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Rough Country Front Adjustable Track Bar for 1.5-4.5 in. Lift (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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    Features, Video & Details

    • Precisely Centers Your Jeep's Front Axle
    • Heavy-Duty Tie Rod End
    • Features Clevite OEM Style Rubber Bushings
    • Fits Jeep Wrangler TJ 1997 to 2006 Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    I'm Ryan from extremeterrain.com, and this is my review and installation of the Rough Country front adjustable track bar, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs. This is available for those of you with zero to three-and-a-half inches of lift, and one-and-a-half to four-and-a-half inches of lift, so make sure you get the right one for your suspension setup. Today, we're gonna talk through the installation of this track bar, which is going to be a very simple one out of three wrenches. This will bolt directly in place of your factory track bar, but give you some additional strength and some adjustability. You should be able to get this installed in about an hour. We're also going to talk through the construction and a few of the features of the track bar. This is for those of you who have a lift on your Jeep and are looking to recenter the front axle. On our Jeeps, we have a five-link setup up front, so the track bar has the job of centering the axle underneath the vehicle left to right. And if you lift your Jeep but you have a factory track bar in place in its factory mounts, it can pull the axle to one side, which may bother you when you look at the Jeep, but can also cause some trouble when you turn the wheel to the lock one way and you have some rubbing, and when you turn it the other way, you don't have rubbing. Recentering the axle can take away that rub and can also help with any binding that might occur at full flex when you are off-road. So there are a few different benefits to an adjustable track bar. Also, adding an aftermarket track bar will add some strength, which is always a good thing, especially if you have bigger tires on your TJ or if you are doing some heavy-duty wheeling. This track bar isn't going to be as expensive as some of the other ones on the market because it does have a factory-style rubber bushing on one end and a factory-style tie rod end on the other. Some of the more expensive versions may be a little bit stronger, and also have a different attachment point on the frame side here which can be a little bit stronger. However, if you don't do that hardcore wheeling, if your tires aren't that big and heavy, or maybe you just stay on the street and you just wanna center up your axle, this is going to save you a little bit of money over those other options. This track bar is one-and-a-quarter inches in diameter and a one-quarter-inch wall thickness tubing, giving it plenty of strength. Now, as I mentioned before, having a track bar that is adjustable like this not only will center up your axle underneath the Jeep, but it eliminates the need for you to use a track bar bracket. Now, a track bar relocation bracket can change the angle of your track bar, and if you don't also change the angle of your drag link, you'll end up with something known as bump-steer, which is something that's uncomfortable to experience when you're on the road, when you hit a bump and the steering wheel wants to whip back and forth. So, using your factory track bar mounts and using your factory drag link mounts without a drop pitman arm gives you good steering geometry. This is also gonna give you that strength, and center the axle, as we talked about. Now, this is system is only single adjustable, which a lot of track bars are, but it is worth pointing out. So, in order to get the axle centered, you are going to have to pop this tie rod end down. You're gonna have to loosen up the jam nut, make your length adjustment, reinstall everything tight, take another measurement, and adjust again. A lot of double adjustable tie rods, for instance, or drag links, are adjustable on the Jeep, which makes things a little bit easier as far as centering the axle. This is going to be a little bit more work to get your axle centered up, however, it's not something you have to do every day. Once you get the axle centered, it is pretty much, set it and forget it. As I said before, installing this track bar is a simple one-out-of-three-wrench installation that shouldn't take you more than an hour. The first step is removing your factory track bar, which you'll do by removing the cotter pin and the castle nut, and then popping the tie rod end out of its location on the frame side. Now, that can be a little bit difficult to do. You may have to strike the frame side mount with a hammer perpendicular to the tie rod to help it pop out because that is a tapered fit and that can be pretty tight. But, on the axle side, you'll just have to remove your track bar bolt. Now, once you have that removed, it's a simple matter of putting your new track bar up into place. As I mentioned, you will have to get things adjusted to get your axle centered up, however, once that's done, you just tighten down your bolts and you're finished. Now, if you've had any experience with a wobble or with death wobble, 9 times out of 10 in my experience, death wobble on a TJ is caused by your track bar bolts not being tight. Now, this is a tapered fit up on the frame side, however, this bolt down here on your axle side does have to be very, very tight in order to not move. And if it is a little bit loose and it does move, you are gonna get a wobble, and in the worst case scenario, you're gonna end up with death wobble. So, make sure that you get everything torqued down nice and tight when you're doing this installation. So, as far as tools that are necessary, just your traditional hand tools, although, again, you will need something with some leverage to get that bolt nice and tight, and you may need a mallet or a hammer to get your factory track bar loose from the frame side mount. As I said before, this track bar is gonna come in at right around $125, and there are more expensive versions on the market. Those more expensive versions are going to be a little beefier, a little bit stronger, and they're not going to have a tie rod end on that frame side. They're going to have a bushing end with a bolt, which can be a little bit stronger and hold up a little bit better over time. So, it really comes down to what you want on your Jeep. If you're just looking for the adjustability, if you don't need or want a ton of strength, or if this one is the one that fits into your budget, it's gonna be a good option. If you want something that's gonna be a little bit stronger, and you have a little bit more money to pay for it, there are some more expensive stronger options on the market, such as JKS and TeraFlex. So, if you are looking for an adjustable track bar to get your axle centered under your Jeep, and to have some additional strength for those big tires or hardcore wheeling, this is going to be a nice option that will save you some money over the strongest options available. So, that's my review of the Rough Country front adjustable track bar, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJs, that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

    Heavy-duty Construction. The Rough Country RCS-7572 Front Adjustable Track Bar helps you easily center the front axle under your jeep. It features a sturdy construction with a 1.25-inch outer diameter and 0.25-inch thick wall tubing for durable use. Recommended for models with 1.5in - 4.5in suspension lift kits.

    Hardware Components. The sturdy tie rod end of this TJ adjustable track bar provides maximum range of movement to help keep your axle at the most favorable angle for safe off-road driving. It also includes Clevite OEM style rubber bushings that help reduce vibration and increase the life of the track rod.

    Fitment. This track bar is designed to fit Jeep Wrangler TJ 1997 to 2006 models.

    Freight Notes. Freight items can only be shipped within the continental 48 states, no expedited methods.

    Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

    MPN# 7572

    CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov

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    • (1) Track Bar
    • (1) Track Bar End
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        Questions & Answers (4)

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        Does This Need To Be Greased

        • Thank you for your question! There is a small grease fitting to grease the track bar.

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        What is the replacement tire rod end part number for this track rod? I bought this track rod many years ago, just in case part numbers have changed.

        • The part number for the replacement tie rod end for theRough Country Front Adjustable Track Bar for 1.5-4.5 in. Lift is 94004061. You would need to contact Rough Country directly for this part.

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        Does this use stock tie rod ends?

        • No, the track bar comes with the tie rod ends with the purchase of this kit.

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        Can this item be used on a stock height TJ.

        • Unfortunately it cannot as it is designed for TJ models with a 1.5 inch to 4.5 inch lift. We do offer one that will work with TJs that do not have a lift. That can be found here: https://www.extremeterrain.com/roughcountry-forged-front-tj-1044.html.

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          Overall Rating 4.7

          out of 5 stars

          • Fit 4.891089 4.9
          • Bang For Your Buck 4.752475 4.8



          • 5/5

            August 06, 2019

            Did what it’s supposed to .

            Great fit, quick install, paired it with the rough country 3.25 in lift . Wouldn’t rec the lift , but no problems outve the track bar .

            CalebU

            Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            June 29, 2019

            Fixed my problem!

            The new track bar arrived and was installed quickly and easily!! Old was was extremely wore out and Jeep now drives a 100 better

            JeffreyS

            Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            June 16, 2019

            Track bar

            Solid beefier and adjustable just what I was looking for. It didn’t solve my over steer issues but it was a quality upgrade.

            Allen

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            June 01, 2019

            Good product for the money

            Replaced front track bar after adding 2 1/4 inches of lift. Centered axle and had a little shimmy at 55 mph, nothing I would call death wobble but now its really smooth. Only had it up to 80 mph so far but no issues at any speed.

            Milehighmayhem

            Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 1/5

            May 23, 2019

            Disappointment.

            Didn’t fix problem, actually made death wobble worse. I’ve had death wobble about 10 times since I installed this and a rugged ridge setup on my Tj. Disappointed in aftermarket parts for not only being expensive, but not solving issues. Jeep tjs need more aftermarket RandD. Killing my love of jeeps with all the junk aftermarket parts.

            MitchellH

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            May 13, 2019

            97 Wrangler

            Easy install, fits snug. No more wobble or shifting from worn out factory bar.

            4845

            Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            April 20, 2019

            Better than the stock

            My stock track bar went out and I wanted to go with something practical in case I decided to go with a larger lift. It was easy to install and looks good on my rig.

            ZachariahW

            Year: 2006Submodel: Rubicon Unlimited

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          • 4/5

            April 14, 2019

            Pretty easy

            Install was simple works well for the price no complaints yet

            Ghoslin01

            Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            March 11, 2019

            Perfect

            Nice piece! Bolted right up, easy to adjust, solid construction, and did exactly what I needed it to do.

            BIGD

            Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            February 21, 2019

            No more death wobble

            Easy to install, hardest part was removing the old track bar. My Jeep had a death wobble, and this track bar solved that problem

            MichaelT

            Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            February 16, 2019

            Front adjustable track bar

            very easy install, and much safer addition than relocating the old track bar. no issues, no complaints. worth the money.

            JosephD

            Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            January 21, 2019

            Great product

            After a lot of research on the "death wobble", I bought this one to replace my stock. It made a huge difference. Everything feels much tighter and the "death wobble" is gone! Was always worried driving between 50-60 mph and hitting a bump. I also replaced the steering stabilizer as it was leaking. I believe the bad track bar busted the steering stabilizer. I also took it to get an alignment just in case. Have 112,000 miles on my 2005 Unlimited. Feels like a new Jeep!

            KennethD

            Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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          • 5/5

            January 07, 2019

            fixed it

            I had death wobble real bad and this fixed it right up!!!

            RaulM

            Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            January 06, 2019

            Great Heavy Duty Product

            Great product, nice addition to my 4" lift. Would highly advise adding one on a 4" lift.

            bshyann

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

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          • 5/5

            December 29, 2018

            death wobble

            My TJ had developed the death wobble at 45 mph. I have a 2 1/2 lift on the jeep, 73K miles. I replaced the track bar and the death wobble is gone. Read the directions and square the front axle. Mine was 1 1/2 in. out of square with the stock, not adjustable, track bar. I will replace the tie rods and drag link in the near future.

            Craig

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            November 26, 2018

            great

            great product glad ti have found it would of bought a new one again if I get other jeep thanks a lot

            FernandoA

            Year: 2017Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 4/5

            October 20, 2018

            Good product

            Easy to install needs a little finish work paint was in the threads

            FranklinC

            Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            October 16, 2018

            Track Bar

            Was experiencing the Death Wobble, bought this as an upgrade over my existing, I haven't had a problem since.

            RjP04

            Year: 2004Submodel: Rubicon

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          • 4/5

            September 24, 2018

            Big Difference

            Install was easy. Definitely should have been clear that install should be done on the ground and not on a lift. But it was fixed when I did the alignment which has to be done anyways. After allignment drove much better

            Dave

            Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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          • 5/5

            September 02, 2018

            Great easy install

            Love you it looks and works great would recomwnd to qnyonwcl Oki g for an upgrade

            ScottL

            Year: 2006Submodel: Wrangler

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