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Drop track bar bracket or Adjustable bar?

So my truck came with a 4" tough country lift. The track bar bracket they supplied with it is a joke and needs to be replaced as you cannot tighten the bar (when I bought it the bolt was missing so I ordered a new bolt and cam).

Should I find a stock bracket and go with the Zone offroad adjustable bar or buy a 4" drop bracket with the OEM bar?

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what pitman arm do you run ?

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what pitman arm do you run ?
I am going to assume the tough country one that comes with the 4" lift? I bought this truck with the lift already installed so I really don't know. Would a picture help you identify?

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Best option would be take a picture of the front end showing all the steering components and post it up.

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here you go... looking at it I would assume that is the stock pitman arm? (Also I am assuming this is a 4" lift) Looks like my ball joint at the pitman arm is pretty nasty as well

I will say the front end of this truck reminds me of an old girlfriend... loose and sloppy but always got the job done
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Just make sure if you get a drop pitman arm, you get a drop trackbar mount as well...

Looking at your one from-the-front picture, your bars seem to be nicely in line. If you drop the pitman arm without dropping the trac bar you'll get bump steer, which is why so many people with these trucks run steering stablizers.

I have no stablizer with my steelies and 37's, I can take my hand off the wheel at any speed on a straight road, no bump steer.

Just something to consider, make sure you drop both.

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That's the stock pitman arm. Looks like a torn boot in the joint at the pitman arm. If you find no play I would just replace the boot. Looks like it's the stock track bar as well. If you want to run a new track bar I suggest a stock track bar bracket and your choice adjustable track bar.

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Just make sure if you get a drop pitman arm, you get a drop trackbar mount as well...

Looking at your one from-the-front picture, your bars seem to be nicely in line. If you drop the pitman arm without dropping the trac bar you'll get bump steer, which is why so many people with these trucks run steering stablizers.

I have no stablizer with my steelies and 37's, I can take my hand off the wheel at any speed on a straight road, no bump steer.

Just something to consider, make sure you drop both.
Thank you for the info. I am pretty sure I have a drop track bar mount already but its loose (uses a smaller than stock bolt) so is it okay to have a drop track bar and an oem pitman arm?

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That's the stock pitman arm. Looks like a torn boot in the joint at the pitman arm. If you find no play I would just replace the boot. Looks like it's the stock track bar as well. If you want to run a new track bar I suggest a stock track bar bracket and your choice adjustable track bar.
okay that was what I was wondering... I just need to find a stock track bar mount I guess.

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Its not okay for the track bar to be lower than the drag link no... Right now you are good in that aspect...

To me it looks like you need a 2-3" or so drop for both bars really.

I was just saying IF you drop one, you must drop the other as well

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