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post #1 of 4 Old 06-09-2011, 08:11 PM Thread Starter
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Tightening track bar problems + death wobble

Background: junkyard lift, 5.5" front, 5" rear. stock trackbar with redrilled hole

alright, so i lifted another 1" on the front (to 5.5) and went to 33's. immediately i got death wobble. I tightened my steering box, steering box bolts, correct air pressure on the tires...etc. I had a buddy move the wheel back and forth while i inspected the steering mechanisms. Whoa, that trackbar had play. the axle bolt is properly torqued. Here's the problem:
I was able to remove the upper trackbar nut. now the bolt that it was attached too doesn't move up or down, but the trackbar still wobbles freely about 1/4 of an inch up or down. i cannot remove the trackbar at all. I banged it, flexed in both directions and banged it while flexed. Tried a hammer and wedge too, all to no avail.
To repeat, when i shake the trackbar, it moves vertically about .25 of an inch, but the bolt (with the nut removed) doesn't move at all. PB blasted the hell out of it too.
What can I do to remove the trackbar or to tighten it properly?

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post #2 of 4 Old 06-09-2011, 08:34 PM
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Get a ratcheting cargo strap. Wrap it over the track-bar and under the axle. Ratchet it tight. Pound on the side of the track-bar frame bracket with a big effin hammer.

The track-bar is worn out and needs to be replaced. At 5" of lift you should be using a double shear heavy duty adjustable track-bar.


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that makes sense. ill try it tomorrow. I thought about the cargo straps for the tightening the socket wrench, but that's a way better application.
Ill see what i do about replacing it. I might have to get another stock one for now. Its mostly a dd, but with some light trail use. i want to do a 4x4 conversion first, which might be coming up soon.
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post #4 of 4 Old 06-11-2011, 08:55 AM Thread Starter
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fixed the deathwobble. The upper joint was so worn it was moving around even with the bolt tightened. Replaced the trackbar with a good junkyard one today. No more deathwobble and the steering feel was greatly improved. Had to hit the side of the trackbar with a BFH, the cargo straps couldn't yank it. Thanks
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