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post #1 of 9 Old 08-02-2020, 05:31 PM Thread Starter
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YJ Track Bars

I have been doing a lot of reading on the YJ track bars. Many sources say you don’t need them. They all include a big “but” saying on road handling will not be as good.
My big question is: how much does the handling worsen? It’s already a leaf spring vehicle so it was never that great to begin with. lol
Just looking for some honest feedback from people who have taken them off. Do you really notice much difference? I’m getting ready to lift my YJ two inches and it just doesn’t seem they would work correctly after a lift.

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Track bar, get rid of

sway bar, personal preference

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post #3 of 9 Old 08-02-2020, 05:53 PM
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Tossed mine in the trash along with the sway bar 18 years ago. I have never once missed them.

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The rear track bar is not needed. Small amounts of side flex won't do much.

The front track bar however is important because even a 1/8 of side flex will alter the direction of the wheels because the drag link is crosswise in these vehicles.. So keep the front one.

As for the sway bar, I had it on for years, but a year ago or so I broke off the attachment point on a rock and didn't realize it for a month.And I discovered it by checking other stuff underneath, NOT because I felt any difference in the handling even though I was commuting 60 mile a day. Offroad,however the sway bar works against you.

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Sway bar, gave it away to a friend. Have never missed it.
Rear track bar. is on my junk metal rack waiting for another project. It's a good joint, perhaps anti-wrap bar for SOA?

I have a telescoping front track bar. I loosen it off road and tighten it on road. The steering is OK without it but more precise with it. CJ's didn't have them. YJ's were built to be more road friendly so they would appeal to more people.

I'm not going to make an argument for them except I can feel a difference. However, the Jeep stiff felt safe even without the track bar.
But the steering was a little tighter with it.
They do limit articulation some.
So I installed a telescoping front. It works for me.

Remove yours. Take it for a drive.
See what you think.
Like it? Good.
Don't like it? Get a telescoping one.
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No track bars and no sway bars. Lifted 4.5" no problems for me. Honestly barely noticed any difference in steering but much better ride quality. Less jarring bouncing without them.
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Track bars. Makes the ride rough imho. Been years without one and there’s no evidence on axle or frame that it ever even had one now.

Sway bar. I prefer it on road but mine’s been disconnected and bungee’d for a year now. I have quick disconnects I need to install.

The track bar was something for lawyers to see after the fraudulent 60 Minutes tests during the reign of Ralph Nader.

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Track bars aren't needed if your spring bushings are in good shape. leafers had done just fine in high performance cars for years. My '69 Mach 1 didn't have anything but leaf springs on the back and I drove that like I stole it with no problems. You might want to consider poly bushings for any real lift, it will make the ride harsher but keep the side to side under control.
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Originally Posted by fishadventure View Post

The track bar was something for lawyers to see after the fraudulent 60 Minutes tests during the reign of Ralph Nader.

Leaf spring suspensions have been used forever without track bars.

I've got a small lift, both track bars and the sway bar have been off for years, the ride is better
on road and the Jeep performs better off road.

As has been said, if you do mostly street driving you may want a front sway bar, personal choice,
I'd run disconnects so you can flex better when on the trail. try with and without
then run it as you like.
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