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Unread 07-10-2014, 09:45 AM   #1
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Help with oil pan replacement

Hi everyone,

The oil pan on my 2003 Rubicon is just about rusted through. I ordered the parts, oiled up the bolts for a few days, and started in on it. Much to my surprise, almost all of the bolts came loose without a fuss. I needed to wrench on one bolt with a pair of vice grips. The bolts I'm struggling with are at the very front of the pan, and they're blocked by a piece of suspension equipment that was installed by the previous owner. I don't know what it is to Google its removal.

I tried to unbolt and take the piece down, but it would not budge. So here I am, asking for some help from some seasoned professionals.

Here are some pictures. Any advice on what it is and how to remove/lower it would be highly appreciated.

Thanks!

Wider view of support piece:


Closer view of blocked bolts:


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Unread 07-10-2014, 11:25 AM   #2
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That looks like your track bar. Is it bolted to the frame on one end and the axle on the other? If so it's your track bar and it's what keeps your axle centered under your jeep. I've never seen one like that, looks like it could use some rust removal and possible welding. Show us some pictures of both ends.
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Unread 07-10-2014, 11:46 AM   #3
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that is an Nth Degree front track bar drop bracket for their setup. IIRC, it uses a stock WJ double shear front track bar with a drop pitman arm. it's a pretty nice setup actually and doesn't require too much bumpstop extension to fit as I recall.

anyway, you'll need to loosen the axle side bolt of the track bar with the tires on the ground and the weight on the suspension. then the track bar can be removed and the bracket should be able to be loosened from both ends and dropped. make sure to use lots of PB Blaster.
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Unread 07-10-2014, 11:48 AM   #4
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That looks like your track bar. Is it bolted to the frame on one end and the axle on the other? If so it's your track bar and it's what keeps your axle centered under your jeep. I've never seen one like that, looks like it could use some rust removal and possible welding. Show us some pictures of both ends.
It's angled the wrong direction to be the track bar.
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Unread 07-10-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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Thank you for all the replies. I Google image searched, and it is most definitely an Nth degree track bar bracket. I'm resuming work on it again tomorrow, and hopefully I'll report back with great success. Thanks for the help.
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