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Unread 05-13-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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Need help with OME rear trac bar bracket

I started installing my OME rear trac bar bracket tonight. I have questions:

1) SIDE HOLE - I've noticed that the predrilled hole for the OME tracbar bracket does not line up with the hole on the factory mount that the trac bar was in, unless I hold the OME bracket about a 1/16 of an inch away from the factory mount. It seems to me the OME bracket should be bolted up tight against the factory mount. So now I am wondering how to drill my new holes. Do I put a washer between the OME bracket and the factory bracket? Or is their supposed to be some gap for tension as I tighten it down?

2) TOP HOLE - When I hold the OME bracket into position their seems to be barely enough room to drill the top hole. It looks like I will be within about an 1/8" of the edge of the factory mount. Does that sound right? I had thought that OME would just have me drill out the hole that was used to hold the factory cover over the old trac bar in place, but I am no where near that hole. Am I doing something wrong?

Does anyone know of detailed write up on installing the OME tracbar bracket? I couldn't find anything.

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Unread 05-13-2011, 09:40 PM   #2
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I have to fire up the way back machine for this one. But I remember a similar issue with my OME trac bar bracket. I ended up welding it to the axle after much frustration and many broken bolts. Not a solution I am proud of but, it has worked for nearly six years and I don't have a need for an adjustable trac bar in the rear with so little lift soo....
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Unread 05-13-2011, 10:15 PM   #3
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So far I haven't broken any bolts or drilled anything yet. I really don't know which way to go with it. It seems like it might be best to bolt up the OME bracket to the factory mount and then drill the side hole and see if I can tighten in down enough to bend the OME bracket inwards. But I don't know how I could possible keep the bolt from spinning if I have the other bolt in the way. But unless I can get some better advice from others on the forum that is my current plan for the morning. Wish me luck. I will need it.
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Unread 05-13-2011, 10:44 PM   #4
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Wow, I honestly don't remember having problems with my OME bracket. Tmw morning Ill get down there and take a few pics of mine so you can see how I did it!
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Unread 05-14-2011, 09:18 AM   #5
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Wow, I honestly don't remember having problems with my OME bracket. Tmw morning Ill get down there and take a few pics of mine so you can see how I did it!
Pictures would be much appreciated. I look forward to seeing a couple. If possible please take one from underneath to show if you have any gap between the bracket and factory mount. Thanks.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 09:50 AM   #6
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She's a little dirty underneath but...

From passenger side looking across at it



From Drivers side just inside the front side of the tire



Directly on top



Here you can see that there is about a 1/8-1/4 gap where that hole is

and lastly from underneath :

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Unread 05-14-2011, 09:51 AM   #7
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hope that was helpful!
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Unread 05-14-2011, 10:02 AM   #8
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Thanks for the pictures. They are helpful. I don't see the gap on yours that I could see on mine. I think yours fits better than mine will. But I'll give it a shot and see how it looks when its done. I just hope the gap I have doesn't allow it to loosen up and wallow out any holes.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 10:05 AM   #9
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Yeah, those scratches in the last pic are from a pipe wrench to finish turning the torx... I hate torx. But if I remember correctly there was a slight gap, less than the width of a quarter, and we just tightened it up until it bent into shape with the stock mount. I don't remember an overwhelming gap though.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 11:18 AM   #10
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I went out and started putting things together today and it looks like there is more freeplay between the bolts than I expected so the bracket should snug up pretty decent. I noticed you used the factory bolt in the lower hole and the directions say to use the factory bolt with the track bar in the OME mount. I wonder if it makes a difference? I think I'll probably do it like you did and put the factory bolt in the lower hole since the nut has that wing on it to hold it in places as I tighten it down.

PS, Did you remove the pictures already? I don't see them now.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 11:37 AM   #11
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No, they should still be there If anything right click on the red x and copy the link to the pictures and open it in a new tab or window

I still see them
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Unread 05-14-2011, 11:53 AM   #12
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Pictures are back. I don't know why the disappeared before.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 11:59 AM   #13
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If I remember correctly, I put the factory bolt in the factory hole because it just made sense to keep the factory components together. (At least it made sense to me). I can't seem to find the PDF of the directions online, and my memory is a little fizzy as I put it on more than 3 months ago and I don't remember what I did 3 days ago lol.
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Unread 05-14-2011, 06:52 PM   #14
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HOSES: Are any of your hoses below the tracbar? I just put my tracbar on and the hoses look very tight tucked between the trackbar and the body. So I was wondering if I should pull the trac bar off again and move the hoses below the tracbar.
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HOSES: Are any of your hoses below the tracbar? I just put my tracbar on and the hoses look very tight tucked between the trackbar and the body. So I was wondering if I should pull the trac bar off again and move the hoses below the tracbar.
You can see in the last picture I posted the hoses go over. I have a 1.25" BL so guess it wasn't as tight a squeeze.
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