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Unread 09-14-2013, 12:19 PM   #1
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stock track bar differences between years?

Found someone who was getting rid of some stock pieces from his newer 4dr and noticed that his stock track bar had a flexible joint on the frame end.
My stock track bar is solid on both ends.
Was going t replace mine with his anyway cause mine is worn but wondering if the flexible joint on the newer one is better or worse in design....anyone?

I've thrown in a quick picture.

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Unread 09-14-2013, 02:07 PM   #2
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Almost no difference. Waste of time/money because the stock track bar itself has so much bend and flex anyway. Just spend a couple hundred and get a real track bar that will actually improve handling. If it is free AND has significantly less miles, might be worth something.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 02:49 PM   #3
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Almost no difference. Waste of time/money because the stock track bar itself has so much bend and flex anyway. Just spend a couple hundred and get a real track bar that will actually improve handling. If it is free AND has significantly less miles, might be worth something.
Was free, figured it can't hurt till I pony up for a "real" track bar. I'm not a kid with rich parents. Two teenagers, one in college. Just trying to keep my sanity by getting out and wheeling occasionally. Some help from Jack and Jim too
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Unread 09-14-2013, 02:58 PM   #4
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It won't make any difference for you but hang onto it and you'll have a spare if the original gets damaged.
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Unread 09-14-2013, 03:43 PM   #5
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Was free, figured it can't hurt till I pony up for a "real" track bar. I'm not a kid with rich parents. Two teenagers, one in college. Just trying to keep my sanity by getting out and wheeling occasionally. Some help from Jack and Jim too
What's with the attitudes here lately?!
Im married with school loans, mortgage etc too. My parents are broke and i work my *** off, paid my own way as well.

Anyway like I said, there may be a very small improvement, and if it was free, throw it in.
BUT be really careful installing it. Observe that the older bushing style has a much thicker metal sleeve. If the mounting holes on the frame side are enlarged AT ALL, that cheap thin sleeve on the rod end will literally compress and squeeze and deform. Mine actually compressed itself onto the bolt, squeezed out through the barely enlarged mounting holes, and I had to cut it out with a reciprocating saw. That was when I ordered a synergy track bar and frame side brace. Lol
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Unread 09-14-2013, 03:45 PM   #6
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Observe.



I had to find that used older style track bar to get my jeep on the road until the synergy parts came in. Notice how the thin metal sleeve had been pressed out into the mounting hole. And the sleeve become one with the bolt. I didn't come anywhere near 125lbs of torque, it just squeezed and deformed. Junk.
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Unread 09-15-2013, 05:05 AM   #7
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The most expensive aftermarket trackbar I know of is a $250 double jointed currie, and while $250 could be tough to swallow if unplanned for, it's completely doable if you save up for it. Pretty sure not all people who decide to save their money and buy stuff for themselves are not rich kids with rich parents, some of us actually work for a living. Drop your attitude or you'll get some in return.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 10:15 AM   #8
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Thanks all...appreciate the input.
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Unread 09-16-2013, 01:28 PM   #9
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The most expensive aftermarket trackbar I know of is a $250 double jointed currie, and while $250 could be tough to swallow if unplanned for, it's completely doable if you save up for it. Pretty sure not all people who decide to save their money and buy stuff for themselves are not rich kids with rich parents, some of us actually work for a living. Drop your attitude or you'll get some in return.
Any by the way, I did not post my response with any attitude at all and even joked about Jack and Jim with a nifty little "cheers" toon.
Go play internet police to someone else.
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Any by the way, I did not post my response with any attitude at all and even joked about Jack and Jim with a nifty little "cheers" toon.
Go play internet police to someone else.
I didn't think his comment was directed to you.
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