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post #1 of 22 Old 12-13-2009, 07:50 PM Thread Starter
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Upper Track Bar Repair

Tired of the damn popping so I took the time today to get rid of it. For starters this is not completely my idea I stole some of it from crusty.

First I removed the drivers side spring and shock and then the track bar.
Prepped the mount and the washers, I used thick washers with a 1/2" hole that I drilled out to 9/16 to match the bolt. If you buy 9/16 washers the hole is much larger to allow play for normal use, i needed them to be tight.



I then mocked it all up and welded the washers





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I drilled some smaller diameter 1/2" washers to add a little more strength and help distribute the load from the bolt head and nut.


The 9/16 bolt I used has fewer threads on it to keep the wear down from the threads grinding on the hole. Finished off with an aircraft grade lock nut



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good job I want to do this as well and change all the suspension bolts out to the less threaded ones to hopefully keep the wear and tear down on the bushings and mounts.
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great execution Joe, regardless of who's idea it was.
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great execution Joe, regardless of who's idea it was.
You ready to do yours, now that you know what I'm talking about?


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You ready to do yours, now that you know what I'm talking about?
Absolutely! I need to find some washers like that too.

*side note- the bead around that washer is really fantastic.
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sweet....add it to the list.
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*side note- the bead around that washer is really fantastic.
X2, way better than when I did mine.

I actually found that I could get an oversize bolt (5/8" I think) through the drag link sleeve and used that to help reduce any movement.
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*side note- the bead around that washer is really fantastic.
X2, those welds do like nice considering that it probably wasn't easy to get to!!

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X2, way better than when I did mine.

I actually found that I could get an oversize bolt (5/8" I think) through the drag link sleeve and used that to help reduce any movement.
I would had to have drilled it to fit anything larger


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Hey Joe, great work (as always). But can you describe what the origional isue was? I don't think that I've gotten any poping sound from there on mine yet. Oh, I have poping sounds, but not from there so far. Thanks!

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Hey Joe, great work (as always). But can you describe what the origional isue was? I don't think that I've gotten any poping sound from there on mine yet. Oh, I have poping sounds, but not from there so far. Thanks!
I forgot to take a picture of the hole on the back side before fixing it, it was elongated I guess cause the threads are on that side.


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Im a little lost as to how the welded on washers help?

Were your stock holes just worn out too large?

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Ahhhh, cool. Thanks Joe. I'll keep an eye on that then. I'll add it to the other 100 things that I have to keep an eye on under my JK Again, nice fab work, if you were in north Austin I'd be over all the time weeeeziiiing off of your skills. But I'd feed you beer

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Yeah, that's good stuff to! I like to have DP, Whataburger and then beer Its a nice rounded diet.

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Ahhhh, cool. Thanks Joe. I'll keep an eye on that then. I'll add it to the other 100 things that I have to keep an eye on under my JK Again, nice fab work, if you were in north Austin I'd be over all the time weeeeziiiing off of your skills. But I'd feed you beer
I'm not too far out, Shawn (BIGCAT) makes trips out here. Thanks


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Im a little lost as to how the welded on washers help?

Were your stock holes just worn out too large?
The washers are 1/16 thick and I drilled them so that the bolt fits tight to keep any chance of play to a minimum. Yes the stock hole had worn out allowing the bolt to move even when I tightened the shit out of it.


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X2, those welds do like nice considering that it probably wasn't easy to get to!!
Thanks, once you remove the sway bar link, shock and coil it wasn't too bad to get to.


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Did you do the axle mount also?
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Did you do the axle mount also?
I am right now while I am installing the coilovers


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I am right now while I am installing the coilovers
Let me l know how you got to the rear of the bracket, I couldn't get a welder in there..
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I'll fix the lower mount with this




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