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06 F350 Track Bar Questions???

Hi all,
So, I am still working on getting my new to me 06 F350 ready for the road....This is a truck I bought already lifted and already with big tires/wheels, etc. So I don't know much about the history or components......
My question today is this....according to the attached photos, does this track bar look like it's bent/damaged???
I am assuming that it is NOT the factory track bar since it has the adjustable section on the upper mount. It has the curve in it down towards the axle, but it looks to me that the threads are BENT up by the adjusting collar. Is this a normal bend? Is it designed that way?? I have read on here that track bar issues can cause death wobble and all sorts of problems so I want things to be right when I get it on the road.
Here are some photos of the track bar and I have circled where the bent section is.
Thank you for any help and all suggestions.
Rob
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Also.....if I have to replace this one....what brand do you guys recommend for an adjustable track bar??
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Yes, the track bar does look bent at the adjuster. I have an Icon track bar and it's fine. I've heard lots of good things about the Carli track bar as well.

Also, it looks like sway bar end links are way too short for the amount of lift you have. The sway bar arms should normally be parallel with the ground.

I would have your front end looked at by a good off-road shop that knows Super Dutys.

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Thanks for the input....you confirmed what I had suspected. Time to order a new track bar!!

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To be perfectly honest, I'm not really sure what size lift is on it??? I bought it that way and the previous owner says it's a 12" Pro Comp lift...but according to Pro Comp, they never made a 12" lift. I know it's Pro Comp because it has the "Pro Comp" logo radius arms....other than that I don't know much about it. I'm trying to get things figured out and in as good a condition as I can before getting it on the road for winter. I think I'm going to go with a BD adjustable track bar and a new OEM ball joint. The track bar looks almost parallel to the drag link which is a good thing.....
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May want to check out our track bar... The BD will use a bushing which will wear pretty quick. On our bar, there's nothing to bend. It's a chromoly track bar with an FK bearing at the frame mount connection. What is the measurement of the ICON bar on the truck? (center of eye to center of eye)
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OCVeloMan....that's a good question, I will measure it up tonight and get back to you. I was mainly going with the BD because it fit into my budget....I'm already dropping more than I expected. Can you tell that is an ICON brand on the truck from the photos??
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Do your coil springs have 2-3" thick spacers on top of them? It looks to me like someone either added spacers or taller springs to the procomp lift that is on there to increase the height. That would also explain why the sway bar mounts are too short.

And I see a bracket clamped to the center of the axle housing, is it connected to anything? That is where a double steering stabilizer kit would clamp on.

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Greg you are exactly correct....someone did indeed install 3" spacers on top of the front coil springs....the springs have a bow as well...I think the shocks might be topped our y causing the bow.
I plan to take those spacers out and install the factory isolators and to take one of the 3 bucks out of the rear to make it level.
I think that will bring things better into line in the front geometry and put the seat bar back into being parallel with the ground.
Since that track bar is junk I need to replace it with a new adjustable anyway.
The bracket was indeed for a dual stabilizer setup that was broken off...I have a new one waiting to go on once I get things cleaned up.
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Pro Comp 8" (maybe) Lift
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Newly acquired...who knows what else has been done to this poor truck....
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