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is an adjustable track bar a necessity?

Anyone running a 4+" lift with just a track bar drop bracket?
DR strongly recommends their adj. track bar. Is it a must have?
Anyone using the stocker with no problems?
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i believe if you get a track bar drop bracket you need a drop pitman arm. maybe its the other way around. I got an adjustable track bar, it was impossible to get that thing back together without it.

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It makes it a lot eaiser to align it when u take it to he shop. I would recomend it, plus they look nice.

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if youre running more than a lvl kit id get one.... but thats me
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I suppose I will end up getting one. I hate to pay $230 for it if I dont need it,but I dont want to get the lift on and find out I need it.
DR says it's recommend, which means stock should work,but most say it's needed.:shrug:

I sent Marty an email, asking for his opinion.
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theres 2 different spots on the drop bracket you can mount the trac bar so you can re-use your factory bar. 1 hole is for 4.5", the other for 6". an adjustable trac bar is nice to fine tune how centered your axle is. believe it or not, a lot of trucks arent centered exactly from the factory, and even with a drop bracket, youll prolly be .25-5" off center. if you do want a trac bar, id recommend a fabtech bar, as they are the cheapest on the market. its a one time thing, you set it and forget it. id only spring for the DR bar if you want the bling...
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theres 2 different spots on the drop bracket you can mount the trac bar so you can re-use your factory bar. 1 hole is for 4.5", the other for 6". an adjustable trac bar is nice to fine tune how centered your axle is. believe it or not, a lot of trucks arent centered exactly from the factory, and even with a drop bracket, youll prolly be .25-5" off center. if you do want a trac bar, id recommend a fabtech bar, as they are the cheapest on the market. its a one time thing, you set it and forget it. id only spring for the DR bar if you want the bling...

I will eventually get the adj. bar from DR.
Marty made a good point on another forum about the realitively small price difference between Fabtech and DR, but there is a huge difference in quality.
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marty is the king, but the fabtech bar is HALF the price of the DR bar, and from experience i will tell you the fabtech is more stout than the stock one. my buddy has a DR bar, and while its much shinier, everything else appears to be the same...
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marty is the king, but the fabtech bar is HALF the price of the DR bar, and from experience i will tell you the fabtech is more stout than the stock one. my buddy has a DR bar, and while its much shinier, everything else appears to be the same...

Thanks for the info.:Thumbup:
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marty is the king, but the fabtech bar is HALF the price of the DR bar, and from experience i will tell you the fabtech is more stout than the stock one. my buddy has a DR bar, and while its much shinier, everything else appears to be the same...
FWIW, as I stated on the other forum, yes the DR bar is $50 more than the Fabtech but it is stronger and of billet aluminum with large left an right hand threaded rod ends. The Fabtech bar is an oe bar cut with a turn buckle in the center. It is not rebuildable either. IMO, value per dollar you get more for your money with the DR.
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