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Rear track bar/ panhard bar?

Since my 4.5" PMF shackle flip combined which 5" superlift springs ( but minus the factory 3" lift block) I seem to have a fair bit of rear end axle shift, it was to be expected with this much lift.

How many people with significant lifts ( 6" or higher) have built rear track bars for their trucks?

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neither of our trucks have rear track bars , 89 doesn't even have a sway bar let alone a track bar , rear end of that is 6" blocks and the 04 is all 8" springs , never noticed axle shift?

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wondering if this is a side effect of the shackle flip ?

I haven't paid much attention to them does it use a longer shackle ?

i don't have any issues on an 8 inch lift with all spring lift stock shackle

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wondering if this is a side effect of the shackle flip ?

I haven't paid much attention to them does it use a longer shackle ?

i don't have any issues on an 8 inch lift with all spring lift stock shackle
Yes it is from the shackle flip I said that. I'm curious if anybody who has a similar lift system built a rear track bar for our trucks. They are common on trucks that have the shackle in the same position I have now.

They are big on pre runner rangers with the shackle in this position

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Knowing a bit about rangers and their rear setups I am going to say its not a bad idea. Wouldnt be hard to fab one up. I dont know of any kits off hand but the biggest hurdle will be the math of making it so it doesnt sling the axle out one way or another during compression or expansion. It would have to be rather adjustable to fine tune it

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Knowing a bit about rangers and their rear setups I am going to say its not a bad idea. Wouldnt be hard to fab one up. I dont know of any kits off hand but the biggest hurdle will be the math of making it so it doesnt sling the axle out one way or another during compression or expansion. It would have to be rather adjustable to fine tune it
Thats what I was thinking.... I've built one for a ranger in the past and it was an awesome addition but I halfway copied somebody elses... I was curious what it would take for a heavy truck such as ours...

I was basically thinking of just copying the front bar but having it mount on the u bolt upper plate.

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That is probably the route I would go. Obviously longer is better so it can stay straight.

As far as beefing it up. Common sense is key here. Good 1/4 inch mounts and a solid 1.5" diameter bar would do it. The ends are up to you but like I said personally Id make it adjustable.

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definitely adjustable..... The chance of me building it perfect the first shot are unlikely.

If I understand it right.... the more horizontal the better, but that would mean some seriously long mounts with my lift.... So I'm thinking a bent bar.

So with a track bar it will travel in an arch, I would assume the idea is to set the centre of the arc with the centre of the suspension travel to minimize the pull side to side. Is the idea to put the bend in the middle of the bar, or more toward one side ( axle or frame side)

I'm also not sold on heims, I used them on the ranger and they started to wear after only a year, and they werent small or cheap.

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I was going to tell you to steer away from heims. I personally like the johnny joints that ballistic fab has.

Look at the 05+ super duty track bars as they are bent. See how they follow and whatnot. But yes with lift comes the problem of a long track bracket.

Also check out any TJ style or newer jeep that has rear coils. They run a rear track bar/panhard bar/z link

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Ballistic Forged Poly Bushing 2.63"

Thats more what I was thinking.... these *should* last forever.

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