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Old 03-29-2009, 02:15 PM
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factory track bar on lift???

I have a 1997 Jeep Wrangler. It has a lift on it, though I am not sure of exact height or name brand. The lift was on it when I purchased it 5 years ago. Recently I have been experiencing the well known DW. I inspected the front end and noticed it was worned out at the bushings. I decided to go ahead and replace it all. I have ordered new front shocks, steering stabilizer, tie rod ends and ordered a track bar. I still need to purchase the drag bar and ends. I will follow up with the front end allignment when it is all installed. The question is, is it possible to run a stock track bar on my jeep? I am un sure on the lift on there, but I do run 33's with no problem at all. The one on it now is not adjustable and it all looks to be stock. Including the drag link. It is all centered with the body and axel now. I was wondering if I made a mistake by going back with what's on there, and like I said, it looks stock to me. Is it possible that this is a stock track bar on it and still be running that size of tire? No problems the first 4 1/2 yrs with it til now. Thanks!

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I would think if everything was good to go before it will still be the same. You should be fine. I have 3" of lift with the stock front trackbar and can't even tell if the axle is off-center, it may be but I've never measured.

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Do you have a pic of your TB?

With a stock TB and lift the front axle is a bit uncentered and sticks out a bit to the drivers side.
I have the stock TB with 4.5" of lift and there´s now problem.
If I were you, I would buy an adjustable TB to recenter the axle.
But if you don´t have the money, just replace teh bushing of the stock track bar. That will work fine.
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Old 03-29-2009, 07:12 PM
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Thanks for responding, I ordered the stock track bar after trying to compare mine to the new ones online. To be honest, I didn't even consider an adjustable one since I didn't have that on my Jeep now. I hope its the stock one and goes right back to where it is now. If it is off centered, I can't tell. I wish I had've found this forum site, before I ordered it. This site is very informative. Like I said, I just ordered the whole bar, bushings and all. Maybe a little over kill, but wanted to make sure. Maybe I am on the right track to getting rid of this wobble.
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Someone might have moved the trac bar over to the driver side more by drilling another hole in the stock axle mount. Can you tell if this is the case? If there are two holes in the bracket?
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I will check for another hole that could have been drilled in the bracket. Thanks. And how much of a fight am I going to have installing this? Is it as simple as removing the old one and putting the new one back in, other than some elbow grease. Or is everything going to move around once I take the old bar out. Would this require lifting the front end off the ground or can it be done with out. Which is best? Any hints to help or suggestions appreciated. I will get back as soon as I check for the additional holes in the mounting bracket. Thanks, again.
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Hey everyone I am rehashing a 10 year old thread as I didn't want to have to start a new one on the same topic. Problem: The rear track bar bracket sheered off at the axle mount. I'm seeing this as a common issue but the real pickle is this. I have a 5.5" long arm lift, the axles are centered, yet the track bar and bracket look OEM, non adjustable. I need a solution once I get the bracket welded back on and I need to do it ASAP as I can't safely drive her.

I'd like to be able to snap some photos but any help in the meantime is appreciated before I drop $$$ on something that isn't necessary.

Edit: The bracket looks aftermarket. What now?
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well i'm pretty sure that TB started in that hole in the center of that tear. that would have been the factory location. it looks to me to have an extension raising it to a height more suitable for the current TB.

could cut the whole thing off, get a new TB tower and have it welded in.
or if it's still pretty solid, clean all that up best you can, and reinforce it with a few pieces of new steel.

most times when the TB is moved, the usual "bolt on" extension utilizes that hole for assy. and places a spacer in there on the shank of that bolt to keep that void from collapsing as well as tearing out as yours did.
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well i'm pretty sure that TB started in that hole in the center of that tear. that would have been the factory location. it looks to me to have an extension raising it to a height more suitable for the current TB.

could cut the whole thing off, get a new TB tower and have it welded in.
or if it's still pretty solid, clean all that up best you can, and reinforce it with a few pieces of new steel.

most times when the TB is moved, the usual "bolt on" extension utilizes that hole for assy. and places a spacer in there on the shank of that bolt to keep that void from collapsing as well as tearing out as yours did.
I think you may be right. I never realized it needed a crush sleeve and bolt where there currently isn't one. I bit the bullet and bought a JKS adjustable track bar with bracket that's getting delivered today. Hopefully it can be bolted over the existing bracket after I get it welded this weekend.

This was a bit of an education I got on this one.
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ok well........any new piece is gonne be meant to bolt to what used to be factory. and some of these risers come straight and some come angled, but odds are either way your gonna need to remove all the stuff welded on top of the OE mount to place it correctly.
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ok well........any new piece is gonne be meant to bolt to what used to be factory. and some of these risers come straight and some come angled, but odds are either way your gonna need to remove all the stuff welded on top of the OE mount to place it correctly.
I'm avoiding driving at the moment until I can get it welded. In the meantime I bit a bullet and got a JKS adjustable track bar and bracket so whenever the snowstorm eases up and people come out of hiding then I can get to the shop down the road and have it welded.

Would it OK to drive short distances around town if needed?
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if you go easy. the tear shows signs of corrosion, so i'd think it's been there for some time and not clean steel i'd expect to see from a fresh event.

but it would certainly be a better band aid to get a bolt to span that void and hold it from flexing outward. even with no spacer... until parts get there.
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I finally got the bracket welded and installed the new track bar. The new relocation bracket wasn't needed as the current one already had the extension on it. I haven't put the bolt with the crush sleeve in yet as I wasn't sure it was necessary but it looks like it would reduce the stress on the bracket?
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Since the JKS bracket has an angled mount is it also necessary? The TB is parallel with the current bracket but it's certainly not the same angle as the one that came with the TB.
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well 2 things i watch for here with the TB.....
1. is it hanging straight? the frame end holds straight up n down. so does it hit the axle bracket level or is the joint already cocked to 1 side? i want both of my joints inline.
2. is the extension in danger of contacting the fuel skid.

the angled mount can work 2 fold, it can return the bushing to level and it will keep the extension from contacting the fuel tank skid during articulation of the axle.

go by those 2 things and see if you feel you need it.

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