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Old 06-10-2018, 09:03 PM
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Track Bar

I want to put a track bar on my J10. is there a kit anyone makes ? if not I've found a late Wagoneer track bar that I'm sure I could fab brackets for. is there a place I can find pictures of what I'm trying to duplicate or does anyone have pictures ?
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Old 06-11-2018, 08:59 AM
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track bar or sway bar? you really do not need a track bar for leaf springs but a sway bar can help in drivability. There are off road company's that make a universal track bar set up for coil spring set ups.
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Old 06-11-2018, 09:28 AM
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Track bar can definitely help w/ stability, especially when towing. Ive thought about doing the same thing, and found that you can probably find a over the shelf weld it yourself bracket kit for the axle side, but youll have to either completely custom fab the frame side, or again, find something close and make it work. Its got to be really strong though, the trackbar forces the leaf springs to the side, rather than straight up and down like they want to move, especially if you have lift springs.

I found searching for "track bar" or "axle" or stuff like that on Google Images with "site:ifsja.org" after the search string will get you a bunch of images that you can quickly flip though and find ones showing the track bar bracket.

Remember, the track bar needs to be the exact same length and angle as you steering arm coming down from the pitman arm to the axle, to remove any bumpsteer.
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Old 06-11-2018, 10:37 AM
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That's what I'm after, to take the wander out of it. I have new everything including a Redhead box and I can keep it on the road but it's not a pleasure to drive.


The frame bracket you can still buy, the axle bracket I'm only guessing what that looked like . that's why I figured some pictures would tell a lot.
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:05 PM
RamJetFSJ RamJetFSJ is offline
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I had similar issues w/ mine and I finally got it where i wanted it after replacing the ball joints. Everything else had been replaced/upgraded. They were too stiff from age (not worn and sloppy). Well that and throwing the extended shackles in the trash.

What kind/lift leaf spring are you running?
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Old 06-11-2018, 03:32 PM
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Theres some good pics of the axle side bracket in this thread:
http://www.ifsja.org/forums/vb/showthread.php?t=144170
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:10 PM
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I have all new ball joints. they are a little stiff but I don't think they're bad enough to cause issues.


I see in those pictures the track bar is for a driver side drop axle. mine is passenger side. I suppose you could just move everything to the other side and go with it ?
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Old 06-11-2018, 04:57 PM
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No, I dont think so. Otherwise you axle would move in the opposite direction as your steering shaft as cause massive bump steer. It has to be mounted to the frame on the same side as the steering box. Not sure what your going to do w/ a pass drop axle. All the later years that had trackbars were drivers drop axles.
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Old 06-11-2018, 05:06 PM
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Looks like once again I hit a brick wall.
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