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Custom adjustable track bar anyone?

I made my 2000 a set of lift shackles that will give me about 1.5-2" lift in the front. My question is will I need a track bar and if so has any one customized the stock one. If so how did you guys do it

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I would say yes, you want an adj track bar any time you lift the front.
Ive seen a thread recently where a guy modded his stock bar and had links to the parts used.
Need to cut and thread the stock bar and get one of the adj couplers similar to the drag link one.

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My experience would say no because it's a 2000. I had a 2" add-a-leaf under my 2003 for awhile, no changes to track bar, no issues.

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Do you have the link to the write up?

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I would say yes, you want an adj track bar any time you lift the front.
Ive seen a thread recently where a guy modded his stock bar and had links to the parts used.
Need to cut and thread the stock bar and get one of the adj couplers similar to the drag link one.

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It doesnt really need to be adjustable unless you may change it down the road. If your doing the work yourself, simply cut the track bar and sleeve another larger tube on the outside of it. You dont want there to be any tension on the track bar when the vehicle is sitting there at rest.

If you decide you dont want to deal with making one, we have a beefy track bar that uses 1" heims. We have a few instock and they run $225 plus shipping.

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Do you have the link to the write up?
Let me see if I can remember where I saw it. I will post as soon as I find it


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It doesnt really need to be adjustable unless you may change it down the road. If your doing the work yourself, simply cut the track bar and sleeve another larger tube on the outside of it. You dont want there to be any tension on the track bar when the vehicle is sitting there at rest.

If you decide you dont want to deal with making one, we have a beefy track bar that uses 1" heims. We have a few instock and they run $225 plus shipping.
I have Trevors adj trac bar and it is definitely beefy. The heims are huge!!!
The only issue I had was the bushings were too wide for the upper mount. I tried and tried to get it in. I had to carefully file the outside edges of the bushing till I could tap the heim in with a dead blow hammer.
In the end, it was well worth it to me, cause I am extremely limited on time.
Trevor (PMF) has some great quality products available at great prices imo. Thanks Trevor!

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to make the OEM adjustable you would need to cut it

and make it sized and round ( they are not like bar stock and nice and round ) so a DIE could thread each side not to mention left right threads and coupler if you wanted it adjustable without removing it

or at least thread 1 side for the coupler and jamb nut

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I have Trevors adj trac bar and it is definitely beefy. The heims are huge!!!
The only issue I had was the bushings were too wide for the upper mount. I tried and tried to get it in. I had to carefully file the outside edges of the bushing till I could tap the heim in with a dead blow hammer.
In the end, it was well worth it to me, cause I am extremely limited on time.
Trevor (PMF) has some great quality products available at great prices imo. Thanks Trevor!
Sorry about the wider heim. We got an odd ball batch from QA1 that was .04 oversized on the ball and it messed up the mounting width as you experienced. It was something I had never run into, so up till then we never even checked them. Now we do. Again, sorry for the added install time. But Im glad you were still pleased with our product!

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Sorry about the wider heim. We got an odd ball batch from QA1 that was .04 oversized on the ball and it messed up the mounting width as you experienced. It was something I had never run into, so up till then we never even checked them. Now we do. Again, sorry for the added install time. But Im glad you were still pleased with our product!
No problem, and thanks for the explanation, makes sense now. All the other products I have of yours have been excellent quality, stout as h*ll and trouble free installation.
On a side note for anyone interested, Trevor is always willing to help and answer any questions even during my retarded moments


As to the op, im on the hunt for that link, can't find it for some reason

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Well started installing it today. Do need to make my track bar longer as well as my sway bar links. I'm going to cut the track bar mount it on the truck with the sleeve jack up the axle a little then weld it up. Problem solved
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