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Unread 10-10-2011, 06:33 PM   #1
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Wj how to properley adjust a track bar?

what is the correct way to adjust a track bar.. i was told to have it on a flat level surface and bounce the jeep and whare it sits is the proper adjustment? any other ideas. it is a RC adjustable one

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Unread 10-10-2011, 06:44 PM   #2
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Level ground, bounce it a little to settle the axle.
Measure and adjust accordingly.
Didn't think those RC trac bars were worth a crap from what I have heard, but best of luck with it.

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what is the correct way to adjust a track bar.. i was told to have it on a flat level surface and bounce the jeep and whare it sits is the proper adjustment? any other ideas. it is a RC adjustable one
bouncing it will not help, but its fun...and no "where it sit is not the proper adjustment.

The RC one adjusts from the joint side towards the body not the axles; I used to own one of those.

park the WJ next to a fixed point you can use to ratchet (or use a come along) your body over the one side or the other. If the body is offset to the driver side, your fixed point will be on the passenger side as you want to move it to the left (as you face it).

Disconnect the trac bar (pic 1)

Get a straight edge and press it against the top and bottom center or your tire side wall, measure from the edge of the straight edge to the fender....measure both side....(Pic 2) If the distance is more on one side, then you need to pull from that side. In my case, the body was further on the driver side so I had to pull it over to the passenger side.

Move the body with a ratchet or come along (pic 3)

Once the measurement are close enough for you, some say 1/16 is close enough; I get it as dead on even as possible. then you adjust the trac bar to slide in place and bolt it tight. If the holes dont line up, readjust the bar not the body. As soon as the bolt is threaded or tight then you can release the ratchet or come along.

Finally....TORQUE both ENDs...TIGHT...especially the RC TB as it has a joint at one end...
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are RC adj. track bars not really good? what are the bad sides of them cus this is what i just oardered
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They are fine...its the heim joint side that is sometimes problematic...just make sure it is always TIGHT!
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Knowing them on the XJ side, they look scary to me, but all my stuff is home made and maybe a little over kill....
Get what ye pay for in my experiences.
If your not going to wheel it hard, probably be OK.

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I ran the rc x series kit on my last wj. No problems what so ever and will probably start with that kit again for my current build. Only thing I am planning on replacing is the shocks and I'm planning on long arms up front and moving the adj. lower control arms from the rc kit to the rear. But again, I never had a problem with my track bar and will be using it again.
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Unread 10-11-2011, 06:05 AM   #8
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Is there a place to get a replacement end?
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Is there a place to get a replacement end?
Any of the normal places that sell rod ends etc.
Just Google "adjustable rod ends".
I try to stick to the name brand stuff myself, but each to their own.
Here is all my stuff on the XJ, all home made from 1.5" DOM. Kind of hard to see the trac bar, but it is directly behind the drag link (where they belong BTW)
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Is there a place to get a replacement end?
What replacement end? If its a RC part you bought, call them they will send you new bushings...
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Its the end that connects to the frame. Its like a wobbol ball joint. Im sure they could send me a new adjustable end
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call them...
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Its the end that connects to the frame. Its like a wobbol ball joint. Im sure they could send me a new adjustable end
Yes. if you have the rc trackbar and your heim joint gets bad or is loose-they will replace it for free just as they did for me not 4 weeks ago or so.
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Yes. if you have the rc trackbar and your heim joint gets bad or is loose-they will replace it for free just as they did for me not 4 weeks ago or so.

And, while you are at it request the bushings for the other end and any other bushings you may have from control arms to steering stabilizers and shocks....
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