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My track bar is getting worn and was wondering if a stock replacement is OK. I have seen the after market ones but wondered if they are worth the extra $.

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My track bar is getting worn and was wondering if a stock replacement is OK. I have seen the after market ones but wondered if they are worth the extra $.

Your stock one lasted 12 years, will you still be running the truck 12 years from now?
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I had a moog bar on mine and I thought it worked good until I recently put in a bd adjustable 3rd gen bar. I needed to move the axle to the passenger side about 1/2 inch because of the lift springs. The truck drives better than it ever has.

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You guys all have really good roads. I couldn't get a stock or moog to last more than 20-30k miles on any of my three 2nd gens. Went with the 3rd gen conversion on my 02 and have had no issues since.

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I couldn't get a stock or moog to last more than 20-30k miles on any of my three 2nd gens.

That's what I'm used to hearing both from the intertubes and from all the folks I know even with gasser 2nd gens. The west coast bias and number of easygoing slow drivers must be the "other side of the coin" The NAPA replacement in my truck lasted about 25k before I cut it up, the previous owner put it on and he bought the truck about 35k before I did the mod, that's the longest it could have lasted if it was the very first thing he did - and it wasn't...

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i installed a moog on mine. but when laid side by side i saw no differance in the two. will just have to see if it lasts. i had 220k on the oe. probably wore out before that.

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That's what I'm used to hearing both from the intertubes and from all the folks I know even with gasser 2nd gens....

My first 2nd gen I bougth brand new was a 95 1/2 ton reg cab longbox 4x4 and I traded it in at 110k miles on a 99 2500 lbqc v-10. My 95 I put 3 or 4 track bars on it in the time I had it. My 99 I had to replace it when I bought it as 25k miles and when I traded it on my 02 a year later it was shot already some were under warranty yet I used Moogs and they were no better. My 02 got the upgraded one once I learned of them when I first got internet access and found about forums. I would tell anyone wanting to save money to just go with Lukes links. I personally have not used them but know a few friends who have had good luck with them.
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One guy I'd bought parts from rebuilt his and two other friends' bars with their parts and had good success, for what that's worth....

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I had a moog bar on mine and I thought it worked good until I recently put in a bd adjustable 3rd gen bar. I needed to move the axle to the passenger side about 1/2 inch because of the lift springs. The truck drives better than it ever has.

Did your truck have what seemed like an on and off pull to the right?

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Did your truck have what seemed like an on and off pull to the right?

Sounds like mine now...:duh: Well I'm doing the foot work looking for a cheap track bar now... ---- Searching.... Well after digging the internet... NAPA at $82 locally. (Only got a 12 month or 12K mile warranty) RockAuto.com $52 but here is the kicker Mevotech has a 5 year or 100,000 km warranty... Hmmm :rolleyes: And even check in Ontario, OR toady and they wanted $150 for there Chinese cheapy... :stuned:
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What is a track bar? I looked it up and it appears this is a 4x4 thing? My 2wd has nothing like this. Ok go ahead and laugh. :cookoo:

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What is a track bar? I looked it up and it appears this is a 4x4 thing? My 2wd has nothing like this. Ok go ahead and laugh. :cookoo:

No one's laughing at you... :nono: (Valid question - That's the only way you'll learn is by asking questions! :thumb1:) But a track bar is a bar that holds the 4WD front axle center in the springs. Its got a ball stud on the driver side and the passenger side of the axle has a bushing. But the driver side ties to the frame. Passenger side ties to the axle. As the track bar wears out the ball stud start to move and the axle start to shift left to right in the coil springs causing a pull to the right. (At least in my case). Here is my youtube vid of it... (Watch the bar and the axle)

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Checked Lukes Links, they sound good being repairable but they are about the same price as Rock Auto but more work to install. Not sure which I will get. :shrug:

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Is that 3rd gen a weld on or bolt on for the 2nd gen? I need one and dont know what to get.Thanks for this thread.

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Checked Lukes Links, they sound good being repairable but they are about the same price as Rock Auto but more work to install. Not sure which I will get. :shrug:

I've had a Luke's Link now for just over a year and it seems to be almost wore out. I forgot about greasing it sometimes so I'm sure that is part of it but if you have the $'s get a more permanant fix. It's a great way if you're short on cash as i was then. I checked out Rock Auto and I think I'll be getting a Moog bar from them soon.

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Is that 3rd gen a weld on or bolt on for the 2nd gen? I need one and dont know what to get.Thanks for this thread.

Its a bolt on, I put it on a lift and it made it alot easier. I adjusted it on the ground but did my drilling on the lift. You have to drill 3 or 4 holes in the frame and crossmember.

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I've had a Luke's Link now for just over a year and it seems to be almost wore out. I forgot about greasing it sometimes so I'm sure that is part of it but if you have the $'s get a more permanant fix. It's a great way if you're short on cash as i was then. I checked out Rock Auto and I think I'll be getting a Moog bar from them soon.

You do realize they "Lukes Links" are adjustable for wear with shims IIRC? You will be nothing but disappointed at the moog and out money you could Spend towards the 3rd gen upgrade and the problem will be a thing of the past.
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You do realize they "Lukes Links" are adjustable for wear with shims IIRC? You will be nothing but disappointed at the moog and out money you could Spend towards the 3rd gen upgrade and the problem will be a thing of the past.

I've adjusted it lots. Had to add extra shims already since the nut bottomed out.

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Sounds like mine now...:duh: Well I'm doing the foot work looking for a cheap track bar now... ---- Searching.... Well after digging the internet... NAPA at $82 locally. (Only got a 12 month or 12K mile warranty) RockAuto.com $52 but here is the kicker Mevotech has a 5 year or 100,000 km warranty... Hmmm :rolleyes: And even check in Ontario, OR toady and they wanted $150 for there Chinese cheapy... :stuned:

I did some looking under the truck this weekend while replacing my transmission, which is another set of questions all together. I did notice there is some kind of drop bracket on the frame end of the track bar to compensate for the lift. I noticed that bracket is moving, along with the worn out ball end. Apparently it had moved around on the previous owner cause there is some bubble gum welds from the frame to the bracket which I found are cracked which explains the movement.

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Well my Luke's Link is now wore out. I was out in the pasture yesterday bumping around when the track bar simply fell off the ball. Talk about a squishy ride home with no stability to the front axle:rolleyes: So now I'm shopping track bar and I'm going with the 3rd gen upgrade. Are they all the same? There seems to be a number of options out there.

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