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Unread 04-13-2014, 11:38 AM   #1
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What do to about front track bar

Previous owner installed rough country 3.25" lift and front track bar. I replaced it with a 3" spring/shock lift from BDS. The front trackbar however hits the diff cover. Thinking about replacing it with a stock bar. Has second hole drilled on axle side mount and a rough country bracket below the frame side mount.
Will the stock track bar be sufficient for this situation? I know some aftermarket bars have clearance issues but I don't have the money for a good one right now.







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More than likely its hitting because of the drop bracket at the frame. Get rid of that and go to stock and that should fix the problem. Then start saving for a Currie or a Metalcloak.

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Yikes. READ THIS THREAD!

At that amount of lift I would probably get an adjustable. To my understanding the Curry one is the way to go. Im not sure about a stock track bar as it may not clear and/or may pull the axle over.
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Do you have a DPA with that track bar drop bracket?I'd go with a stock track bar,lose the drop bracket and use a lock washer with the new hole.That's what I did with that same RC lift.
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Do you have a DPA with that track bar drop bracket?I'd go with a stock track bar,lose the drop bracket and use a lock washer with the new hole.That's what I did with that same RC lift.
How much of a nuisance is the axle being not centered?

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How much of a nuisance is the axle being not centered?

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the axle will be very close to centered using the new hole thats already there.
ditch all the drop brackets and the drop pitman arm.
factory track bar is fine.
get a currie or metal cloak when u can afford it, and then go back to the factory hole.
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A lot of those aftermarket track-bars require you to drill out the taper on the frame side. I doubt if you would be able to go back to a factory style bar.
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So based off all this feeling I should go back to stock and use the other hole then save up for a better track bar.

No DPA. I'll have to check it out and make sure I can go to stock until I upgrade.

Mr Sundays- read that thread and plan on curry or similar just no money for it at the moment. Pretty sure the axle is already a little to the passenger side.
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You're not going to be able to install the stock track bar without welding in a tapered insert in the frame side... You're better off bump stopping the hell out of it and waiting until you can afford a proper adjustable track bar.
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darn so next step is looking at something like this. http://currieenterprises2.reachlocal...432&p=286.9500

Side note, anyone have experience with the BDS bars? http://bds-suspension.com/product-display?sr=124423
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( Hint ) Savvy offers a JF discount and sells Currie products.

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Its not really much of a drop bracket. The center hole sits about the same place a stock bar would pivot. I currently run a rubicon express bar with the bracket to have it double shear and it goes to full bump but just touches the cover a bit on the way down. If i had adjustable arms i know i can make it clear by rotating the amount I need to correct my caster. Sine the stock hole is drilled out your best bet is going aftermarket. Metalcloak would be a good and cheap one. You can even see how well it all fits in the bracket or just mount it normally if it doesnt

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We ordered the Metalcloak track bar for my dads jeep and I wanted to see if I could use his old Rubicon Express track bar with the frame bracket from my Rough Country track bar. My current bumpstops were set to prevent the RC track bar from hitting the diff cover.

So I tore apart the front suspension and bolted up the RE bar and checked clearances at full bump. I had to clearance the RC bracket a little but I got it to work. The RE bar just kisses the diff cover but still slides down to full bump where the housing rotates a bit and it clears.

So I removed 1/2" of bumpstop extension and left it at 2". Shocks are now my limiting factor due to their 15 1/8" compressed length. So im thinking of getting some Doetsch shocks that are 14.5/24.5. I need to get adjustable arms asap so I can adjust the caster a bit and make it clear perfectly.

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Its not really much of a drop bracket. The center hole sits about the same place a stock bar would pivot. I currently run a rubicon express bar with the bracket to have it double shear and it goes to full bump but just touches the cover a bit on the way down. If i had adjustable arms i know i can make it clear by rotating the amount I need to correct my caster. Sine the stock hole is drilled out your best bet is going aftermarket. Metalcloak would be a good and cheap one. You can even see how well it all fits in the bracket or just mount it normally if it doesnt
With that bracket the pivot point sits WAAAYYY below that of the stock bar. Even the Metalcloak and Currie bar pivot points are slightly lower than stock, with Metalcloak being slightly better because it's a rod end.
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With that bracket the pivot point sits WAAAYYY below that of the stock bar. Even the Metalcloak and Currie bar pivot points are slightly lower than stock, with Metalcloak being slightly better because it's a rod end.
That heim has probably about 1/8" of clearance to the bolt head of the bolt that goes through the stock hole. It cant be that far off. Certainly no worse than a Currie bar. For a bolt on setup its not bad, but a welded on double shear bracket would be the way to go
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