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Old 10-18-2012, 04:22 PM
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Need some gurus to take a quick look

just did my 4.5" icon lift. lift was used and i didnt really know what length to set the panbar to. So i just left it at what it was set at. Heres what it looks like. My steering wheel also needs to rotate to the left at least half a turn to be centered. as well. I was having trouble figuring this out.
I didnt know if the ball join that the panbar connects to should be pointed straight down if my wheels are pointed straight.
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Old 10-18-2012, 04:25 PM
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well if the steering wheel was straight before the lift and it's not straight now you most likely need to adjust the bar.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:14 AM
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The instructions said to loosen drag link clamps and do it that way. I know u don't want that bar too loose. And there is no measurement given on length. Same as trackbar isn't it
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No you need to measure and make sure the axle is centered and then adjust the drag link if needed.
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Old 10-19-2012, 09:14 AM
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Thats where i think i was confused. it seariously read that way to me in ICOnS instructions. as i know nothinga bout steering. maybe i will just take it somewhere. axle looks centered to me
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Old 10-19-2012, 04:24 PM
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Go to an experienced shop and get it aligned. It isn't hard to do, but if you doubt your ability , the SAFE bet is a shop.
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Got the steering centering figured out. Piece of cake once i got under the truck and followed the bars and saw where each connected and what they do. Thanks for helping.

Now i still am unsure about the pan/trackbar . Where it hooks to the ball joint opposite of the adjustment end. the ball joint bolt itself is angled toward the drivers side and a little toward the front of the truck. Now looking at the bar itself if i were to lengthen it, i would guess it would go back and then more towards center. I tried getting the Allen screws out to adjust it, but WOW those suckers are stuck. I will play with it tomorrow. Anyone have a pic of a 4.5" ICON lift to see what there panbar connection looks like
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Old 10-20-2012, 09:56 AM
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Any info on the pan bar ball joint
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that ball joint will have an angle

but you needed to center the axle via the trac bar ( only 1 shop I can think of calls it a panhard on out trucks) first before you adjusted the steering wheel center

but no biggie you will do it again now

they sell allen sockets by the way



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Old 10-20-2012, 12:46 PM
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The axle is on center already. i was just wondering if the above photo i posted was what other fellas looked like. If it is i wont worry about it. Thanks Zmann....Yah i was just calling it what ICON was calling it. I know it as the trackbar...same as on our jeep.
Gladly the axle is center because those allen heads are seriously stuck! GONNA need some serious penetrant.
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