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Unread 09-17-2013, 09:28 AM   #1
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Adjustable trackbar at stock height

So last night my WJ's stock trackbar broke. I have a 3" IRO lift kit at home which has a trackbar for 3-6" of lift. I don't have the money or time to install the entire lift kit at the moment so was wounding if the trackbar included in my lift kit would fit at stock height?

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Unread 09-17-2013, 09:46 AM   #2
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It'll fit but your axle will be shifted to the passenger side.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 10:00 AM   #3
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Gotcha. Would that give any damage to my rig in the long run because I don't plan on installing the lift kit anytime soon and also does this mean than my passenger side wheel will be sticking out a little bit more than usual?
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Unread 09-17-2013, 10:08 AM   #4
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It'll stick out quite a bit and will definitely cause strain on your bushings. My advice go to a junkyard or Puck and pull, grab a TB.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 10:20 AM   #5
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How did you break your trackbar? The factory one is 1 piece and is pretty solid. Did you break the bushing or mount?
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Unread 09-17-2013, 10:24 AM   #6
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So last night my WJ's stock trackbar broke. I have a 3" IRO lift kit at home which has a trackbar for 3-6" of lift. I don't have the money or time to install the entire lift kit at the moment so was wounding if the trackbar included in my lift kit would fit at stock height?
Get a buddy and buy some beer and have him help you.. make sure he has tools. If not, find another buddy. You can install that lift. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to put that lift kit on. Sounds like you need it anyway if you broke your stock track bar..

Some of the more specialized tools (Spring Compressor, etc) you can actually borrow from most retail parts stores.. they'll make you pay for them but when you return them they'll give you your money back.
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Get a buddy and buy some beer and have him help you.. make sure he has tools. If not, find another buddy. You can install that lift. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to put that lift kit on. Sounds like you need it anyway if you broke your stock track bar..

Some of the more specialized tools (Spring Compressor, etc) you can actually borrow from most retail parts stores.. they'll make you pay for them but when you return them they'll give you your money back.
Do this. Won't take you more than a few hours.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 11:02 AM   #8
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How did you break your trackbar? The factory one is 1 piece and is pretty solid. Did you break the bushing or mount?
Actually my brother was driving the jeep when it happened and he just sent me a pic and it looks like it wasn't even the trackback but the drag link that disconnected. I'm pretty sure its just the brushing since the drag link looked intact. The rigs currently at the shop so i can't crawl underneath to check but hopefully that is the problem.
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Get a buddy and buy some beer and have him help you.. make sure he has tools. If not, find another buddy. You can install that lift. It doesn't have to cost an arm and a leg to put that lift kit on. Sounds like you need it anyway if you broke your stock track bar..

Some of the more specialized tools (Spring Compressor, etc) you can actually borrow from most retail parts stores.. they'll make you pay for them but when you return them they'll give you your money back.
I know I've actually done extensive research on how to install it and my buddy is decently good at working on cars but school just started and I really don't have time. Also if I do run into a problem and the jeep goes out of commission for a few day I would be screwed since it is my daily driver. Sucks cuz the lift kits been sitting at my house for the past 4 months. Shoulda done it over summer
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I know I've actually done extensive research on how to install it and my buddy is decently good at working on cars but school just started and I really don't have time. Also if I do run into a problem and the jeep goes out of commission for a few day I would be screwed since it is my daily driver. Sucks cuz the lift kits been sitting at my house for the past 4 months. Shoulda done it over summer
Just make sure you set aside plans, and have all the tools before hand. It took me a total of six hours to do my lift, and that's with two trips to autozone, one to the hardware store, several times when I ran inside to reference the write up I was using, a lunch break and a few beers. By myself. I'm no mechanic by any means, and never have I done suspension work before then, but if I did it again, I could do it in 2-3 hours easy. Granted, I only did a 2" lift, but I can't see it taking much longer, especially if you had a buddy.
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Unread 09-17-2013, 01:43 PM   #11
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Just make sure you set aside plans, and have all the tools before hand. It took me a total of six hours to do my lift, and that's with two trips to autozone, one to the hardware store, several times when I ran inside to reference the write up I was using, a lunch break and a few beers. By myself. I'm no mechanic by any means, and never have I done suspension work before then, but if I did it again, I could do it in 2-3 hours easy. Granted, I only did a 2" lift, but I can't see it taking much longer, especially if you had a buddy.
That kit is just Shocks, Trackbar, Springs, and extended links.. are you saying that those took you 6 hours?

I think my shocks took less than 10 min a piece (that's being generous), Springs maybe 30 each (I used the compressor rather than jacking up the other side which would've been easier) and the trackbar maybe took 30 min as well.. Sway links maybe 10 min a piece. This is VERY doable in under 3-4 hours and an afternoon should not be a problem with a friend (unless you drink too much beer). :-) LOL
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