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Unread 09-23-2008, 07:24 AM   #1
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adjusting track bar

I have 3 rusty coils in the front with a 1.75 in spacer. Im ordering an adjustable track bar from rustys also and was looking for any tips on installation and adjustment settings. thanks in advance

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Unread 09-23-2008, 07:48 AM   #2
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Install it with the wheels on the ground.

1. Unbolt the old track bar.
2. Drive the Jeep back and forth 20 feet or so a few times. Turn the wheel back and forth a little bit while doing this.
3. Park the Jeep with the tires pointing straight forward.
4. Bounce the suspension a few times.
5. Measure the tires and confirm the axle is centered. It should have pretty much self-centered itself.
6. If the axle is not centered, turn the steering wheel a little and watch how the body shifts over the axle. Estimate how much shift you need to get the axle centered and leave the steering wheel there.
7. Hold the new track bar up to the mounting points and adjust it to that length.
8. Bolt in the track bar.
9. Measure and confirm you have the axle centered. Remember that if you need to adjust for it being off, shorten or lengthen the trackbar about 1/2 the amount it is off since it adds to one side and takes away from the other at the same time. Use the method above (turning steering wheel) to move the body over the axle after you adjust the trackbar. Turn the wheel until the holes line back up so you can bolt it up.
10. Adjust drag link to recenter steering wheel.

The mistake most people make is trying to move the axle under the Jeep. Its much easier to move the body of the Jeep over the axle. If you have a helper, you can even have them just push on the side of the body rather than using the steering wheel to move it.
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Unread 09-23-2008, 09:33 AM   #3
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Unread 07-26-2009, 01:55 AM   #4
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These are the best instructions yet. Thanks!
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Unread 07-26-2009, 02:00 AM   #5
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5/8" longer than stock is a good starting point.
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Unread 07-26-2009, 02:53 AM   #6
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Install it with the wheels on the ground.

1. Unbolt the old track bar.
2. Drive the Jeep back and forth 20 feet or so a few times. Turn the wheel back and forth a little bit while doing this.
3. Park the Jeep with the tires pointing straight forward.
4. Bounce the suspension a few times.
5. Measure the tires and confirm the axle is centered. It should have pretty much self-centered itself.
6. If the axle is not centered, turn the steering wheel a little and watch how the body shifts over the axle. Estimate how much shift you need to get the axle centered and leave the steering wheel there.
7. Hold the new track bar up to the mounting points and adjust it to that length.
8. Bolt in the track bar.
9. Measure and confirm you have the axle centered. Remember that if you need to adjust for it being off, shorten or lengthen the trackbar about 1/2 the amount it is off since it adds to one side and takes away from the other at the same time. Use the method above (turning steering wheel) to move the body over the axle after you adjust the trackbar. Turn the wheel until the holes line back up so you can bolt it up.
10. Adjust drag link to recenter steering wheel.

The mistake most people make is trying to move the axle under the Jeep. Its much easier to move the body of the Jeep over the axle. If you have a helper, you can even have them just push on the side of the body rather than using the steering wheel to move it.
Between you and Jerry B.I don't think anyone else's opinion's are needed.You guy's have the facts.
P.S. I could have used advise from both of you guys before I did the deed on my entire shoulder to arm tatt.
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Hello all, I recently put an adjustable JKS trackbar on my 2000 XJ with a 3.5" lift. I thought I did everything correctly, but when I was finished my steering wheel was ~90 degrees out of phase with the wheels pointing straight. This surprised me. Did I screw something up or is this expected? I did have to ratchet the chassis over a good 2" to get it centered over the axle.
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Hello all, I recently put an adjustable JKS trackbar on my 2000 XJ with a 3.5" lift. I thought I did everything correctly, but when I was finished my steering wheel was ~90 degrees out of phase with the wheels pointing straight. This surprised me. Did I screw something up or is this expected? I did have to ratchet the chassis over a good 2" to get it centered over the axle.
Just adjust your drag link. Unscrew the 2 nuts on there and rotate the sleeve until the wheel is straight.
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Hello all, I recently put an adjustable JKS trackbar on my 2000 XJ with a 3.5" lift. I thought I did everything correctly, but when I was finished my steering wheel was ~90 degrees out of phase with the wheels pointing straight. This surprised me. Did I screw something up or is this expected? I did have to ratchet the chassis over a good 2" to get it centered over the axle.
Besides the fact that this thread is old and you're in the wrong forum, oh well. Your steering wheel is not the only thing off. The entire reason it's off is because your toe is off as well. Reset toe, center steering wheel, be happy. And let this thread fall back into cyberspace.
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Unread 06-02-2010, 10:38 PM   #10
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Right, wrong forum. Damn I'm green... Thanks anyways, thats what I needed.
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