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Old 07-26-2009, 01:11 PM
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why an adjustable trac bar?

If i do the mini leaf kit or rear shackles for now, why may i need the adjustable trac bar? I have leveled trucks before and used the same shocks and never a trac bar. I have done poly bushings in trac bars to tighten them but never longer or adjustable ones. I never really had a lift. just the 2 or 2.5 level kit.
I wont be doing any off roading. Only time I use 4wd if I get stuck in the field pulling something. This never happens. Never needed different shocks either.
I would prefer new front leafs alltogether. But they cost more. I like the topgunz complete kit for 339. But its my wifes truck, she does want it level but isn't interested in spending a fortune now. Should I just buy shackles cause its cheaper and let it go for a while. Next year but all new springs?

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Leveling kits rarely need adjustable track bars. HOWEVER. Some trucks do need them with leveling kits. DO NOT PUT MINI SPRING PACKS ON. Use a shackle lift, AAL, or new springpacks. Youll thank me later. As stated, these trucks are so suspension variant from the factory that one can never tell if one will need to install a trackbar drop bracket or adjustable TB even with just a leveling kit. In my experience its better to go ahead and install one or the other with a leveling kit on a 4x4, cause if you dont, you may get all done and find the axle off center to the drivers side. Thats not a typical scenario, but it does happen.
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I have done my thinking, no mini packs. I would do an aal but do I have to remove the springs from the truck? If i take em out, I would replace the whole thing. i wont spend the time and reinstall an old part. I cant afford new ones now. Even the shackles with front brackets require spring removal and are not cheap. Again, i would do new lift springs. This leaves me with just rear shackles. Would this work for say year? Maybe even less? Some beefy rear shackles 70 bucks shipped on ebay.
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Never do a single shackle lift it will change the castor.
Nothing wrong with a mini spring pack made by a spring company..Icon or Dever not the crap ebay ones.

Your axle will shift 1/2-3/4" per every 2" of lift..binding the bushings and dog tracking. Save $$ untill you can do it correctly IMO.
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Old 07-27-2009, 11:18 AM
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On jeeps, adjustable track bars are used in connection with lift kits to center the axle under the frame. The adjustment is made to account for the increased length needed in from raising the frame in relation to the axle.
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i get the trac bar but i have leveled 2 fords and 3 dodges and not had a problem.
as far as single shackle kit? wouldn,t it be ok for a little while? Til i replace the leafs with topgunscustoms stuff? For 60 or 70$ it will look better. Should still be safe.
I rarely rarely use 4wd.
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The adjustable trac bar is good when the axle does get off center. When you hit about 60mph any small bump can cause the truck to death shake! My husband has a dodge thats leveled and it needs the adjustable trac bar. It is horrible when it rattles because you have to slow it down to about 40 mph for the suspension to settle down.
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how about the single shackle for a temp deal?
thanks dor all the adice. appreciate it
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Never do a single shackle lift it will change the castor.
Nothing wrong with a mini spring pack made by a spring company..Icon or Dever not the crap ebay ones.

Your axle will shift 1/2-3/4" per every 2" of lift..binding the bushings and dog tracking. Save $$ untill you can do it correctly IMO.
Amen. Do it correct, do it safe, eliminate the possible headache factor. Mini packs are not the way, regardless of brand.
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