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post #1 of 8 Old 06-23-2020, 09:22 AM Thread Starter
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97 TJ Rear Track Bar Install

Dumb Question.
What's the worst that will happen if I install my Rear track bar backwards? IE spinning it around 180 deg so that the drivers side is now on the passenger side.

More info - Jeep has a 3.5" Rubicon Express lift in the rear, with the RE bracket installed for the rear track bar on the axle.
We removed the track bar to replace the bushings, and it would not go back in with new bushings. Upon closer inspection I also see that it's been rubbing against the gas tank (yes I searched this forum and see that it's a problem that exists due to pinion angle).
The previous owner actually created a skid plate between the gas tank and the track bar. Problem is that it makes a horrible banging sound when offroading.
I also tweaked my exhaust bracket so that it's not making contact with the exhaust. Important to note that in it's previous installation it made contact with both the shock and the exhaust as well.

The only way that we could get the track bar to go back in with the new bushings was to install it upside down. The old bushings were soo shot that it allowed enough play so that it would mount into the odd angle.

I've done all the measurements and the axle is sitting where it should. everything lines up perfect. I did some light off roading in it yesterday, and everything seemed fine.

So is there any issue with installing it backwards that i'm not aware of?


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post #2 of 8 Old 06-27-2020, 08:40 AM
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Running the track bar reversed will not directly impact the movement arc of the axle, that is defined entirely by the location of the mounts. Is the track bar straight or curved? If straight, no problem at all assuming the bushings and mounting bolts are the same on each end.

If curved, the track bar is bent the way it is for clearance at full stuff, and swapping it may cause a problem there. Is the track bar symmetrical? Does swapping it change the orientation and path of the tube?

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Just a thought here....maybe the track bar was in backwards the whole time, and now you’re installing it the right way?
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Just a thought here....maybe the track bar was in backwards the whole time, and now youíre installing it the right way?
That was my thought as well.. . .
Everything seems ok. Spent a day wheeling yesterday, and no binding, does not hit anything else. . .
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Just a thought here....maybe the track bar was in backwards the whole time, and now youíre installing it the right way?
My thought as well; a picture of the installed rear trackbar from the OP would likely help confirm or deny this theory.

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the problem is, r.e. track bars are thin walled garbage!
i broke a front one, and i aint the first person to do it.
i was lucky i was going slow. track bars are important!

use a factory one with a relocation bracket, or buy a quality one like currie or metal cloak.
sell yours on market place to a mall crawler.

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the problem is, r.e. track bars are thin walled garbage!
i broke a front one, and i aint the first person to do it.
i was lucky i was going slow. track bars are important!

use a factory one with a relocation bracket, or buy a quality one like currie or metal cloak.
sell yours on market place to a mall crawler.
You broke it wheeling, and slamming on the front diff? You caught it before you went back on the road? Or caught just snapping while rolling down the road?

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You broke it wheeling, and slamming on the front diff? You caught it before you went back on the road? Or caught just snapping while rolling down the road?
im sure it had hit the diff b4, but i did not know that then.
it was my first tj ,and pretty early in its life.
it broke on the street, under normal driving conditions.
but the heim was bent, so it had hit something at some point.
it sheared in half, at the jam nut, in the heim threads.

without serious bump stop extensions, it will hit, its unavoidable.
i believe my bump stop extensions were 2.5" or 3", and it was still hitting.
what ever size came with a super lift 4" lift back then.
they looked like 3" body lift spacers.

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