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Unread 07-02-2010, 06:08 PM   #1
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Track Bar adjustment

I've read the different alignment threads and haven't found anything about the best way to adjust the track bar. Whats the best way to measure so the front and rear axle are properly aligned. Thanks

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Unread 07-02-2010, 06:23 PM   #2
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Unbolt the track bar at one end and the Jeep will tend to self-center itself over the top of the axles. Jump up and down on the bumper a tad if you don't think it's quite centered which will probably finish the self-centering. The coil springs take care of that.

Once it is self-centered, just adjust the track bar length until its mounting bolt hole aligns with the mounting bracket hole and then insert the bolt. It doesn't have to be precisely centered... if it looks close to being centered, it is good enough.
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Unread 07-02-2010, 06:23 PM   #3
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I measure from the frame to the wheel...
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Unread 07-02-2010, 07:21 PM   #4
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For the rear, I used a square and measure from the outer frame rail to the inside of the rotor on each side and then used a ratchet strap to center the axle. Once centered, I adjusted the track bar and installed.

As for the front, I couldn't find a good way to get an exact measurement on both sides so I used Jerry's method from above. It worked great.
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I was wondering, I have the tires off the front and axle on jack stands. I had to check tightness on suspension due to death wobble. I found the track bar bad. Will the axle be uncentered now or am I good to install new t/b? I did have to move the wheel back and forth to get to bolts, but axle is in the same spot.....
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Unread 03-16-2011, 11:50 AM   #6
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death wobble?
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I was wondering, I have the tires off the front and axle on jack stands. I had to check tightness on suspension due to death wobble. I found the track bar bad. Will the axle be uncentered now or am I good to install new t/b? I did have to move the wheel back and forth to get to bolts, but axle is in the same spot.....
By removing the old TB the jeep will want to "self center" on its own.
To really make sure, you need to bounce the suspension. That allows the bushings to relax a little bit and go back to center.
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Unread 03-16-2011, 01:33 PM   #8
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Unbolt the track bar at one end and the Jeep will tend to self-center itself over the top of the axles. Jump up and down on the bumper a tad if you don't think it's quite centered which will probably finish the self-centering. The coil springs take care of that.

Once it is self-centered, just adjust the track bar length until its mounting bolt hole aligns with the mounting bracket hole and then insert the bolt. It doesn't have to be precisely centered... if it looks close to being centered, it is good enough.
i assume you do this with the wheels off the ground?
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Its much easier to install a track bar with the wheels on the ground.
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Unread 03-16-2011, 01:41 PM   #10
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By removing the old TB the jeep will want to "self center" on its own.
To really make sure, you need to bounce the suspension. That allows the bushings to relax a little bit and go back to center.
Again, this isn't the case if bushings aren't present. Joints have misalignment so they don't "self center."
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Unread 03-16-2011, 02:07 PM   #11
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I agree that if its off a little it really doesnt matter. I dont think the bounce method will get you exactly centered.

As above, I measured from the frame to the wheel and used a ratchet strap.
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