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Old 03-11-2014, 11:47 AM
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Traction Bar and Ball Joint Issue

This afternoon I picked my truck up from the shop. I had them put in a 2" coil spacer and blocks in the rear. I have heard the truck making a popping noise when I have been driving, which he explained/showed me where I need to replace the traction bar along with adding an adjustable ball joint.

Can anyone point me in the right direction as to where I need to order these specific parts?

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Old 03-11-2014, 03:52 PM
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If you want an aftermarket track bar check out Precision Metal Fab. They are a sponsor on here.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:51 PM
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If you want an aftermarket track bar check out Precision Metal Fab. They are a sponsor on here.
Thank you. I want to make sure that whichever track bar I purchase not only is the right one but clairification on how it's installed. If I purchase an adjustable track bar will it mount to the factory ball joint? With the lift it's not flush.
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Yes I believe he sells a track bar that connects to the ball joint. Give him a call and I am sure he will be happy to explain anything you need to know. He has been great in my dealings with him and has awesome products. Here is a link for you.

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Yes I believe he sells a track bar that connects to the ball joint. Give him a call and I am sure he will be happy to explain anything you need to know. He has been great in my dealings with him and has awesome products. Here is a link for you.

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Thank you! I really appreciate it. I sent them a note through their website last night and plan on calling them today.
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Old 03-12-2014, 08:16 AM
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Yes I believe he sells a track bar that connects to the ball joint. Give him a call and I am sure he will be happy to explain anything you need to know. He has been great in my dealings with him and has awesome products. Here is a link for you.

2005-2012 Ford F-250/350 Direct Replacement Adjustable Trackbar
I just got a call back from 4 Wheel Parts. He said if I put in a drop bracket that should solve the issue. Anyone have an opinion on this fix?
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Get under the truck and have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth. Look for any movement on either the ball joint or the bushing of the track bar. Its not uncommon for the ball joint to be worn out. If its worn out a drop bracket will not fix the issue. You will either need to replace the trackbar or put a new ball joint and bushing.
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Get under the truck and have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth. Look for any movement on either the ball joint or the bushing of the track bar. Its not uncommon for the ball joint to be worn out. If its worn out a drop bracket will not fix the issue. You will either need to replace the trackbar or put a new ball joint and bushing.
The guy who installed my lift showed me how the track bar isn't flush on the ball joint and there is some play when moving the wheels back and forth. It is also causing a popping noise.

I am thinking that I should replace the entire assembly to be safe.
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The guy who installed my lift showed me how the track bar isn't flush on the ball joint and there is some play when moving the wheels back and forth. It is also causing a popping noise.

I am thinking that I should replace the entire assembly to be safe.
In that case a drop bracket will not fix the issue. You will need to replace the track bar (or replace the bushing) and the ball joint. Since you leveled it you will probably be happier replacing the track bar.
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In that case a drop bracket will not fix the issue. You will need to replace the track bar (or replace the bushing) and the ball joint. Since you leveled it you will probably be happier replacing the track bar.
Thank you. I talked with the guy who has the brackets and he said that will certainly fix the problem. So I am going to call the mechanic and talk with him, but I think you are right. I might be better off replacing the entire track bar.

The guy selling the brackets said that it would drop the bar down about 2" putting it back to where it was prior to the leveling kit, which I had no issues. If I go with the bracket I'll probably replace the ball joint as well.
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