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post #1 of 17 Old 11-21-2020, 07:04 AM Thread Starter
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Adjustable track bar for lowered ZJs?

My Jeep is sitting about an inch lower because I put 4x2 Moog front Springs on and I like them but it's now sitting lower and the axle is shooting out to the right. All the track bars as I see are for lift kits, is there a shorter one?

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post #2 of 17 Old 11-21-2020, 07:47 AM
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I've never seen a shorter tb for lowering but you are on the right track. A shop may be able to shorten your stock bar or make you a new one.

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post #3 of 17 Old 11-21-2020, 03:30 PM
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When is the last time you changed your track bar?
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post #4 of 17 Old 11-22-2020, 10:35 AM Thread Starter
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When is the last time you changed your track bar?
A couple of years ago. My springs are thinner and are settling.
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post #5 of 17 Old 11-22-2020, 08:30 PM
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OK, this is what I have discovered. About a year and a half ago, I started getting the old "death wobble" I grabbed a new track bar from Napa, found out it was really clumsy to change on the ground so I took it to a shop. When the track bar was changed by steering wheel was off by at least 45 degrees. They concluded that I also needed a wheel alignment which I disagreed. If the only thing different was the track bar the it has to been the wrong track bar. I had a conversation on here with a guy (can't remember his name) but he had an old one. The measurement was (now this is to memory) was 35 1/4" The one I had was 35 1/2" I went back to Napa and checked with their other versions, checked at AC Delco and they were all the same length. My understanding is that all these pieces are made offshore and for some reason they are now longer, and also I believe the eyelet is too small for the original bolt so had to put a standard size bolt in.
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post #6 of 17 Old 11-22-2020, 08:36 PM
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So I am thinking that perhaps your front diff was shifted but you never really had a good look at it until you changed your front springs. At stock height or so the track bar is pretty much parallel to the diff so shouldn't affect the way it is situated in the frame. (unless it is too long) Mine still bugs me and I did find an adjustable track bar but can't remember where that works for stock height up to 3.5" lift. I am not going to do anything right now as it is winter, but hopefully in the spring. I hope this helps you out. If I come across the adjustable one I will let you know.
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post #7 of 17 Old 11-22-2020, 08:58 PM
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Rough Country has the adjustable track bar you would be looking for!
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Rough Country has the adjustable track bar you would be looking for!

Oh man that's great news, do you have a part number for that track bar?

When I put my moog bar on a few years ago, I did notice the steering wheel was quite a bit off and I even posted about the track bar possibly being too long.
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post #9 of 17 Old 11-23-2020, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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I found it. But is it shorter than stock to allow for that adjustment?
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post #10 of 17 Old 11-23-2020, 08:32 PM
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I didn't call them to see. You might have to make a call and see what the shortest is that it goes. If you do, let me know. I will be looking for one in the spring. Thanks.
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post #11 of 17 Old 11-25-2020, 10:16 AM
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Even my JKS bar that was advertised for stock applications was a bit long without a lift.

I'd be very surprised if the RC bar works in lowered applications. They also have a really bad rep for the joints going bad fast.


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Yeah RC is kinda trash. You could cut and sleeve the one you have...

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post #13 of 17 Old 11-26-2020, 04:49 PM
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That is good info to know! I just saw their track bar advertised and it said it was good for stock to 3.5" lift. The last thing you need is ****ty bushings. (DEATH WOBBLE!) Thanks for that.
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post #14 of 17 Old 11-26-2020, 04:55 PM
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I am not sure sleeving a cast track bar would work. They are pretty rough castings. While we are on the subject, are the "quality" adjustable bars made of cast or mallable steel? And are the bushings replaceable? Perhaps one of those would be a better unit to shorten, and rethread? And then you should have that one for life!
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Good ones are DOM tubing.


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