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post #1 of 11 Old 06-17-2014, 03:14 AM Thread Starter
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Jacking Up Jeep For Track Bar?

Hi all,
Just wondering if I need to put my Jeep on stands to install my adjustable track bar? What about sway bar links? I've read mized reports. Both are long overdue. I have a garage I can use usually, but right now only my driveway is available to me, and it's all mud. Not a surface I want to use a jack and stands on. Thanks!


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post #2 of 11 Old 06-17-2014, 05:15 AM
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Shouldn't need to be on stands or jack . Helper is always nice . One way to get things lined up is push the body side to side , another way is by turning the steering to move the axle . Can be a pain by yourself , or really easy with help .

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I just eyeball it every time. I use the steering wheel which moves the body over the axle when the bar is disconnected. Works great.
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post #4 of 11 Old 06-17-2014, 05:36 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the replies! I figure I'd eyeball it and adjust the bar accordingly. First time doing it so hopefully I can get the axle to center correctly.

Would I be all set doing the sway bar links while its on the ground as well? If I can get it done in one sitting that'd be mint.

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What brand track bar ?
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post #6 of 11 Old 06-17-2014, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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IRO double shear adjustable. Bought it off a forum membw

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post #7 of 11 Old 06-17-2014, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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IRO double shear adjustable. Bought it off a forum member, and just got a new hardware kit for it last week.

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You do not need to put it on jack stands for any of that. It should be on level ground to get proper measurements.
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post #9 of 11 Old 06-17-2014, 06:21 AM
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Install the bracket . Measure your wheels as best you can to see where it sits w/o the track bar . Measure the eye to eye for the track bar mounting hole (bracket/axle) . Calculate how much the jeeps body has to move , apply the result to the track bar measurement and adjust accordingly . Install the axle side bolt first , then the bracket side using methods listed above . If you get a equal measurement on both sides first time , congrats , however , expect to need a tweak or two . To confirm both axles are in line , run a stringline around all four tires , make sure the front wheels are straight . The rear axle has a slight toe in so there will be a gap on the front side between the string and tire . This should appear the same on both sides to achieve the correct thrust angle . Any adjustments will off center your steering . With everything lined up by the string , now reset the wheel position , if you got it right , the wheel will remain straight when driving .

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post #10 of 11 Old 06-18-2014, 10:19 AM Thread Starter
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Sweet, thank for all the replies. Hoping to get this stuff done today finally. Just need to put my roommates car in neutral and let it glide out of the driveway

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post #11 of 11 Old 06-18-2014, 02:43 PM Thread Starter
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Put on hold cause I can't get the stupid nut loose on the track bar... grrrrr

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