take? Or just put the bit on the drill and go to down!
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yep, it's a bolt on raised track bar bracket, I bought the whole kit to flip the DL too but chickened out on putting on drilling my knuckle. It didn't seem to ride bad so I just kept the bracket on.
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Oh i tried haha

HF has a 1/2 bit kit for like $30. Obviously you need a 1/2 drill with variable speed. Slow speed with cutting oil is key to not roast the bit. Or remove the knuckle and have a machine shop do it.
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lol you a-hole, It bit me in the ass finally! Well, question to you guys then: I have the AEV flipped drag link kit in my garage ready to be put on, will it fit with my 15 inch wheels? Or is that one of those steering upgrades I can't have
Idk about AEV kit but what kind of backspacing do you have? Sometimes they work or just rub slightly but it all depends. Wait.... Isn't it just the tie rod that has the requirements? Standby.......Google......... 3" jounce spacing? What is your backspacing on the 15's
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Well, here's my end result!

To save money on install, I'm removing my front axle completely, putting it in a truck and taking it to the place to have my TB bracket welded on, as well as my Artec truss and gussets (paying $300) When I get it back, I'm going to drill out my knuckle for the flip, as well as repaint all of my axle and steering linkage. Sound like a plan?

Any advise on drilling out that knuckle or special tools/precautions I need to use/take? Or just put the bit on the drill and go to down!
We have a top mount Draglink that bolts to a knuckle without the need to drill the knuckle. Your knuckle remains strong and easy to install the draglink.
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Idk about AEV kit but what kind of backspacing do you have? Sometimes they work or just rub slightly but it all depends. Wait.... Isn't it just the tie rod that has the requirements? Standby.......Google......... 3" jounce spacing? What is your backspacing on the 15's
3.75 inch backspacing! Just eyeing it out it looks like it should fit. If I need to grind in the DL a little bit I can.
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Yea I think it the tie rod that has the requirement
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Replaced the broken bracket with Artecs raised bracket, and added their Truss and Gussets, also did EVOs flipped drag link and painted the axle and added some color to my tie rod and springs. While it was on the lift we welded on a muffler under the drivers door and welded some gussets on the rear track bar bracket. Here are some pics!
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Check the rear one too. Mine broke on the trail and we did a fast weld job. When we got it to the shop we found the rear one was cracked also.
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Check the rear one too. Mine broke on the trail and we did a fast weld job. When we got it to the shop we found the rear one was cracked also.

He gusseted the rear
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He gusseted the rear
yep^ already had rock Krawlers rear bracket bolted on, but went ahead and welded it on and added a little extra strength.

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