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#1 11-07-2011 20:00:58

xj10041
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Registered: 09-18-2009
Posts: 2

Trackbars

It turns out my trackbar IS slightly loose so my boyfriend is looking for one
for me.

So, how many of you have went through trackbars? If so, how many miles
do you have on your XJ?

his '91 XJ has nearly 300K miles and never changed the
trackbar. However on skippy three have been replaced.

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#2 11-07-2011 20:01:49

reblam
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 106

Re: Trackbars

I have changed out every bar I have owned before the 80K point.
All had the begining signs of slop and wear in them.
I must admit I had free bars here from warranty pulls, so anytime I suspected a bar was wearing I just changed it out.
Like I said, I never found a bar with over 50k of wear on it that did not have some signs of wear, even though the Jeep still drove OK.
I'm honestly not sure why my friend who pulled those bars did so, but I wasn't looking down at a free source of parts!
I've done run out of the last of them though.

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#3 11-07-2011 21:19:43

james
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 90

Re: Trackbars

Don't buy one from Napa!!! I had a trackbar issue on
our '98. I put one in a couple months before leaving for Kentucky, and
it was toast before we left for the trip! I swapped it out under
warranty just a few days before leaving for SF. While in Kentucky we
noticed it was already loose...with under 1500 miles on it! It was quite
loose by the time I got home. I traded it for another warranty
replacement while looking for new bars online. When Napa bar #3 got
loose after a couple weeks I put in an adjustable bar. That one lasted
about a year, but in reality only maybe 5k miles because we weren't
running the XJ much. I ended up putting in a $25 trackbar from VIP. When
this one loosens up I'm going to build my own.

I had the same luck with Napa bars on my Ram- I went through several
warrantied bars before upgrading to a newer style that uses rubber
bushings at both ends instead of a ball and socket on one end. I'll
probably do the same with the XJ for the next bar.

Some say that the flex of off road driving wears the joints quickly,
which could explain Napa bar #2 on my XJ, but its barely been off road
since coming back from Kentucky a year and a half ago. In that time I've
been through 2 more bars. My Ram never goes off road and wore out a couple.

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#4 11-11-2011 10:36:53

87XJCherokee
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Registered: 11-01-2009
Posts: 2

Re: Trackbars

I hear ya buddy

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#5 11-11-2011 14:30:29

sucram
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Registered: 02-20-2010
Posts: 99

Re: Trackbars

My trackbar, or panhard rod as we call them, was the original from 95 until getting an adjustable one 2-3 years ago. It showed no play at all when it was removed.

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#6 11-12-2011 15:41:32

jeep99
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Registered: 03-06-2009
Posts: 10

Re: Trackbars

I'm on trackbar #5, but 4 of those 5 have been aftermarket adjustable ones.

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#7 11-12-2011 15:42:50

trapper96
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Registered: 04-07-2010
Posts: 90

Re: Trackbars

I'm using an RE adjustable track bar - going on 6 years now, have
replaced one bushing end, and two heim ends (they get loose after a
while) other than that no problems at all with it.

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#8 11-12-2011 15:45:14

paul
Helper
Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 16

Re: Trackbars

#3 for me. The stock unit was replaced with an adjustable one from
cRustys. That bar started to flex when I went to 35's. Replaced it
with the TB conversion from Kevin's Offroad.

I have replaced the frame side bushing once in the KOR bar.

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#9 11-12-2011 15:48:51

breabsrip
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Registered: 02-13-2009
Posts: 35

Re: Trackbars

i'm on my second; first was replaced at ~80K miles, and i'm at about
230K miles now.

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#10 11-13-2011 11:28:03

yaboo
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 24

Re: Trackbars

OK, to feed off the track bar issue.  I really need to get one.  Right now I only have about 1.5" of lift but plan on going to about 3 maybe by fall crawl.  I haven't seen a track bar that recommends to go below to but up to 3.  Not sure if I should just wait to get one until I put the lift on for sure.  And then of course what brand.  I have looked up some of the ones mentioned, and several are pricey and seem real strong.  I don't necessarily need a top of the line as I am not as lifted as others and don't push mine like others do (since I have to drive it home!!)  Any suggestions, I am leaning towards maybe the RE 1600, the 1660 says for 4-6 inches of lift and i don't know if I will ever go that high.

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#11 11-13-2011 11:28:51

bryan
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 51

Re: Trackbars

As you lift the vehicle more the axle gets off center a the new ride hight, adjusting the length of the track bar, or moving the mounting point over puts the front axle back under the wheel wells.

If the track bar is too long the axle will be of center the other direction, this pushes the axle to the passengers side. If you push it over too far you have interference issues with the front drive shaft hitting the exhaust down pipe.

I bought  an adjustable  track bar  for my 88 which has an OME lift on it ~2.5" to 3"  I'm running 31x10.5 bfg's  from rocky road,
It uses a replaceable tie-rod end so no changes are needed to the factory mount.
It seems heavy and nice enough but it does not adjust short enough to work with my small lift. So I went back to a factory track bar, well a replacement I got from pep-boys the tie rod end on the original was shot. A non-worn out tie rod set me back $55 the nicer but not usable until / if I lift more adjustable unit was $99.

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#12 11-13-2011 11:30:11

warman
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Registered: 08-03-2009
Posts: 81

Re: Trackbars

RE extreme duty TB and bracket and cross-brace. worth every penny. The brace is the ticket. but it all works together.

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#13 11-13-2011 11:34:14

yaboo
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Registered: 10-05-2008
Posts: 24

Re: Trackbars

Would that work with only about 3" of lift?  The tech places I saw on it had all stated for 4-6" of it.  That was one combo I had looked at but was a bit more than I wanted to spend right now but had thought about it if it will work.

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#14 11-13-2011 11:35:44

trapper96
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Registered: 04-07-2010
Posts: 90

Re: Trackbars

I have the RE 1600 track bar, it works well with 3 1/2-4" of lift - I
don't think it's quite enough for bigger, but I do think with less you
may be able to make one work. The only downside I have seen is that the
heim joint does get worn and clunks a lot if you dont keep it greasy. I
have replaced two so far in almost 6 years. (minor issue as far as I am
concerned)The heavy duty bar might be too much, length wise and how
beefy it is.

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