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Looking for a photo or description of what this bracket does and where it goes. I'm 99% sure it's from either the front or rear track bar but not sure which end of which one. Do I really need it? What is the purpose of this bracket? I couldn't find any good pictures in the Hayes Manual so I'm reaching out to all of you fellow builders. Thanks for any info.



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First do some research on track bars and see why they are basically useless on a leaf sprung Jeep.
 
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I just went out and looked. On my 1987, the frame side track bar brackets are welded to the frame. The axle side brackets are part of the axle and don't unbolt like the gizmo in your hand.

Look for a post by MudMagnetYJ and look in his signature. There you will find a link labeled "Service manuals". Click on that link and look for a link titled "parts". Click on that link and find the parts catalog that fits your year Jeep.

The part in your hand kinda looks like a track bar bracket, so your year Jeep may be different from mine. Maybe other posters recognize it.

Good Luck, L.M.
 

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I knew that bugger looked familiar. That's why I went out and looked on my Jeep.


I removed my rear track bar a few years ago and I saved the old track bar. Well, I just went out and looked on the old T-bar. The gizmo in your hand is a spacer that fits over the frame side of the rear track bar and fits up inside of the welded bracket.

If you run a rear track bar, you'll probably need it. Without a rear track bar, not.

Tophog offers some good advice. Some Jeepers remove the rear, others remove both. I removed my rear and it didn't seem to make any difference in ride quality, one way or the other.

I think removing the sway bar on a street driven vehicle is unsafe. Some Jeepers disagree, but we all have our opinions. (Sway bar, not track bar). If you plan on serious 4 wheeling then get sway bar quick disconnects.

Good Luck, L.M.
 

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Thanks for the replies tophog and luckymac, if this is for the rear then I'll gladly pitch it, as I have done the 8.8 swap and the rear track bar is no longer on the vehicle. My goal is to have a 70/30 on road to off road ratio so I'd like to complete this build and have a vehicle that my wife can also drive to town, so I'm hesitant to remove items that may alter the handling or steering characteristics for the worse. I have the sway bar disconnects already along with new RE 4" springs shocks etc. new bushings too. I believe I could remove the front bar but would rather wait till I've had a chance to take it out for a test drive first. Thanks again. Btw it's a 93 if you're curious.
 

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Thanks for the replies tophog and luckymac, if this is for the rear then I'll gladly pitch it, as I have done the 8.8 swap and the rear track bar is no longer on the vehicle. My goal is to have a 70/30 on road to off road ratio so I'd like to complete this build and have a vehicle that my wife can also drive to town, so I'm hesitant to remove items that may alter the handling or steering characteristics for the worse. I have the sway bar disconnects already along with new RE 4" springs shocks etc. new bushings too. I believe I could remove the front bar but would rather wait till I've had a chance to take it out for a test drive first. Thanks again. Btw it's a 93 if you're curious.
@Kc8jvh Ditching the front & rear track bars was the best thing I'd ever done to my Jeep. My YJ on 33's with the sway bars disconnected and no track bars drives straight as an arrow at 95 on the highway.

Ditch them and your YJ will drive better than it ever has before!
 

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We'll all of this information sounds encouraging so my plan now will be to start without it, with the intent not to put it back on unless something arises and need to troubleshoot. Thanks all.


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