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azcat
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 01, 2006 1:35 pm    Post subject: Home-made track bar? Reply with quote

I am also working through the "death wobble". I have a 99 TJ Sport that I installed a 2" coil spring lift. The rear was lifted about 2", but the front was actually lifted about 3-4". The vehicle is now level. I took before/after pictures. I have rotated the tires, check lug nuts, tightened all front suspension bolts & nuts. My next step is to get an alignment.
After that, I am thinking maybe the track bar needs to be lengthened.

Has anyone here attempted to make their own adjustable track bar? I am not a machinist, but I am thinking - cut off the axle end of existing track bar- drill & tap (or is it die) the inside of the bar - install a heim joint of appropriate size. Adjust until axle seems centered.

I don't have the skill to do the shop stuff, but doesn't this seem cheaper than paying 100+USD for a brand-new adjustable track bar?
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PostPosted: Sun Sep 10, 2006 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Keep in mind its not a matter of being cheaper its a matter of being better. Making a ghetto fab longer trackbar isn't going to stiffen up your trackbar unless you do it correctly, but more than likely will make things worse.

I would either drill the hole to center your trackbar or buy a new adjustable trackbar. I would personally avoid trackbars that have the collar like the Teraflex ones, but buy something like JKS that has a end that disconnects and spins to avoid having any possible play in the front end.
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azcat
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 21, 2006 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It wasn't a matter of making the track bar stiffer, it was making it longer. As 'ghetto' set-ups, drilling a new mounting hole is definitley NOT the way to go. You only get one shot at making your adjustment and if you're wrong, you're forked.
I ended up getting a track bar with an adjustable end with a heim joint. The installation was straight-forward, but very difficult to drill out the larger hole required for the hiem mounitng bolt. I almost broke my thumb with that drill. Seems to have eliminated the wobble, but time on the freeway will tell. Then I can start fine tuning the length.
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PostPosted: Sat Oct 28, 2006 6:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Still had a slight wobble around 56 mph. Adjusted the track bar again and it really smoothed out the ride. Haven't had an "episode" yet. I think I have it beat. Now I can spend time & money on things that count - like huniting.
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 08, 2007 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

UPDATE: Adjusted the track bar once more. It seems like the shimmy is finally gone. Also got my new tires at the beginning of January. I went with 31x10.5 BFG A/Ts. Can't wait for Javelina season to start!
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