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Unread 02-24-2009, 12:46 AM   #1
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Front track bar yes yet again even though its been beat to death tell me why to keep

Okay i know i have asked and i have done the search thing but i just want some extra reasurance. I took the rear track bar off and forgot about it but i have been told by some front end shops to keep the front track bar on. So i have looked around and found some adjustables. I really like the Jks adjustable track bar. So my question is why should i get rid of the front track bar. Why should i not. What other leaf sprung vehicles have track bars? and can you make a quick disco system for you track bar??? I just want to make sure before i spend 170 bucks on an adjustable track bar and i want some good reasons to explain to my dad and the guy at the front end shop as to why I dont need or I need a good reason to tell my Grandma why i want her to buy me an adjustable track bar

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Unread 02-24-2009, 04:54 AM   #2
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It sounds like you need to just remove it and take it for a drive to decide yes or no.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 06:42 AM   #3
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Remove it. As long as your bearings, tie rods and ball joints are good then it drives the same. If it feels extra loose then you may need to replace some other parts. Don't get the JKS I've read that it contacts the diff cover on some models.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 07:42 AM   #4
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i dont know if anyone does these but you could get a hitch pin the same size as your bolt and make a quick disco.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 08:23 AM   #5
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If you wanted reassurance, why not use the search and wade through the trillions of threads on this subject....
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Unread 02-24-2009, 08:28 AM   #6
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Ditch the track bar and get some quick disconnects for your front sway bar. The leaf springs will provide plenty of lateral support to keep the front axle centered and the sway bar will help to keep body roll in check, which is especially important if you have a higher center of gravity.

I ran fully disconnected when my YJ was on stock leaf springs and didn't have any issues at all, however once I put my RE 2.5" lift on there was a bit too much body roll for my liking so I re-installed the front sway bar
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Unread 02-24-2009, 08:32 AM   #7
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I had the same aprehensions. But after removing mine had zero ill effects. She drives just fine and quite a bit smoother over sharp edged bumps and freeway joints.
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Unread 02-24-2009, 09:52 AM   #8
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The only way to know is remove it yourself and try it. Some people freak out and think the Jeep is going to kill them, others do not even know its gone.

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Unread 02-24-2009, 09:58 AM   #9
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not to beat a dead horse ^^^^, but I had serious reservations about removing them too, but just tried it and couldn't tell it was gone other than it rode better, now I'm running 33"s and 4.5" lift with no regret for the missing parts
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Unread 02-24-2009, 10:27 AM   #10
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I took mine off, but the one thing I tell people if they want to remove it, is this: Keep an eye on your front shackle brackets that are welded to the frame. Look out for cracks. Without the trac bar, all of the lateral force of the axle is transmitted through your shackle brackets. Also, longer shackles magnify this force -- the force trying to peel off your shackle brackets.

I'm not saying it's a bad idea to take it off, I'm just saying that when you remove parts from the Jeep, you need to think about where that force goes, that used to be taken by the trac bar.


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Unread 02-24-2009, 10:39 AM   #11
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Lose it! It was a bad answer to the "rollover scare" of the late eighties early nineties. Useless to a leaf sprung vehicle that's axle is already located in 3 dimensions.

BTW, I took mine off and the sway bar, drive 180 miles on the fwy and can't tell it's gone but for the better ride.

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The only way to know is remove it yourself and try it. Some people freak out and think the Jeep is going to kill them, others do not even know its gone.

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Unread 02-24-2009, 11:23 AM   #13
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You sound a little agrivated "mean Max", looking to justify your name maybe just messin with man . . . . .
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Unread 02-24-2009, 11:52 AM   #14
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lol mean max i know i know this has been beaten into the ground im just super cautious on this front one. I do have to replace my ball joints, tie rods, steering Column and i need to buy a steering dampener since the one on the jeep is still the stock one and has zero oil left in it thanks to the PO!!. I did notice when i got under it and turned the wheels that the bracket they sold with the procomp lift to raise up the track bar moves quite a bit when i turn right or left is that normal??? the only reason i ask is why is my axle moving from side to side like a half an inch if the track bar is still implace. Isnt the purpose of the track bar to keep the axle centered under the vehicle. And also say im on the high way and have to swerve fast will I experience over steer with it off. Like from the axle moving and then turning???
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Unread 02-24-2009, 12:34 PM   #15
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You dont need your track bars, CJ's never ran them and YJ's have wider beefier springs. I think the dealership had to put them on to meet stricter safety regulations. But most jeepers find that all they do is limit flex. If you do have a lift I would recomend keeping your sway bar and making some disco's.
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