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post #16 of 574 Old 05-19-2013, 06:21 AM
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Well, there ya go! Keeping the axle square is important through the duration of the suspension travel... A JJ or Heim does not deflect nearly as much.
Oh crap, now do we have to worry about axle wrap with the Duroflex arms in the back. Does this mean we have to set our rear pinions 3-4 degrees lower than the driveshaft now? Lol.

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post #17 of 574 Old 05-19-2013, 03:13 PM Thread Starter
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Death wobble in the rear and you have to stop? That seems odd.

How did you diagnose the problem as being bad track bar bushings?
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post #19 of 574 Old 05-19-2013, 07:07 PM
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I don't have any bumpstop extensions installed right now, or access to a jack big enough to be able to stuff the axle.
you can use any floor jack...i've dont it with the small 2-ton floor jacks....just use wood blocks... we really need to see some full bump pics (springs & jounce removed, cup installed).
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Oh crap, now do we have to worry about axle wrap with the Duroflex arms in the back. Does this mean we have to set our rear pinions 3-4 degrees lower than the driveshaft now? Lol.
LOL... If a 750hp JK (Thread) had no issues with axle wrap running Duroflex control arms, I don't think you will need to worry about it.

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Death wobble in the rear and you have to stop? That seems odd.

How did you diagnose the problem as being bad track bar bushings?
Honestly it's an educated guess. I'm not the most well versed on this kind of thing but it seemed like a decent bet considering the track bar keeps the axle centered and it feels like the axle is shimmying side to side. I got underneath the jeep to check with a torque wrench to see if anything was loose today. I was pressed for time and the only thing I could check was my lower control arms and they were plenty tight. I tried to twist my track bar just to see if there was any obvious play but no dice, so now I'm not sure. Unless I unbolt the track bar I don't feel like I can get a good look at the bushings. Any advice would be most appreciated.
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Get a track bar that is mounted in double shear, the single shear like the one pictured will loosen and the hiem will wear out. I put a Clayton manufacturing track bar on mine and it works great so far, a few thousand miles and not one loose bolt.

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Get a track bar that is mounted in double shear, the single shear like the one pictured will loosen and the hiem will wear out. I put a Clayton manufacturing track bar on mine and it works great so far, a few thousand miles and not one loose bolt.
problem is if you want to do a double shear correctly, it's a crapload of work. cut the stock mount off, fab/build/weld on a new mount that fits between the axle housing and the tie-rod at full bump, then fab/build/weld a new track bar that fits around the diff at full bump....or run a crapload of bumpstop extension to keep stuff from bashing together.
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LOL... If a 750hp JK (Thread) had no issues with axle wrap running Duroflex control arms, I don't think you will need to worry about it.
Whew, close one. Crisis averted.
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Get a track bar that is mounted in double shear, the single shear like the one pictured will loosen and the hiem will wear out. I put a Clayton manufacturing track bar on mine and it works great so far, a few thousand miles and not one loose bolt.
Mine hasn't come loose in a little over 9 years and 90k miles. Guessing mine not might come loose because I still have a tapered mounting hole. The jeep has been through the Rubicon Trail twice, the local trails around here and plenty of washboard road over the years. The first hiem started squeaking at about 7 years, but still had to use a puller to get the bolt out. Don't know why my first RE hiem lasted so much longer than the guy up above. Have to see how long this one lasts I guess.
I could use a little bit longer bolt, one more thread would bring it even to the top of the nut , only because I have a washer in there I can't make myself take out. I call it my personal loctite test.
I do keep dreaming of the day I buy a better trackbar and drill that hole out.
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Honestly it's an educated guess. I'm not the most well versed on this kind of thing but it seemed like a decent bet considering the track bar keeps the axle centered and it feels like the axle is shimmying side to side. I got underneath the jeep to check with a torque wrench to see if anything was loose today. I was pressed for time and the only thing I could check was my lower control arms and they were plenty tight. I tried to twist my track bar just to see if there was any obvious play but no dice, so now I'm not sure. Unless I unbolt the track bar I don't feel like I can get a good look at the bushings. Any advice would be most appreciated.
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post #27 of 574 Old 05-20-2013, 12:03 PM
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When it comes to high clearance TB's for the TJ/LJ Currie is king.
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I'm also curious about this... I can pick up both front/rear trackbars from metalcloak for the price of the currie front and as long as the clearance issues are taken care of it'll be a good option
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Savvy makes track bars now?..

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Savvy makes track bars now?..
Where'd u see that
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