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Unread 08-03-2007, 10:33 PM   #1
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Re 3.5 Sf ?

I thought I remembered reading about this, but I couldn't find anything. For those of you who have this kit...

When you install, do you have to drill a relocation hole for the stock trac bar? I'm guessing that would be a major PITA. Would I have to drill if I went with the JKS adjustable trac instead?

Obviously the JKS ad. trac is more $$$, but is it the better option?


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Unread 08-03-2007, 11:18 PM   #2
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you have to drill either way....to reuse stock (less favorable) you have to drill another hole to relocate the TB..

I got the RE adj TB when I did mine...and you have to drill out the hole to a larger size...(more favorable)...
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Unread 08-04-2007, 06:21 AM   #3
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Az is right. If you re use stock like i firts did then you need to drill a hole 3/4" further towrds center. If you go with aftermakert then you will have to redrill your track bar bracket towrds the steering box side(RE track bar). I have change suspension parts out so much and tires that it seemed that the stock one left my axle too far on passenger side so i went to an adjustable .
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Unread 08-04-2007, 06:40 AM   #4
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Yep, with the JKS you need to make the mounting hole on the frame side larger - 9/16 if I remember correctly. Stock it's a tapered hole, so drilling it isn't difficult. You don't need to worry about lining it up right. It is a bit difficult to get a drill in that space, an angle drill would be nice to have. I forgot to get this drill bit when I did my lift, and drilled it to 1/2" then used my dremel to make it big enough. I think this was much easier then trying to relocate the bracket on the axle side. And the JKS bar is much beefier than the stock one.
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Unread 08-04-2007, 06:43 AM   #5
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I went through 3 "hardened" bits doing that thing. Of course, that was before someone introduced me to the wonders of drilling oil. I highly recommend the strudiest bit you can buy and drilling oil for this job.
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Unread 08-04-2007, 07:34 AM   #6
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definitely agree with the oil...

Lube and go sloooooooooowwww....it cuts right thru
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Unread 08-04-2007, 07:57 AM   #7
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I have this lift.

Do it right the first time and use the RE or JKS adjustable track bar.

Do you really want two holes in your frame track bar mount thus weakening it?

Stock track bar is marginal for a lifted Jeep. Plenty of people do it, but I would advise against it becouse of what I saw happen to another Jeeper while I was at FT Bragg. He had the new hole drilled slightly off causing problems. A shop had to cut the welds, remove the mount, do the same thing from a wrecked Jeep, and reweld it. Big bucks at $90 an hour labor.
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Unread 08-04-2007, 09:41 AM   #8
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I would definitely spend a few extra $$ and go with the adj. trac bar. I have a 4.5 SF kit and just drilled out the mounting hole. Big tip that was helpful for me when I finally figured it out...Im not sure what type of drill you are going to use, mine was a porter&cable 19v drill, pretty powerful. If you are going to use a drill like this which I recomend, set the clutch on it so you don't break your wrist when the drill bit catches hard on the metal. just don't have the drill set on "drill" set the clutch on the drill to slip b/c a decent 19v drill is pretty darn powerful and when it catches there are way too many things you will be working around that would love to smash your hand, haha. Other than that, it was pretty easy...lots of drilling oil too!
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Unread 08-04-2007, 08:09 PM   #9
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Thanks for the input guys. I've had pretty good luck with JKS stuff. I've been leaning that way.
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