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Unread 04-27-2010, 10:21 AM   #1
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Are the trackbar relo brackets still junk?

I know many had issues with several different trackbar brackets breaking loose. As I see that they are still available, I'm wondering if they have been redesigned and are a viable solution? I'm thinking about a bracket for the rear and adjustable for the front. Any brands that are a known good, or bad design? Thanks for any input.

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Unread 04-27-2010, 11:36 AM   #2
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The re-location brackets are not the problem!!!
The added stress that they add to the factory brackets is the weakness.
A relocation bracket used in combination with reinforcement of the factory brackets is the solution.
There are a few options, Curry, TeraFlex, AEV, JKS, and many others offer weld-on and/or bolt-on brackets.
Some of these combine the re-location, some just reinforce the factory bracket.
You could reinforce with steel plate and welding yourself if you are so equipped.
There are a few that don't require welding, I think JKS is one.
Good luck, hope this helps
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Unread 04-27-2010, 11:55 AM   #3
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if its bolt on - I'd avoid it like the plague. ESPECIALLY if you wheel.

There's lots of adjustable bars that meet the need, are not too pricey and will allow you to return to stock height or change lifts without the added hassle.
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Thanks for the replies! I guess I'll just wait a little longer and go adjustable as I may end up going higher in future anyway.
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It's still better to reinforce them before the welds break than after!!!
You currently have large tires that will put tremendous stress on the stock brackets regardless of set-up!!
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Unread 04-27-2010, 04:38 PM   #6
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TF Rear Bracket

It depends on whose bolt on bracket you're refering to. I've had the Teraflex rear bracket on mine for 2 years and 2 trips to Moab, over 40'000km's and no problems. Its the ones that just extend off the factory ones with no addition bracing that break the welds. The adjustable tracbars are nice but don't address the roll center issue. You want your axle centered but also your trackbar to sit as flat as it did from the factory. I'm still running the factory rear tracbar as the TF bracket has 3 adjustment holes to center your axle.
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Unread 04-28-2010, 07:00 AM   #7
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It depends on whose bolt on bracket you're refering to. I've had the Teraflex rear bracket on mine for 2 years and 2 trips to Moab, over 40'000km's and no problems. Its the ones that just extend off the factory ones with no addition bracing that break the welds. The adjustable tracbars are nice but don't address the roll center issue. You want your axle centered but also your trackbar to sit as flat as it did from the factory. I'm still running the factory rear tracbar as the TF bracket has 3 adjustment holes to center your axle.
x2. This a good bracket and it is a bolt on.
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You have to remember though - this is about added leverage on the weak factory mount - not bad brackets. Yes, some brackets are designed better than others. I don't think anyone will argue that the TF bracket is a good one, but the fact that you guys have had good luck is probably more of a testament to the strength of your factory mount than it is a good bracket. Same reason why some guys have had roof leaks and some haven't - some just came out better than others. Bottom line is that there's no substitute for a new track bar.
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You have to remember though - this is about added leverage on the weak factory mount - not bad brackets. Yes, some brackets are designed better than others. I don't think anyone will argue that the TF bracket is a good one, but the fact that you guys have had good luck is probably more of a testament to the strength of your factory mount than it is a good bracket. Same reason why some guys have had roof leaks and some haven't - some just came out better than others. Bottom line is that there's no substitute for a new track bar.
I disagree 100%. Take a close look at how the TF bolt-on bracket mounts and it will answer your strength inquiries. Control arm mount, track bar mount, u-bolt on axle tube. It's not going anywhere. If it didn't have the additional mounting points and was a bolt on to the stock bracket, I would agree with you.
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I disagree 100%. Take a close look at how the TF bolt-on bracket mounts and it will answer your strength inquiries. Control arm mount, track bar mount, u-bolt on axle tube. It's not going anywhere. If it didn't have the additional mounting points and was a bolt on to the stock bracket, I would agree with you.
I stand corrected. I looked at the TF mount after that post and you are right. Did they change it? I swore that it was a tab mount.
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Poly Performance makes one that bolts to the old track bar mount (after modification) and then has two U-bolts that go around the axle tube.
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I stand corrected. I looked at the TF mount after that post and you are right. Did they change it? I swore that it was a tab mount.
At some point, yes, they did. But this version has been around for some time.

The Poly is a nice setup too.
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