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post #1 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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No rear track bar, does it matter?

when reinstalling my rear track bar I broke off a bolt on the axle side. I ended up just leaving it off. It seems to drive fine and be stable. Do I have anything to worry about?


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post #2 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 02:24 PM
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Yea, what is keeping your axle centered and preventing it from shifting side to side?

You need your rear track bar unless you have triangulated uppers.
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post #3 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 02:24 PM
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You absolutely need the trackbar on any TJ that has not had its suspension triangulated. Not only will the rear axle shift out to the side in a substantial maneuver, especially in an emergency, the control arms can be damaged when that shift happens as they are not designed to withstand that kind of side loading.

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post #4 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 02:28 PM
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Not having a track bar is bad, very bad....
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Track Bars Are Over Rated, So Are Control Arms

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post #6 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
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ok, glad I asked. I'll get on that.

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post #7 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 03:20 PM Thread Starter
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oh wait. I'm an idiot. Big typo .. Its the sway bar that I don't have. The track bar is fine. Do I need the rear sway bar ? ??

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post #8 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 03:24 PM
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Yep, ya need that too to help balance the f/r suspension. Plus it'll handle far better with it attached & functional. I had three Boy Scouts with me on the way back from an offroading trip where I had unknowingly broken one of the two rear antiswaybar links which disables it entirely. We all noticed and they all loudly (but with good humor) complained about how the TJ was swaying & supposedly making them "seasick". I kept stopping to look to see what had happened but didn't find the broken antiswaybar link for a few more days. The lack of a rear antiswaybar definitely caused a very noticeable degradation in the TJ's handling.

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post #9 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 04:03 PM
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i took my rear sway bar off and i really cant tell the diff,
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post #10 of 10 Old 05-15-2006, 04:23 PM
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Yep, ya need that too to help balance the f/r suspension. Plus it'll handle far better with it attached & functional. I had three Boy Scouts with me on the way back from an offroading trip where I had unknowingly broken one of the two rear antiswaybar links which disables it entirely. We all noticed and they all loudly (but with good humor) complained about how the TJ was swaying & supposedly making them "seasick". I kept stopping to look to see what had happened but didn't find the broken antiswaybar link for a few more days. The lack of a rear antiswaybar definitely caused a very noticeable degradation in the TJ's handling.
I've read that story now so many times. I feel like I could tell you the boys' names, what they ate that morning, and what they were wearing.

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