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Kenbo-Slice 12-20-2010 10:01 PM

Stock track bar bracket replacement.
 
I have most of this in my build thread but I figured I would also add it here in the Fab section.

I came down hard on a rock a few weeks ago and tore apart the factory track bar bracket on my Jeep and finally decided it was time to fix the problem.

Here is a quick writeup of the work in case anyone has to do the same thing at one point or another.

First I had to get the original bracket off, COMPLETELY!

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1910.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1914.jpg

Then I had to clean up the area for the new bracket.

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1912.jpg

Then a new bracket had to be fabricated.

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1919.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1920.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1942.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1924.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1934.jpg

Old Vs. New

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1930.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1928.jpg

Mock up.

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1938.jpg

Final prep.

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1945.jpg

Time to make it stick!

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1951.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1950.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1947.jpg

The final product.

http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1959.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1955.jpg
http://i421.photobucket.com/albums/p...b/DSCF1957.jpg

Thats all. Feel free to ask questions and fire remarks. :cheers2:

DaleII 12-20-2010 10:20 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kenbo-Slice (Post 10655231)

Nice rig. My Dad was a Diesel mechanic for 30+ years and I grew up around them. I've been helping/working/volunteering for a charity truck show every year since I could. That truck would definitely take a trophy or two! :thumbsup: Once I turn 21 I want to get my CDL, and eventually one my own truck, more so for the heck of it.

Again very pretty truck. :cheers2:

Kenbo-Slice 09-20-2011 08:19 PM

I just saw your post DaleII. Thank you!

monkers 09-21-2011 04:02 AM

great job! and nice TIG welds by the way, Im still a little shakey with my little TIG.....

Kenbo-Slice 09-21-2011 01:46 PM

Thank you! TIG welding isn't that tough. When I first started I was shaky too, now I can TIG left handed or right. It all comes with practice.

Imped 09-21-2011 03:04 PM

That should hold......

Kenbo-Slice 09-21-2011 07:50 PM

Care to elaborate a bit?

Why wouldn't it?

firefighter315 09-21-2011 08:26 PM

Realize this is an old thread, but nice job Kenbo. Hopefully I will finally learn to TIG someday. :D I doubt that it would make a difference and not to question your work, but I think I would have maybe rounded of the bracket sides to mirror the trac bar end. For some reason, I picture square corners and right angles on things under the Heep to be more chance for hang ups. Anyway, looks strong! :thumbsup:

Kenbo-Slice 09-21-2011 08:37 PM

The new bracket sits about 1.25 - 1.5" higher than the factory bracket. Aesthetically speaking, adding a radius would have looked sleeker but as far as functionality goes, wouldn't have made a difference.

The corners only protrude roughly 0.25" from the edge of the bushing.

firefighter315 09-21-2011 08:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Kenbo-Slice (Post 12206343)
The new bracket sits about 1.25 - 1.5" higher than the factory bracket. Aesthetically speaking, adding a radius would have looked sleeker but as far as functionality goes, wouldn't have made a difference.

The corners only protrude roughly 0.25" from the edge of the bushing.

Copy that...such a suggestion is just my OCD coming into play. :D

Kenbo-Slice 09-21-2011 09:07 PM

Nothing wrong with that! haha

wgirvine 09-25-2011 07:08 PM

Nice work. Now for the lecture...

Hey Dumba**... wear ear muffs when you're grinding! Everytime! Or you'll wind up as deaf as me. :D

Kenbo-Slice 09-26-2011 07:55 PM

I usually do..... You can see the orange ear plugs around my neck in the pictures.

You're right though, I guess I need to pay better attention!!

wgirvine 09-26-2011 09:34 PM

HUH? WHAT DID YOU SAY????

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(see what I mean...)

Kenbo-Slice 09-27-2011 08:14 PM

I didn't hear it, but I was able to read it.


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