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post #1 of 7 Old 06-20-2013, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Track Bar Woes

About 6 weeks ago I had serious death wobble, which I diagnosed to be wallowed out track bar bolt holes on both ends.

I reaparied this with the JKS adjustable track bar and the KOR Durometer busings with the 9/16 sleeve kit. I drilled the holes larged to accomdate the larger bolt and also welded on extra thick washers to ensure the holes did not wallow further. I got it all back together and it was solid.

The problem is that over the last 6 weeks the axle side bolt has loosened twice. I currently have a 9/16 Bolt running through there on the front side and a washer, lock washer and nut on the inside and it just wont stay tight.

I was thinking of swapping tp just the bolt and locknut with some locktite.

Any thoughts on how to keep this tight so that it doesnt wallow again?

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post #2 of 7 Old 06-20-2013, 08:43 AM
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I would think judicious amounts of Loctite would do the trick. Permatex 27100 High Strength Threadlocker supposedly adds 3,000PSI of holding power. No idea how you'd get your track bar back off, but that's a worry for another day, right? ;p

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post #3 of 7 Old 06-20-2013, 08:46 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking that would help.

On the inside of the OEM bracket would you suggest using a washer? How about the ability to hold tightness of a lock washer and nut vs a lock nut?
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post #4 of 7 Old 06-20-2013, 08:55 AM
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What thread pitch are you using? Yes, locktite would help, but I am confused as to the need - seems like an atypical problem. Use a longer bolt and double nut it. At least with blue loctite you would have an easier time removing the bolt without heat.

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Im not sure what thread pitch Im using. It is whatever coarse thread bolts Ace had in stock.

Double nutting it seems like another good idea! Thanks!
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post #6 of 7 Old 06-20-2013, 10:00 PM Thread Starter
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I got it all torn down tonight and it looks like the inside hole on the lower bracket is wallowed out a little. This hole is one that you cant get a welder into, as its fixed to the axle any ideas on how I can repair it?
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post #7 of 7 Old 06-21-2013, 08:14 AM Thread Starter
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Bump for the day crew. I need to get this fixed ASAP as its my DD. I have the inside hole of the track bar axle mount slightly wallowed out. Trying to figure out how to repair since you cant fit a welder in there.
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