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Track Bar Help

In 2014, I did a small, 2 1/2" lift on my truck. When I did it, I bought all of the parts from Icon, including an adjustable track bar to center the axle after I did the lift. It is a very solid-looking piece, so I was kind of ticked off when I was told that the end link on it (might be the wrong word) is loose and needs to be replaced. The dealer told me this, so I got a second opinion at a front end place. He even tried tightening the bolt to no avail. A pic of the piece is below.

I called Icon, and their answer is that they no longer sell that track bar, but I can buy a new one if I like. No thanks, I spent over $400 for that piece because it was supposed to be solid. I won't be buying anything else from Icon in the future with that kind of answer.

I'm hoping I can buy the piece that is worn out from somewhere else, it screws into the end of the track bar. Icon has been terrible about returning my e-mails to help me, I think they just don't want to deal with it. I'm hoping that this piece might be available from somewhere else and that I don't have to buy an entire new adjustable track bar so soon.

Any thoughts on where I might look to see if I can find it elsewhere? This forum is always great, with tons of knowledge out there.

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make sure the allens are tight it looks like that one may be loose ?

also the center bolt is like 400 ft lbs so make sure it is tight

I kind of remember ICON getting away from this style and going to the Heim end
but if it was mine I would look for some replacement bushing for the existing end if mine were worn
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make sure the allens are tight it looks like that one may be loose ?

also the center bolt is like 400 ft lbs so make sure it is tight

I kind of remember ICON getting away from this style and going to the Heim end
but if it was mine I would look for some replacement bushing for the existing end if mine were worn
Agreed. If anyone knows where I might find a replacement bushing, that is my goal.

He checked all of the bolts, and after, he turned the wheel from side to side and I could see the play. It's tight, but there is enough play that the bushing at the end is worn out. Way too soon, in my opinion.
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the allen closest to the bushing looks loose ?

the bushings may be OEM size I would start there if you have your old bar for comparison ?


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the allen closest to the bushing looks loose ?

the bushings may be OEM size I would start there if you have your old bar for comparison ?


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Thanks, I will go out and check them and snug them if needed.

They could be loose, but the major play is from the end bushing thing itself. I could see it move when the guy at the shop turned the wheel. It will definitely need to be replaced also.
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i figured it was not the problem but def worth tightening if loose

also even on the OEM bushing the track bar can thump around if that center bolt is not at the TQ spec

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If it was mine I would take measurements like bolt diameter, bushing sleeve ID and OD and the inside diameter of the actual end then call one of the poly bushing companies like Energy suspension and see if they have a part that matches those measurements. I would bet that ti will be about the same as a stock track bar bushing. Or go out and find a Heim joint with matching threads to the original end and just put that in.
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If it was mine I would take measurements like bolt diameter, bushing sleeve ID and OD and the inside diameter of the actual end then call one of the poly bushing companies like Energy suspension and see if they have a part that matches those measurements. I would bet that ti will be about the same as a stock track bar bushing. Or go out and find a Heim joint with matching threads to the original end and just put that in.
I'll look into that as well. Thank you.
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I have a Pure Performance track bar and it’s 1-3/8 solid Steel with a heim joint on same end that mounts to the frame or drop down bracket necc for lift. It’s really a tough one but mounting bolt was sloppy. The eye in heim is .030 larger ID then the bolt holding it to the frame by design.
I purchased a bushing for my OEM track bar it too was .030 larger then the grade 8 bolt.
I have no doubts after going to Friend in Ford parts and measured the ID on every one he had all were .030 larger bore then its bolt.
My gut feeling is to give track bar ability to continue to move when the suspension has to articulate in different directions at the same time.

SLOP BY FORD DESIGN.

But I wasn’t liking the clearances for my truck. So I bought 4 Grade 8: 7/8” x 8” bolts and put in the machine lathe and took skin cuts on bolt until it was larger by .005 on the bolt
Cut the rest to put 3/4 NFT threads on the bolt. in the pipe threader and I clamped in bolt and ran threads down as needed.
No damage done over 5-1/2 years in my truck and there’s only .005 bolt clearance to hold down bolt clearance where track bar gets mounted to my frame.

So again the upper mount bushing or sleeve comes worn on day 1. .025-.030 pretty consistently

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Hit these guys up. You will need to know the measurements of the rod end, shaft, thread pitch, etc. Chances are they'll have a Heim you can pit in its place.
https://www.speedwaymotors.com/shop/...4-16-578-31189
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