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Track Bar Ball Joint Issue

2016 F250 w/ 50k, Carli 2.5 Commuter Kit installed for the last 40K miles and the track bar bushing is toast. The kit was professionally installed so I know it was done correctly but it appears that the Carli track bar has a resting position that is tweaked back towards the axle. I believe that this issue has caused premature wear on the ball joint. You can also see the the heim joint is wearing on the alignment cone. Any ideas? I've found a few postings on this but no real resolution and the jamb nut is still super tight.
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The position of the bar (aka rotated) has nothing to do with premature wear.
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My pure performance bar does the same so i put the pressure on the heim to make the BJ line up better

I doubt many shops take the time to adjust the bar angle as they tighten the adjuster

mine also would hold the bias until i really cranked down on the lock nuts

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My pure performance bar does the same so i put the pressure on the heim to make the BJ line up better

I doubt many shops take the time to adjust the bar angle as they tighten the adjuster

mine also would hold the bias until i really cranked down on the lock nuts
I'm fairly certain that they line the heim joint up parallel to the bar and torque it off of the truck prior to install. Maybe the heim does need to be offset a little to to counter act the resting position?
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The position of the bar (aka rotated) has nothing to do with premature wear.
I would like to think so but it doesn't seem like the case. I had an 07 w/ 6" lift 37's and an adjustable track bar with a bushing in lieu of the heim. I replaced that track bar ball joint once in 250k miles.
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i think the angle the adjustable trak bar put the BJ at has to accelerate wear

on mine the BJ was resting at the end of it's range of motion so any suspension travel upwards from resting position (iirc) would create stress )

i set by BJ in the center of it's range and tightened the lock nuts on the arm this may accelerate the heim wear but it is easier to replace

this is all due to the cantilever on the bent style arms the OEM does not have this issues because the bushings on the upper mount center the BJ just fine

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I replaced my OEM BJ when i installed my pure bar
the old unit was fine but i destroyed it to get it out LOL

i noticed the angle and it concerned me so i set mine up with the BJ straight and that was probably 50k ago

I like the redilift design because it eliminates this concern by using a double shear top mount inplace of the BJ

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I replaced my OEM BJ when i installed my pure bar
the old unit was fine but i destroyed it to get it out LOL

i noticed the angle and it concerned me so i set mine up with the BJ straight and that was probably 50k ago

I like the redilift design because it eliminates this concern by using a double shear top mount inplace of the BJ
Makes since but I think my Heim joint might also be shot from wearing on the alignment cone. If that's the case I think I might just go back to a bushing style trackbar being that I have minimal lift at don't need the extra travel provided by the Carli bar. I'm not willing to swap out balljoints every 40k.
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I do not like the heim upper connection anyway it does not isolate any road feel i noticed the differance right away when i swapped to a Heim

that being said my radius arms were replaced with a full heim 4 link so it is to late for me lol

if that was my only heim i may have machined an end to use the OEM bushings on the Adjustable bar and ditch the heimlick

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I am having problems with accelerated wear on the track bar ball joint and hiem. With my 2012 super duty I would get 50k miles out of the track bar ball joint. Now 25-30. Also I replace the original FK hiem at about a 100k and the new one went 55k. I am going to try a XRF ball joint which is supposed to be stronger. The next time I have to replace these parts I may just cut off the stock mount on the axle and make a bracket to run a hiem at the axle end as well.
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