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trac bar- to upgrade or not

Seems the " death wobble" main origination point is the trac bar ball joint from what I can gather researching the issue. My questions would be.
1- Just replace the ball joint and bushings and leave the stock bar- if so what to use, OEM, Moog etc?
2- Along with a new ball joint , replace the trac bar with a BD-POWER 1032110 ADJUSTABLE TRACK-BAR ?
3 - Get rid of the ball joint and replace the trac bar with READYLIFT 77-2003 HEAVY-DUTY ADJUSTABLE ?

For those that have done 1, or more, of the above what are the advantages and trade offs of each? If the truck is stock with no lift, is there any reason to go with adjustable bars?

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From my experience thus far I'd go with the heavy duty ready lift. My current bar is a bigger aftermarket bar unsure of the brand and the ball joint is worn causing some wobble moments. To my understanding the adjustablity is to center the axle and the the ball joint. Mine might be short as the joint is at pretty steep angle from the looks of it. I think it wore out faster because of it. I'm sorting thru that as I get tires this month as well.
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Nice find on the Hd bar!
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I like the ready lift setup but they like it a lot more than me $$$$$$

if your truck's axle is centered then you really are fine with a non adjustable bar but if your always messing with height it may be a benefit some day
or if your off center now then it can fix that issue

the OEM ball joint is fine IMO for 8" under lifts with drop brackets on the bar link I run a pure performance with a heim up top
but be warned heims transfer all road feel unlike the bushing style units that isolate the bar from the bracket ( I recommend this type )

PMF has some nice options ( call and talk to Trevor ) , also , Pure , carli , OUO , ready lift , and others but make sure you get one that is "installed adjustable"
vs disassembly to adjust

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ps if your stock many of the HD bars won't fit your truck, and I would suggest a new OEM BJ and new bushings

check the bolt / sleeve and bracket for deformation/ wear

if you need adjustable ( doubtful at stock) make sure it fits a 0" lift


the OEM BJ is a bear to get out so read up on tricks if you are a driveway DIY guy

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Can you expound on Axel being centered..what are the signs or symptoms of it not being centered...is that something that can only be checked with an alignment..my steering wheel is always slightly skewed a few degrees even though it's not pulling to one side per say...is that indicate an off center axle...when pointed out to the tire shop that does the alignment they fussed with it for over an hour but said they couldn't get it any better but I didn't ask for why or more details...thanks for the advice and education!

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Forget Ready Lift. If you’re going to do it, do it right with PMF or Carli.


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Can you expound on Axel being centered..what are the signs or symptoms of it not being centered...is that something that can only be checked with an alignment..my steering wheel is always off !
steering wheel can be adjusted to center but without an adjustable trac bar the axle is fixed at a certain location when the truck suspension is still

so if you find ( no alignment necessary just visual and or a tape measure and straight edge )

symptoms can be just aesthetic but tracking in ruts and other issues can be present if the off center is a lot


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Oh now I get it...picture worth many words...centered with the body...thanks

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Palmeris what option did you go with? I need to rebuild my front suspension and currently looking at the same options you are. I want to eliminate the bushing on the OEM track bar, but think I might be going overkill. I am going to add an icon leveling kit, and dynatrac ball joints.
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