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Unread 02-19-2012, 08:08 PM   #1
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Adjustable Track Bars

I'm looking for a track bar for my xj with 3.5" lift. I found this Rough Country track bar on Ebay for 1.5-4.5" lift, but I thought RC only made the 4-6.5" track bar. Is this ebay one actually a legit Rough Country track bar? Is it worth the $130? I'm not looking to spend any more than $150.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Front-Adjust...item20c2bb6b05

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Unread 02-19-2012, 09:03 PM   #2
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Considering it is directly from RC, I'd say it is a genuine RC track bar... Which means you should be checking out IRO instead. Their track bars use solid steel rather than hollow round stock.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 06:50 AM   #3
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I suppose the extra $10 for this IRO would be worth it....?? This jeep is going to be my DD, probably won't see a whole lot of off roading at all, so I don't need the double shear do I?
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Another vote for the IRO double shear. After putting on my 3" lift and 31's and promptly proceeding to abuse the living hell out of the jeep, the track bar bushing AND ball joint wore out in no time, axle offset itself to one side and steering got sloppy and terrible. The IRO is seriously beefy, and no pressed in ball joints you can't remove to replace. My only complaint was that by taking their recommended length settings that come in the instructions and extrapolating to 3" of lift, it wasn't even close. Maybe I measured wrong. I adjusted a few times till it came out right, and the whole process took just a couple hours with a helper. Good quality product.
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Unread 02-20-2012, 09:06 AM   #5
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Avoid any track bar with a tie rod end for an upper joint.

The IRO double shear tack bar is an excellent choice. http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...egory_Code=PFX
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Avoid any track bar with a tie rod end for an upper joint.
So, does the IRO Adjustable track bar (not the double shear) have a tie rod end for the upper joint? I'd like to keep the cost under $150.
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So, does the IRO Adjustable track bar (not the double shear) have a tie rod end for the upper joint? I'd like to keep the cost under $150.
Yes it does.

The 129 price gets you a HD TRE 'direct' replacement.

189 gets you a new bracket and the HD double shear.

You could always upgrade to the double shear later - they sell the bracket and conversion from TRE to double shear separately too.

I have the 189 set up - it's going to grow and last my rig for a while.

IRO offers 1/2 off shipping for JF members as well.
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I had the double shear on my 96 and LOVED it. I'm planning on getting one soon for my 99. I say get the double shear and you'll tell a difference for sure.
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If cost is that important the IRO basic adjustable will work fine for you. The double shear is worth the extra cost though if you can swing it. Either way IRO is king in the trac-bar department, their bars are seriously heavy duty.
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Get the double sheer bar and bracket from IRO or nothing at all. Any of the ones with a TRE at the top is just a waste of your time installing it and my time responding to your next post about how it doesn't work properly.
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Avoid any track bar with a tie rod end for an upper joint.
Tim, just wondering if you can elaborate on this? I haven't really had much experience or thought on adjustable track bars so just looking for more info. Thanks
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Unread 02-20-2012, 07:19 PM   #12
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I can chime in on that one... the tie-rod will not hold up to the stresses of centering the front axle to the body. They arent made for that. Will it work... for a while. There are a lot of stories here, NAXJA and Pirate about the issue.

BUt why get something with a weak point, that you will have to buy a replacement for later?
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I think you guys have talked me into the double shear....might as well spend the extra $50 now rather than buy the $129 and have it where out in a year, then buy the double shear.
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Tim, just wondering if you can elaborate on this? I haven't really had much experience or thought on adjustable track bars so just looking for more info. Thanks

Tie rod ends are for steering and if over-stressed will fail. For a few extra dollars you can have a bullet proof track bar that has greater strength, more resistance to Death Wobble, and more flex.
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