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Track bar vs relocation bracket

Do they accomplish the same thing? Still undecided on brand of level kit to go with, but trying to determine if i just get a new track bar or if the relocation bracket accomplishes the same thing.

Readylift offers a relocation bracket, but i'm also considering carli or icon with new track bar.

Not trying to start a new which level kit thread, but trying to figure out if a track bar relocation bracket does the same thing as a new track bar. If it does, why would I want a new track bar as some kits offer?

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It pretty much does. I would rather have an adjustable track bar than a relocation bracket.

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If you are going to relocate you need a drop pitman arm too.

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If you are going to relocate you need a drop pitman arm too.
I always though all you needed for a level kit is a adjustable track or drop bracket. A new pitman is only needed with bigger lifts.
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With an adjustable track bar, the geometry stays lined up as it should - it needs to be longer which it will be with adjustment, but it's pivot points remain the same. If you use a drop bracket for the stock track bar and drop it's pivot points then you'll get bad bump steer if you don't drop the pitman arm pivot points too.

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Ideally it is best to keep your drag-link and track bar parallel; keeping this geometry helps with bump-steer. With just a leveling kit, I don't feel that a drop pitman arm is a must with the track bar bracket, although in larger lifts, I would recommend it. So in my opinion, the adjustable track bar is best, but the bracket sold in the Readylift kit will suffice, while saving a lot of money.



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But with a longer trac bar would you not have more axle shift during compression?

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But with a longer trac bar would you not have more axle shift during compression?
The longer track bar is just to center the axle back under the truck. Without it, the axle will be shifted towards the driver's side approximately .75". Your axle will still shift/compress the same with or without the adjustable track bar.



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Ideally it is best to keep your drag-link and track bar parallel; keeping this geometry helps with bump-steer. With just a leveling kit, I don't feel that a drop pitman arm is a must with the track bar bracket, although in larger lifts, I would recommend it. So in my opinion, the adjustable track bar is best, but the bracket sold in the Readylift kit will suffice, while saving a lot of money.
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The longer track bar is just to center the axle back under the truck. Without it, the axle will be shifted towards the driver's side approximately .75". Your axle will still shift/compress the same with or without the adjustable track bar.
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With the relocation bracket, the axle will also be centered under the truck, correct?

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