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#1 09-28-2011 08:52:47

big
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Registered: 09-27-2008
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Extreme Duty Trackbar

I'm looking for info from anyone who is running the RE 1660 Extreme Duty trackbar. I am having some deathwobble issues and am planning on replacing my hubs, ball joints and checking both ends of the track bar. i have the RE 1660 and it has a rebuild-able end on the frame side that attaches to the HD mounting bracket that could also be contributing. It's hemorrhaging grease and seems to be locked up.
Anyone have any experience rebuilding it? I might just buy the $65 complete end as a spare and then order part to rebuild it on the bench for when this one goes bad too...

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#2 09-28-2011 09:02:51

noahwell
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Re: Extreme Duty Trackbar

Hey, there's a couple of things you can do.  First is you can just try tightening the joint and see if that makes any difference.  When you unbolt the trackbar from the bracket, if the joint moves around easily, it needs to be tightened (or rebuilt).

Next is you can rebuild it with a set of new races if the ball is still in good shape.  They run about $9 plus shipping.

Worst case you buy a complete new small SF assembly for about $35 + shipping and rebuild the whole thing.  Or a complete new coupler end (w/SF joint) would be about $50 + shipping.

If you don't have it already, I'd also recommend looking into getting the RE1670 cross-frame brace for the trackbar mount.  It runs about $75 and bolts to the RE1665 bracket and runs under the motor to the passenger side frame rail to stiffen up the whole mounting and prevent the bracket from flexing the unibody any.  I run this on my rig and like it a lot (don't know that I had any issues before it though).  If you're handy with a welder it wouldn't be hard to fab up something similar on your own though.

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#3 09-28-2011 09:04:16

big
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Re: Extreme Duty Trackbar

Good info! So the 1660 runs the small SF assembly? I guess I need to get the special tool to disassemble the joint it to even diagnose whether the ball is ok, right?

I was just looking at their site and saw that cross frame brace - I'm not convinced I don't have flex at the bracket. It may be my imagination but I 'feel' some play when turning left. Almost like the frame rail is flexing or something. Only when turning the wheel left though - am I right in thinking that turning left pushes outward on the drivers side uniframe and turning right pulls on it?

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#4 09-28-2011 09:06:58

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Re: Extreme Duty Trackbar

IMHO the RE tool is the easiest way to go for working on the joints.  You could make your own spanner wrench if you wanted, but considering how cheap the RE tools are, IMHO it's not worth the time to DIY.  And yes, the trackbar runs the same small SF joint they use in the upper arms.

You are correct that the steering box 'pushes' on the frame when you turn left, and pulls on it when you turn right.

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