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Unread 07-22-2014, 07:24 PM   #1
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Question Track bar bushing going out in couple days!!

Having problems with a lot of play with track bar bushings going out after a few days of use. This is my 3rd track bar from two different companies (Mastercraft? and crown automotive) Trying to figure out if its just crappy track bar bushings in aftermarket TB or is there an underlying problem causing this. I ordered a JKS track bar and I don't wanna put it on if there is an underlying issue. Yes I have the dreaded death wobble and if it calls for the KOR super hard bushings to fix this problem then, so be it.

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Unread 07-22-2014, 07:32 PM   #2
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DW will definitely chew up track bar bushings pretty quickly. Question is, is it the cheap track bar bushings causing the DW? Hard to know for sure until you get some decent bushings in there. Do a dry steering test and look for play in everything else. Also, Zone Offroads bushings are harder than KORs and like $50 cheaper. $11 a set last I checked.
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Unread 07-22-2014, 07:38 PM   #3
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The mounting holes may be ovaled out, allowing the track bar to move and later destroying the bushings.

Others have welded appropriately sized washers over the wallowed holes to prevent unwanted movement.
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Unread 07-22-2014, 08:25 PM   #4
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Ok, Ill look at the Zone bushings. My stock track bar had about 150,000 miles on it and got death wobble on my way to Colorado and bushings in it where bad. I've checked my mounting holes several times and bolts never became lose or even moved a bit when I crawled underneath it and had someone move the steering and checked them today again just to make sure. ALSO! will the Zone bushing fit in the JKS track bar?
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Unread 07-22-2014, 08:35 PM   #5
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I checked for play in TRE and other bushings etc and didn't see anything and had a suspension shop look also and they replaced an outer TRE on the passenger side which helped a bit with steering tightness but DW came back a day later after hitting a bump. I'm hoping its just the crappy TB bushings!
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