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post #1 of 14 Old 01-31-2012, 03:03 PM Thread Starter
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Track bar removal help

I feel like my expertise would allow me to easily romeve this item, and I can't quite remember because it has been so long ago, but I had removed it before to check the track bar due to a DW issue I was having. Fast forward to now.
The axle side came right off. Took the cotter out of the castle nut and tried to remove the other end and no dice. I tried a ball joint seperator, a BFH, crow bar you name it. The only other thing I can think of is maybe it is threaded in there?
I am trying to do it from under the truck. I have broken my neck and back so this is in no way fun lol. Replacing the suspension so I can put her on the roadside with that big orange sign. Any suggestions from here would be greatly appreciated.

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post #2 of 14 Old 01-31-2012, 04:31 PM
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You sure it's not spinning in there? Do you have the nut off? If so, and it's just stuck in there, put the axle side back in, and start the truck... Steer back and fourth. Let the pressure from the steering do the work of loosening the other end for you...

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You sure it's not spinning in there? Do you have the nut off? If so, and it's just stuck in there, put the axle side back in, and start the truck... Steer back and fourth. Let the pressure from the steering do the work of loosening the other end for you...

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Yeah the nut is off. The track bar is completely shot, but I will definitely try this as I have tried everything else to no avail. Thanks for the tip!
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Yep, saw it back and fourth... Having the truck give it some business will most likely out do anything you might try by hand.

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Tried steering it back and forth and no dice!
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post #6 of 14 Old 02-02-2012, 08:54 PM
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The tie rod end separator you are using might be too wide, when I did mine I ran into this problem. I went and got a narrower gapped separator, soaked the crap out of the end with PB blaster, and went ape sh*t with a BFH and only then did it finally pop out.
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The tie rod end separator you are using might be too wide, when I did mine I ran into this problem. I went and got a narrower gapped separator, soaked the crap out of the end with PB blaster, and went ape sh*t with a BFH and only then did it finally pop out.
I have the narrower one. I cut back the bushing as much as I could and currently have it soaking in PB........Now to find a bigger BFH lol.
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Get a ratcheting cargo strap. Temporarily put the bolt back in the axle end. Loop the strap over the track bar and under the axle. Tighten the strap to pull the track bar downward. Smack the piss out of the side of the track bar frame bracket with a big 2-3 lbs hammer. The vibrations will loosen the track bar.

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Figured I would update the thread. I JUST NOW got it off. I tried everything except heat. So after soaking it with PB Blaster and trying to knock it out with a 12 lb sledge I decided to try heat. I heated up the drag link on the outside and then briefly around the stud and then back outside. It took one tiny pop with a small framing hammer and it came right out. So..........

IF YOU'RE TRACK BAR IS STUCK IN THE DRAG LINK USE HEAT!
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I tried several different sizes and was crushing it with a sledge hammer and had no results other than bending the forks. I have a very bad neck and back thats why it took me sooo long. I would get up the muster and try and fail then I would have to recover. Yesterday I tried again came in and googled it again and seen someone took a torch to it. I didnt have a the big torch but I had a portable propane torch and sure enough it did the trick. Made it EXTREMELY easy.
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Figured I would update the thread. I JUST NOW got it off. I tried everything except heat. So after soaking it with PB Blaster and trying to knock it out with a 12 lb sledge I decided to try heat. I heated up the drag link on the outside and then briefly around the stud and then back outside. It took one tiny pop with a small framing hammer and it came right out. So..........

IF YOU'RE TRACK BAR IS STUCK IN THE DRAG LINK USE HEAT!


how did you get a wrench into the bracket ? my ratchet won't even fit in there.

also, my castle has spun and the cotter is 180 degrees inconvenient ! the pull out side is on the backside of the bracket. how do i spin it to get the pin out ?
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i have found it easier to just remove the frame end bracket, 4 bolts, 10 minutes (includes beer time) and gives you full access.
In my case, it was a matter of the tapered stud wasn't fully tightened due to the access problem.
Clamped in a vise, max tighten and keyed.
Re-install. Vehicle on the ground. Frame side first, axle side might require you to have someone steer it left and right to move things side to side.
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post #13 of 14 Old 09-09-2012, 01:08 PM Thread Starter
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First off I used a box end wrench, and I had to use the open end. I don't recall there being a clearance issue with it. I sold the truck so I cant go out and look to refresh my memory. I do know that I used the wrench on that. The cotter pin needs to come out before you spin it. if you have to use a pair of dykes and clip the rounded end and pull it through the end you can see/reach. Once you get it out and off you will see how to adjust it.
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Heat

Old thread. But regarding heat: I just get the torch whenever I start a job on my Cherokee now. Two tool boxes, the air tools, jack stands, jack, torch. It seems nearly everything I have to break apart requires heat these days. Heat....or break things.
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