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Old June 6th, 2012, 07:30 PM   #1
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well im at the point of making a trac bar and steering setup. and got a couple questions so i have a dirrection to go.

i installed my over the axle trac bar mount and relized that my frame rail mount is about 1/2 inch farther foward than axle mount side. i planned on just usint a straight trac bar with heim joints at both ends. can i still do this and let joints offset diff or should i put bends in trac bar like some of the aftermarket bars have? or make a new mount on frams side

also i took a measurement of the length of trac bar and the mounts are as far out as i can go and the trac bar is only 28" that a really bad thing or anyone else have one this short?

last question was going to order the heim joints but cant see and of the widths of a joint one bracket is 2" id and the other is 15/8 id and not shure what spacers or ends to use.

thanks for any info to help get me moving forward.
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Old June 6th, 2012, 07:39 PM   #2
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the steering in pics is temp to move it around. i know i have to keep trac bar length and drag link close as possable to same.

also what is the best size dom to use for a trac bar and drag link thanks
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Old June 7th, 2012, 07:35 AM   #3
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anyone got any input please?
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Are you longer or shorter than the stock track bar? Does your length match up with the drag link? Will it be at/near the same angle betwen track bar and drag link?

On the angling of the brackets or not, it's a matter if the joints bind. It's nice to have them with no preload at static ride height, but it's not a deal breaker. Flex out the front end and make sure the joints don't bind.

For spacers, some places that sell rod ends sell standard width spacers. Or you can buy some material and make your own. We are using 7/8x3/4 rod ends, so we bought a stick of 1.00x0.120 DOM material and make our own spacers.

A place like Metal Mart will sell small drops, but expect to pay a few bucks for a short piece of material.
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Use a size that has the correct I.D. for whatever rod end insert you choose. And choose on that is easy to get from anywhere like Summitt or speedway, that way if you need one you can get it overnight or at a circle track shop. I use 1.5" dom with a .25 wall giving me a 1" ID and a normal, easy to find, 3/4 rod end. I use them at both ends and have never had an issue. It's a common size for a track bar. I know genright uses a 7/8 rod end but its up to you. You could use .125 wall for a track bar too since it should just see tension and compression forces.
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i dont have stock trac bar but the aftermarket one i have is 32" so im shure its shorter.
the length will match in end cause im making the stering also so i can make them match no prob. angles will also be the same or if not really close.

ok ill prob go with the 1" id also good point on finding replacement parts. would puting a dbl bend to offset trac bar a bad idea or leave it straight so its stronger. thanks guys
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