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post #1 of 8 Old 10-16-2005, 08:45 PM Thread Starter
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Track Bar issues...

Well today I was over at a friends place with the XJ having a ton of fun as he has about 200 acres of open field to play around in, I have to admit we werent driving the Jeep nicely but as we got out, we looked under the front end and the track bar was hanging, hitting the ground. (the bolt type thing comming off the joint, that connects to the frame had sheared in half) We heard a clunk about 5 minutes into driving when we first started so we guessed that had to be it. Anyways, I was just wondering how important this piece really is. I drove the jeep hte rest of the day with the entire bar off, but I am wondering if I absoloutly need it. The jeep isnt going to be seeing the road, as it is just a learning vehivle / mess around with and have fun vehicle. Other than that, the entire day was a blast as we really got to know how the jeep handled in wet grass and mud pits!

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post #2 of 8 Old 10-16-2005, 08:51 PM
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look out your window at your front tire while you are turning, you will notice that the truck is actually moving before the steering is. the control arms will not hold your axle in place when you are steering that is why you need a trackbar.

i dont know if you understood that but just go out and look at the front wheel and fender while you turn the wheel its pretty obvious why you need one.

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Yeah, I did notice that the entire front end of the truck moved weirdly (especially when stopped) and turing the wheel. So I guess without this bar it puts alot of stress on other components and will wear them out faster? Again, this jeep is not going to see the road often, and its more of an experiment than anything...

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you shouldn't be driving it at all without a trackbar

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You could probably pick one up for cheap at a junk yard. I know it's a beater Jeep and all, but if you were to get in an accident with it you could probably get sued. Although it is Canada and not the sue happy USA!


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LOL, don't need it EH.....just extra steel that Jeep put on there for looks.

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My trackbar sheared a bolt and was hanging down and I had a 5 minute drive home. It was impossible for me to make a sharp turn because the entire body moved over the axles rather than the wheels turn. At speed 30mph turning was much easier, but going really slow it was damn near impossible. Id get one from the junkyard.

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