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Just got through installing the Poly Performance High Steer Drag Link and the Poly Performance Front Track Bar Bracket.

Pretty straigh forward install, but I'd suggest to allow yourself plenty of time and not be in a rush. Once it is all set up, adjusting the drag link is a piece of cake with the Poly adjuster set up.

The steering geometry is now definitely much better, and the drag link perfectly parallel to the track bar.

I used the stock track bar, as I've been having some issues with wearing out the heims on my adjustable one. We'll see how it does.

I'll post some pics tomorrow.
 

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...I'll post some pics tomorrow.
Lame!!! lol :smokin: I can't believe you come on here and post that, and then don't have any pics to show.
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I am anxiously awaiting pictures also. This is on my short list. What lift are you running and how well does your axle line up using the stock track bar?
 

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We need a "This thread Worthless without pictures" smilie...

I'm interested in seeing this also.

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Phil, you basically said I have candy and I’m not sharing ;) This thread is worthless without pictures :thefinger:
 

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Thanks PhilD. Good pictures. Do you think it would be beneficial to weld it to the axle after the install? How much is it depending on the factory welds and mounts to hold? I'm not knocking the design, as this is the best I have seen yet. I just wander if it would give a little piece of mind to run a couple of beads.

I love the Fox Stabiler. Where'd you get it?
 

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Thanks PhilD. Good pictures. Do you think it would be beneficial to weld it to the axle after the install? How much is it depending on the factory welds and mounts to hold? I'm not knocking the design, as this is the best I have seen yet.
You could weld it, and I thought about it, but think it will be fine without it. I forgot to take a pic of the u-bolt that wraps around the axle, will take one later. So it is held in three places, the factory track bar bracket, the factory sway bar link bracket, and by the u-bolt around the axle. I may just lay down a few beads here and there at some point.


I love the Fox Stabiler. Where'd you get it?
It isn't specifically designed for the JK, it's a Fox 980-99-099-A and I used the factory mount on the tie rod, just turned it around and rotated it 90º. There is a hole on the upper left side of the Poly track bar bracket that you could use to mount it, but I wanted to keep it as parallel to the tie rod as I could, so drilled another hole in the bracket on the right and lower down.

The steering stab is pressurized, so does push the steering the to the left very slightly. This actually compensates for the camber of the road most of the time, so doesn't really bother me. If you want to spend the big bucks, I believe Fox offer a position sensitive stabilizer that won't push the steering either way.
 

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Thanks PhilD. What lift are you running?
Well it started off as a Superlift 4", but there isn't much left of that, only the front lower bump stops and rear upper bump stops.

I have Poly Performance 4.5" springs, Fox Emulsion 11" travel shocks, Teraflex rear track bar bracket, and Superlift RockRunner lower control arms, which I really like. I gave up waiting for their uppers though and will be adding some Poly uppers once I get them. I do have have Superlift front and rear adjustable track bars, but I'm running stock ones right now, as I've had issues with the heim joints wearing out fast.

If I were doing it all again, I'd just go with a Poly Synergy kit, but it wasn't available at the time, nor was much else, so I went with the Superlift kit.
 

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OK. I thought for some reason you were running TeraFlex lower control arms. I was going to tell you that they are backwards, but never mind. :beer:
 

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Damn it !!! Now I gotta buy something else!! :pissed::D

How much higher is the drag link now than before?


Now we just need to get that tie rod out of harm's way :smokin:


"If you want to spend the big bucks, I believe Fox offer a position sensitive stabilizer that won't push the steering either way."

Got a part # for that one?
 

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How much higher is the drag link now than before?
About 3" at the knuckle end. This improves the roll center and gives a much more "stock" feel to the steering. Now that I've put a few miles on it, I have to say I am very happy with steering response and feel now.


Now we just need to get that tie rod out of harm's way :smokin:
Not sure how easy that will be, as if you flip it I don't think you'll have enough clearance at the passenger side due to the drag link. A newly designed knuckle would resolve that, but not sure that's even in the works with anyone yet.


Got a part # for that one?
I did, but can't put my hands on it right now and Fox don't list it. I'll try and find it...
 

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Here's the U-bolt that wraps around the axle. I still to get the stock stabilizer mounts off, and you can see where my Skyjacker steering stabilizer was rubbing against the track bar bracket.
 

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This is something I haven't seen discussed much, but the position of the sway bar in relation to the Pitman arm can be an issue.

The Superlift kit requires you to re-use the factory rear sway bar connectors on the front. This results in the sway bar ends pointing down, which not only is not the ideal angle for the say bar ends which should be horizontal, but it also can bring the Pitman arm into contact with the sway bar at full lock.

This resulted in a few ripped boots on the rod end for me. Still using the factory rear connectors, but with the additional height provided by the Poly track bar bracket, the sway bar ends are now horizontal and clear of the end of the Pitman. Obviously when flexing there is the still the possibility of contact, but at least it won't be doing on a daily basis.
 

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Now that I've had the chance to put some miles on the vehicle, I have to say I'm really impressed. The steering is light and responsive, with absolutely no bump steer. I can't really recall what it drove like stock, but it now feels as good as I want and the steering is perfect to me.
 

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Awesome stuff Phil! Good photo's too!

I got my knuckle over and bracket just before the holidays. I ended up heading out to Death Valley for 4 days so I didn't get any work done on the JK. I'm looking forward to my install and it will be interesting to compare the difference between the Nth and the Poly Performance steering setups. Right now I drive a lifted 4wd sports car and some of that I have to attribute to the Poly Performance springs that really added predictability to my ride.

You have me thinking I may need to take some time and work some more on the hybrid project and work on my trailer a little later. I've been post-poneing until my shocks come in but maybe I should just jump onto the steering.

Thanks for the motivator!

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Right now I drive a lifted 4wd sports car
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I really like the Poly springs also, very nice ride. The Superlift springs I had where good, but these are better.

You'll really like the steering. At first I wasn't sure if I was imaging the difference, or if it was real, but after a few days I really started to notice how easy the steering was and how well it performed.
 

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I just installed mine today. Thanks PhilD and Poly Performance. :beer:

This is one of the best mods I've done yet. Bump steer is almost non existant now. I am extremely happy with the way it drives. You can tell a big difference when cornering too. I didn't install the sway bar relocation brackets, because my sway bar is already level. The Teraflex quick disconnects won't work now, but I never use them anyway. I'm also using a Superlift stabilizer which bolts on nicely. It comes with a post that mounts right onto the track bar bracket.

For anybody running a 4" lift or more, you definately want to put this on your to do list.

I'll post a couple of pics tomorrow.
 
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