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KyBoy1991 09-20-2013 09:26 PM

IRO vs. Hard-KOR TracBar Conversions
So I'm about to pull the trigger on getting the "death wobble cure kit" from Kevin's Offroad...then I remembered seeing the same bracket and tracbar offered at IRO. So I started reading and comparing the two. From behind the PC I can't for the life of me see a significant difference to justify the $325 vs $189 price difference.

So I turn to my fellow jeep family for real world experience. KOR tells me they can't make the comparison because they have no experience of the IRO parts. Well I get that, but generally a competitor will be able to say theirs is better for some reason or another wouldn't they? I don't doubt the quality of either, as I think they both are great companies and great products and excellent made, but is it worth the extra $$$ to get the KOR part? The price difference in my situation could cover a new set of lower front control arms...but I don't want to jeopardize the steering safety for those.

So anyone with experience of both please chime in. I'm looking to buy in 2 weeks or less so the feed back is much needed in a hurry.

Hope those links work, I'm trying to do this on my phone.

Jeeples 09-20-2013 09:32 PM

Doesn't the KOR kit come with their 60d track bar bushings? I have a set of those on my wife's WJ and they were what finally cured the DW we had issues with. Before that we were using the IRO fixed track bar and the urethane bushings they come with. Functionally that's probably the biggest difference.

riot1987 09-21-2013 07:55 AM

I have an IRO track bar. No Issues with it, I am very pleased. I dont have any experience with KOR but I know they make quality stuff. 325 is a way too expensive imo though

WhiteOut 09-21-2013 08:03 AM

I've had no issues with my IRO.

Easy to install and great quality, no issues with it staying tight.

sskilla 09-21-2013 10:26 AM

I'm with these guys. I was in your shoes and couldn't pull the trigger on the KOR pricetag.

Picked up the IRO and I'm happy with it. It's stout.

JAMS201075 09-21-2013 10:31 AM

X2 on the IRO.

Kolak 09-21-2013 12:16 PM

I'm an IRO dealer so send me a PM or email me at if you'd like one of their trackbars or anything else IRO :thumbsup:

PolkaPower 09-21-2013 01:14 PM

I had Kevins on my old ZJ and IRO on this one. No complaints either way. IRO is less expensive. That's the way I would go. Buy if from Kolak, it's mandatory or ban.

Kolak 09-21-2013 03:35 PM


Originally Posted by PolkaPower (Post 16200009)
I had Kevins on my old ZJ and IRO on this one. No complaints either way. IRO is less expensive. That's the way I would go. Buy if from Kolak, it's mandatory or ban.

:rofl: :2thumbsup:

KyBoy1991 09-22-2013 02:47 PM

I've bought from Kolak before...and from this feedback it's looking as though I'm going to do so again.

Kolak, or anyone else, can I use those harder bushings with the IRO setup? Seems to me that could be the only difference.

Is anyone else aware of a material difference or coating difference? Something that would cause that price hike?

I'm glad to see one of us has used both, saying they both good, but recommending IRO. That's what I was looking for.

Technohead 09-23-2013 04:49 AM

After getting tired of breaking track bars I got this:

Clevite bushing, real Johnny Joint, 9/16" bolt, properly welded bracket, . . . .

ajmorell 09-23-2013 08:57 AM

Having had both, I'd buy the IRO one (or the Clayton one above). The KOR one is ok, but not as stiff as the IRO one. Either way, use red loc-tite on the bolts or weld the bracket on.

98ZJLTD 09-23-2013 09:09 AM

I have the IRO track bar as well. Seems pretty beefy to me, a local 4 wheel shop made me an aluminum bushing for it when I took it in for an alignment because everything was brand new up front and I still had death wobble. Only issue I've had with it is the bushing end on the unibody side snapped on me the other day while driving in my neighborhood, emaild IRO last night with some pics to see if they could send me a new one, however I havnt heard back yet. I will say that every other time I've called or emaild them for anything else they have been super helpful and I'm sure this time will be no different.

JohnnyZJ 09-23-2013 01:15 PM

agree with tehcno head. put the IRO one beside the Clayton one you will instantly see why you want the clayton one.......

dr hook 09-23-2013 01:58 PM

I've done a LOT of lift kits for people, and now I refuse to install a kit without one of these:

and this to go with it:

IMO, RE has the best Track Bars available. Just make sure that you order the RE1660, it has the nice "johnny joint" instead of a heim.

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