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Old 01-03-2012, 02:31 PM
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Advice on installing adj track bar and steering stabilizer kit

I recently broke my stock track bar and replaced it with a fabtech adjustable unit.
Fabtech Part FTS451 - Adjustable Trac Bar
I briefly read through the instructions and it seems simple enough. Any advice on installing and centering it?

I also purchased this shock
Rancho Part RS5406 - Steering Stabilizer Cylinder

and this bracket kit.
Rancho Part RS5542 - Steering Stabilizer Bracket
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:41 AM
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I adjusted the track bar all of the way closed and I was unable to get it to line up on hte driverside mount. Its roughly 1/8" too long. Would it help if I try and jack up one side of the truck? Any Ideas? I have the fabtech trackbar that I linked above.
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Old 01-04-2012, 06:48 AM
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I spoke to a buddy of mine and he says to have someone move the steering wheel and it will either get it closer or further. I'll give it a shot tonight.
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What year truck is it? If you take your track bar off the truck and lay it to the side. Then back your truck up about 40 feet +/- and then just pull back STRAIGHT forward with out turning your wheel your front end should be where you need it. Then install trac bar. If your trac bar still is to long then it is the wrong one and you have two choices. Send back for right one OR cut a littyle off of it where the threads are and then re-assemble. I had to do this very thing to make mine work sine mine is the E99 with not a lot of front end options out there. My dual steering stabilyzer took some finessing as well. But its all good now and allighned and driving perfect.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:16 AM
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My truck is an 02. My truck barely squeezes into my driveway. I can probably go 5 to 10ft back at the most. Any other options to try and get it straight??
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It wont hurt anything to slowly drive over to a parking lot and see if the bar will fit up there. The 10 ft might actually work but I was just told by several on here the more feet the better off you are.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:24 AM
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It wont hurt anything to slowly drive over to a parking lot and see if the bar will fit up there. The 10 ft might actually work but I was just told by several on here the more feet the better off you are.
Ok thanx. I should have 40 feet if i move hte truck and reverse it in my back yard on the grass. I'll do it there.
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Old 01-04-2012, 07:29 AM
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No problem, Good Luck
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Old 01-05-2012, 07:51 AM
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I finally got it installed. It was a real tight fit. I had to turn the wheel all of hte way to the right. I had my wife in the truck with the truck on holding the steering wheel. It still would not line up. I then loosened the trackbar bracket bolts and i was able to get the bolt in.

If it matters I have a 5.75 Fabtech lift.

I now need to adjust my steering wheel. The truck drives straight but the steering wheel is off to the right.
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I am glad you got it however, I am not a pro but what you had to do doesn't sound right to me. I wish some one else would chime in on here for ya. If you loom or measure how far you front wheels stick out of your fender well, are they even or is one front wheel sticking out farther than the other?
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