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Old July 11th, 2008, 01:30 PM   #1
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Default drag link and trac bar ?

how crucial is it that the lengths of the tracbar and drag link be about the same? right now in my build im looking at my trac bar being around 4-5 inches shorter than the drag link.
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Old July 11th, 2008, 02:18 PM   #2
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Just don't complain when you have bump steer

1-2" is OK but 4-5 is going to be noticable
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Old July 11th, 2008, 03:39 PM   #3
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Just don't complain when you have bump steer

1-2" is OK but 4-5 is going to be noticable
So I guess my 28" track bar and 35" drag link should give me I shit ton of bump steer. Guess what they don't. I can drive 50 MPH down Van Dyke (worest road in SE MI) with my hands off the wheel and it stays in the lane with no problems. I always thought you mostly need to get them parallel.
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Well I usually do things right but if it works good
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I always thought you mostly need to get them parallel.
thats what ive always heard and gone by, obviously the length come into play when trying to get them parrallel, but nates numbers dont sound too extreme
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It has nothing to do with the length of them. It has to do with whether or not they are parallel.
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Well I usually do things right but if it works good
I was just trying to see if there is a reason they need to be the smae length. Mine are that way do to useing a stock axle. If I had made them the smae length I would of had to cut the passanger coil bucket off and move it back.
This is what i have now.
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If I had MSpaint skills I could show you but I don't

The arc the two travel will be different if one or the other is shorter even if the two are at the same angle. You might not get bump steer if the axle doesn't travel very far as the suspension works. Take for example watch how far on a short arm lift the axle moves fore and aft as compared to a long arm.

Yes length is important, as is being parallel and in the same plane.

I usually worry about being parallel then length but being in the same plane is hard to do most of the time.

Rocky, You could build a new frame mount that angles out toward the driver side to lengthen the track bar also. But I wouldn't worry about it if it is working.

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The arc the two travel will be different if one or the other is shorter even if the two are at the same angle. You might not get bump steer if the axle doesn't travel very far as the suspension works. Take for example watch how far on a short arm lift the axle moves fore and aft as compared to a long arm.

Yes length is important, as is being parallel and in the same plane.

I usually worry about being parallel then length but being in the same plane is hard to do most of the time.

Rocky, You could build a new frame mount that angles out toward the driver side to lengthen the track bar also. But I wouldn't worry about it if it is working.

how far are they actually going to be go out of parallel street driving?


rockys setup it fine. there is only so many ways you can build a track bar on a TJ/XJ and make it long without sticking the track bar way past the frame. if


i do run parrallel draglink and panhard and are within a 1/2" of each other though
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