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    Moving the rear frame side track bar bracket BACK

    I have a Rack Krawler X-Factor lift and I followed the instructions and moved the axle back 1". This, however, has created a couple of problems for me that I am hoping to fix. One of which is the location of the rear track bar bracket on the frame side. The head of the bolt just barely hits the bump stop on the passenger side of the axle.

    What I want to do it add a piece of steel to the rearward part of the frame so I can move that mount back.

    Looking for a little advice, and preferably, even some pictures from those that have done it before. I would imagine that someone makes a bracket, but I could probably make it myself if I had something to go by.

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    There is a photo in this thread. I have done this several times and you really need to do this with the RK lift. Too bad they don't address this issue they have know about it for years. Just get some 3/4" steel and do a little grinding on it to fit the frame. After lining up the hole and drilling it bolt it in place with the proper width bushing and weld it up. Should not take more then 30 min to do.
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    3/4" ???

    Seems a bit overkill, no? Can you elaborate?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ShutterBug View Post
    3/4" ???

    Seems a bit overkill, no? Can you elaborate?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDirtman View Post
    There is a photo in this thread. I have done this several times and you really need to do this with the RK lift. Too bad they don't address this issue they have know about it for years. Just get some 3/4" steel and do a little grinding on it to fit the frame. After lining up the hole and drilling it bolt it in place with the proper width bushing and weld it up. Should not take more then 30 min to do.
    http://www.jkfreaks.com/forums/showt...uilders-corner
    whats the reason for moving it? Sorry for the ignorance...newbie

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    My lift (Rock Krawler X-Factor) pushes the rear axle back an inch, to keep it centered in the wheel well. At full stuff, the head of the bolt on the track bar (frame side) makes contact with the passenger side bump stop.

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    bolt on lift kits ignore the factory axle brackets and they become misaligned when you lift and rotate the axle to correct the pinion angle. Moving the frame side bracket back gives you clearance on the track bar. You can also cut off the factory axle side track bar bracket and rotate it back so you don't have clearance issues.

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    One of these days I am going to cut off my rear spring perches and weld on new ones rotated around a bit.

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    thanks guys. I just installed a 4" Old Man EMU on my JKU. It came with a 1/4" spacer to keep it back as you explained. Seems centered to me....Click image for larger version. 

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