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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-24-1999, 06:09 PM Thread Starter
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Are track bars really needed?

Are the track bars on the YJs really needed? Can you can them both off or maybe just one to increase your wheel travel? It seems like I've seen the telescoping track bars for sale - but if they extend, then what's the point of having them?

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 12-24-1999, 09:08 PM
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Re: Are track bars really needed?

Not sure about the telescoping track bars, but I do know a lot of people who just get rid of the track bars on their YJ's. Especially if you have a lift kit with stiff springs.....they more or less help control body roll. With some good shocks and springs you wouldn't need them but you would notice a differnce in handling.

post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-25-1999, 01:24 AM
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The idea with telescoping track bars is that they can be disengaged while offroading and re-engaged while on the street (similar to sway bar disconnects). That way they aid in stabilising the Jeep while on the road but allow all the flex off-road.

I would re-install one the monent I get one as I believe that my Jeep is more prone to wandering with out them.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-25-1999, 02:56 PM
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Re: Are track bars really needed?

Yes they are very necessary. They keep the axle where it's supposed to be. I took off my YJ's rear track bar since I have the stiffest suspension money can buy (I got suckered in getting pro comps) and I noticed an inch shift to the right without it. I'm putting it back. The front track bar is very important for stability since this is the steering end. If you have a telescopic bar up front then you should only disconnect it at low speed. Once you're back on the road it should always be attached.


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Re: Are track bars really needed?

Yes and No. I dont have a sway-bar or a trac-bar on my front axle right now due to some problems installing my JKS quick-disconnects and a little testing of the suspension. I've gone over 70mph like that on a very long, straight road with little traffic in the middle of th night and can say that it is both fun and scary. The front of your jeep will kinda sway around, but its just the body swaying on the springs, not the wheels moving around on the road. The articulation improves VASTLY. Enough to require longer brake lines, shocks, and a loosening of the spring clamps to realize the full potential your stock springs have. A Telescoping track-bar is the perfect compliment to your sway-bar disco's. If you want to ditch your rear trac-bar you should make some new shock mounts that will allow you to mount your shocks in the inverted-V style for more articulation and better stability.

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post #6 of (permalink) Old 12-27-1999, 03:23 AM
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Re: Are track bars really needed?

I pulled my front and rear track bars off a few weeks ago since I've got close to the stiffest leaf springs on the market (Trailmaster). Just watch out when beginning to drive without these. I'm not used to slowing down to grandaddy speeds (no offense to anyone) when taking corners. The first time I tried that without the track bars in place scared the pissins out of me because the body roll is very noticeable. Once I got used to that, I like the way it drives far better than with the bars attached. It has a bit of body sway (where it rotates around the z-axis) kind of like 1980's mustangs which absorb a bit more shock when hitting small bumps and curbs like in parking lots.

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