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Rock Krawler front track bar

I ordered the RK heavy duty front track bar by itself.

Is there weight on the trackbar as the jeep sits there?

Do I need to lift the Jeep to take the weight off in order to remove the old OEM and replace it with the new one?

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I ordered the RK heavy duty front track bar by itself.

Is there weight on the trackbar as the jeep sits there?

Do I need to lift the Jeep to take the weight off in order to remove the old OEM and replace it with the new one?
You can remove it at ride height. Since you did buy an adjustable you will want to make sure the axle is centered. I use a ratchet strap at a angle from the axle to the frame to move things around, then adjust the track bar to the holes.

Be certain to torque the jam nuts and track bar bolts well.

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Take the old one off. Shake the jeep to center the body over the axle. Measure and adjust. Install.

You can turn the steering wheel one way or the other to pull the body back and forth over the axle.
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In the directions we supply (hopefully you got them), there are various measurements for different lift heights. That should be really close for starting purposes. Give us a shout if you have any questions...

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no.

Take the old one off. Shake the jeep to center the body over the axle. Measure and adjust. Install.

You can turn the steering wheel one way or the other to pull the body back and forth over the axle.
Of course you DON'T want to do this if you have a lift with long arms. It really sucks when the whole Jeep flops over on it's axle. Can really damage shocks and is a bitch to flop it back straight. Learned that lesson the hard way, many years ago.
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Of course you DON'T want to do this if you have a lift with long arms. It really sucks when the whole Jeep flops over on it's axle. Can really damage shocks and is a bitch to flop it back straight. Learned that lesson the hard way, many years ago.
I almost learned this lesson the hard way this week
Pulled the track bar, tires were under load, whole jeep shifted right several inches, a tiny drop of pee came out...

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You can remove it at ride height. Since you did buy an adjustable you will want to make sure the axle is centered. I use a ratchet strap at a angle from the axle to the frame to move things around, then adjust the track bar to the holes.

Be certain to torque the jam nuts and track bar bolts well.
don't bother with the ratchet straps. seriously. it's way more headache than it's worth.

with the jeep sitting on the ground, adjust it to the length that you think will be close (maybe per rk's suggested length) and then attach it (hand tight) on the axle. then have a buddy/wife/girlfriend jump in the jeep and start it. have them turn the steering wheel slowly while you guide the upper flex joint into the trac bar bracket. literally as they turn the wheel the jeep will shift laterally (a different direction for either way they turn the wheel).

once it lines up slide the bolt in. have the person straighten the wheels and then take your measurements to be sure it's centered. i usually measure off the top of the spring bucket to the outside of a lug on the tire. if it's off pull the bolt and adjust the trac bar accordingly.

it's the quickest and easiest way to do it. no grunting or pushing or anything required.

on the rear the ratchet strap is a good technique though.

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It's not more of a headache when by yourself. One ratchet strap takes all of a minute of my time to deal with. I am usually not in that big of a hurry to worry about it. Works out just fine.


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It's not more of a headache when by yourself. One ratchet strap takes all of a minute of my time to deal with. I am usually not in that big of a hurry to worry about it. Works out just fine.


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I almost learned this lesson the hard way this week
Pulled the track bar, tires were under load, whole jeep shifted right several inches, a tiny drop of pee came out...
And the only thing holding your Jeep up if your Steering Wheel did not lock was the Coil Overs on your rig! That must have been exciting...

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And the only thing holding your Jeep up if your Steering Wheel did not lock was the Coil Overs on your rig! That must have been exciting...

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Id Imagin exciting would be used if someone was watching me lol
I was scared to death
Reason the wheels were under load was cause I had to turn the wheel to move the hydro to get to the lower track bar bolt

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