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Old 12-12-2012, 05:24 AM Rookie

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Trac/Panhard Won't go back in after bushing replacement

So last weekend I got a wild hair up my *** and decided to replace my tie rod ends, drag, trac bar bushings, the whole steering system basically. Truck was on the ground the whole time and everything went back in fine, minus the trac bar. I attached the bar to the frame and I had to bend the damn thing towards the front bumper to get it in the axle mount. Once I did that, the eye of the bushing was about 1/2" off from the eye of the mount. Not to mention that the trac bar now being at an angle (not parallel to the axle), one side of the trac bar sleeve (the side closest to the axle) is off more than the other side. I tend to rush through things pretty fast but I dont remember the bar being bound up when I took it out. So my first question is what the hell happened? My second question is do I even need this trac bar? The truck has a shackle reversal kit on it which i know takes a lot of strain of the springs but i am not convinced it provides enough stability when going around curves. 1995 F350
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Old 12-12-2012, 08:49 AM
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Your worn out bushings may have allowed the track bar to be that off normally. I've had this problem when lifting SD. I just used a tie down ratchet strap and pulled the axle/frame closer together. Got that tip from 4Wheel Parts as for them it seems to happen all the time.
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