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Trac Bar Help

Hey guys,
I have been beating on my trac bar trying to get it to break free from the ball joint and it just won't budge. I've torched it, I've PB Blasted it, I've done a combo of torching it and then immediately PB Blasting it, pounded on it with a sledge, pounded on it with a pickle fork and sledge, etc, etc... That thing just won't budge. Any tips?

Additional note: I have removed the top bolt several times and it doesn't seem to help other than to give me a little more clearance to swing the sledge, but it ****s the ball joint to the side when I do that.

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air hammer with hammer bit will get it off fast
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Hey guys,
I have been beating on my trac bar trying to get it to break free from the ball joint and it just won't budge. I've torched it, I've PB Blasted it, I've done a combo of torching it and then immediately PB Blasting it, pounded on it with a sledge, pounded on it with a pickle fork and sledge, etc, etc... That thing just won't budge. Any tips?

Additional note: I have removed the top bolt several times and it doesn't seem to help other than to give me a little more clearance to swing the sledge, but it ****s the ball joint to the side when I do that.
If I'm understanding the dilemma correctly then this might help ... in one of the Icon instruction sheets it shows the use of a crow bar placed in such a way that when you lower the axle it will pop the trac bar loose ... I think it's in the 4.5" lift instructions on their website. Maybe have a look in there and see if something like this technique could help you?

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hahahahha... for some reason when i saw trac bar i thought you meant traction bars...

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try hitting where the trac bar mounts to instead of the balljoint part.. always works for me

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You can rent a ball joint removal tool from the parts store. I have used that a bunch for those...super easy.

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Here's the instructions I'm refering to in my post above. There's a picture and
info on the use of a crow bar on page 2; it's item 4. . They call the trac bar
a "pan rod bar":
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File Type: pdf Icon_4.5"_Lift_Instructions_Icon_6-4550.pdf (701.8 KB, 122 views)

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Shawn i used a pickle fork to get mine off last January when i did my leveling kit.
It was a bear and i ruined the rubber seal but that was easy to replace.

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I am going to install a new track bar this weekend. My radius arm drop brackets are made like the Icon ones. Where do you guys jack the the truck up from when you need to isolate the front axle? Seems like the drop brackets extend back so far you can't get a good place to lift from.

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