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RJC2

I came across an article about a track bar repair called "Luke's Link". It is supposed to rebuild the worn end of the track bar better than stock and be adjustable should it ever loosen up. Cost is $69 at Vulcan Performance.Has anyone tried this?I have a friend who is about to buy a track bar and I thought of telling him about this, but thought I would check to see if anyone has tried it yet.

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RJC2

I didn't want to recommend it to a friend without knowing if it is a good product or not. Mine is good.

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Wild and Free

I know of a few people who run them and like them, they do save money but are a maintenance item as they do require adjustment on occasion. So you save money on the parts but will invest some sweat equity.

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RJC2

Thanks that is what I needed to know. This guy has more time and ability than money. It is probably just what he needs.

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volkswagon

Well my experience with it wasn't good at all. Mine didn't last too long and I had to either buy a new one or upgrade the track bar.:2cents:

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Wild and Free

Well my experience with it wasn't good at all. Mine didn't last too long and I had to either buy a new one or upgrade the track bar.:2cents:

Personally I would recommend him to do the 3rd gen TB upgrade as that is where things will wear out and or require more frequent maintenace. I think they "Lukes Links" are better suited for tie rod ends.:2cents:

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CUMMINSDIESELPWR

i have heard it is a bandaid on something that will always be a weak point. thus why i never bothered with it. I am on my 4th trackbar in 3 years (keep the receipt from advance and moog will replace for free lifetime warranty).I am just going to put the coin down on a 3rd gen trackbar and bracket, never worry bout it again.

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RJC2

I am still kind of new to all of this, when you say 3rd generation track bar, what year specifically should he ask for? Also, should he get it from the stealership, or does someone else build a better one.I know Dodge won't be cheap. Yesterday, I bought that braided oil supply line that runs from the engine to the turbo... $124. :broke:

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Wild and Free

I am still kind of new to all of this, when you say 3rd generation track bar, what year specifically should he ask for? Also, should he get it from the stealership, or does someone else build a better one. I know Dodge won't be cheap. Yesterday, I bought that braided oil supply line that runs from the engine to the turbo... $124. :broke:

I would shop around for the track bar conversion kits, any year 3rd gen will work, Just need to check out the aftermarket companies to see who has the most reasonable kit. If you shop around you could get the bar from any autoparts store fairly reasonable and then just buy the adaptor braket from one of the mANY diesel sites who mkae or carry them.

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MarbleCrusher

I ended up lifting my truck enough that i ended up getting an adjustable track bar but had ordered a lukes link repair kit before i decided to do this. If i can find it Id sell it to him at a reduced cost if he wants it, just let me know and ill try to do some digging around the next few days.-Jordan-

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klcammie

I put the lukes link on 1 year ago. just had to adjust. i would have liked to buy new track bar, but didn't have the money. i have been happy with lukes link and will use them till i can afford the 3rd gen track bar. also i used lukes for the tie rod ends as well.:)

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RJC2

From what it sounds like, the link is a good idea if a person doesn't mind adjusting it every so often to keep it tight. Am I wrong in my thinking here?

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JAG1

i have heard it is a bandaid on something that will always be a weak point. thus why i never bothered with it. I am on my 4th trackbar in 3 years (keep the receipt from advance and moog will replace for free lifetime warranty). I am just going to put the coin down on a 3rd gen trackbar and bracket, never worry bout it again.

That is what I did and I'm very happy with it. It looks really stout compared to the original. I got the adjustable one so I could do the 2 inch front leveling kit.

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CUMMINSDIESELPWR

That is what I did and I'm very happy with it. It looks really stout compared to the original. I got the adjustable one so I could do the 2 inch front leveling kit.

the other issue i have found is that not only is the balljoint wearing, the cheap weak rubber on the axle side is worn and there is a ton of slop in it right now on my rig. I have to replace the bolt too. The heavy duty polyurethane bushings wont wear as easily as the rubber ones. and you can replace them easily when they to get a bit of slop in them.

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RJC2

Jag1, just to clarify, are you saying you got a adjustable 3rd gen. trackbar. Or, an adjustable Luke's link?I am thinking you meant the "3rd Gen." but I just want to be sure. I have read a little about people installing the newer bars but haven't gotten a clear idea of what year 3rd gen. to order from (if that even matters). My friend has had a lot of trouble with looking like a DUI candidate. I had an extra steering box stabilizer that wouldn't work on my truck because of the snow plow frame. He put that on his truck and it has helped a good bit but he is really interested in making it drive right, so any information (including cost) you can give me on the 3rd gen. track bar is much appreciated. He just bought a large camper trailer like Mopar Mike's so he needs to keep it between the lines. Another question. I am getting ready to install a 2" leveling kit on my truck. Do you know if I need to modify anything else to install this kit. The kit is from Hell Bent Steel.I was of the understanding that I could just install it [2" leveling kit] and it wouldn't affect the driveablility at all. I am running completely stock wheels and tire size.Thanks in advance for your help. :thumbup2:

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JAG1

Jag1, just to clarify, are you saying you got a adjustable 3rd gen. trackbar. Or, an adjustable Luke's link? I am thinking you meant the "3rd Gen." but I just want to be sure. I have read a little about people installing the newer bars but haven't gotten a clear idea of what year 3rd gen. to order from (if that even matters). My friend has had a lot of trouble with looking like a DUI candidate. I had an extra steering box stabilizer that wouldn't work on my truck because of the snow plow frame. He put that on his truck and it has helped a good bit but he is really interested in making it drive right, so any information (including cost) you can give me on the 3rd gen. track bar is much appreciated. He just bought a large camper trailer like Mopar Mike's so he needs to keep it between the lines. Another question. I am getting ready to install a 2" leveling kit on my truck. Do you know if I need to modify anything else to install this kit. The kit is from Hell Bent Steel. I was of the understanding that I could just install it [2" leveling kit] and it wouldn't affect the driveablility at all. I am running completely stock wheels and tire size. Thanks in advance for your help. :thumbup2:

I got my 3rd gen adjustable track bar from source automotive in Clackamas, Oregon. It has a stout upper mounting bracket and thicker bar size. Source automotive ships to everyone. I think their number is 503 654-9004. They work mostly on Dodge CTD's so they know all the good stuff. I bought the steering stabilizer and the 03 adjustable track bar from them and had them do the install. My truck only had about 40 k but, WOW, what a difference:thumbup2:. When you do the two inch leveling kit you'll need the adjustable track bar or your front differential and wheels will be off center by about 3/4''. The track bar allows you to get the front running gear back to the center neutral position and stops the vibration you might get at highway speeds. That's all you really need except an alignment is always a good idea and getting the steering wheel back to 12 o'clock, going straight, can be a bit time consuming but, easy enough to do. Remember a two inch leveling kit will require air bags in the rear if you carry any heavy weight in the future.

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RJC2

First off, thanks for the info., it is very helpful. I think I will wait to install the leveling kit until I can get a 3rd gen track bar. My truck drives very nice and I don't want to change that over making it look "level". Do you mind me asking how much your 3rd gen. track bar ran you?

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JAG1

First off, thanks for the info., it is very helpful. I think I will wait to install the leveling kit until I can get a 3rd gen track bar. My truck drives very nice and I don't want to change that over making it look "level". Do you mind me asking how much your 3rd gen. track bar ran you?

I'm sorry I was not aeound for awhile to answer but, I paid $850 for the trac bar and steering stabilizer with installation. That's all I can remember. Rip at Source automotive gave me a deal because the econ was worse thenthan now, I guess.

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RJC2

Thanks. I will pass that on to my friend. $850 is pretty steep, however, avoiding a head on is priceless. As for me, I think the leveling kit can wait a while. Santa didn't have a track bar in his sleigh.

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CUMMINSDIESELPWR

$850 for all that and install?? wow talk about twice the price for the same stuff... $200 for the brace here http://www.solidsteel.biz/dss.htm $250 3rd gen trackbar here http://sourceautomotive.biz/1994-2002dodgenon-adjustabletrackbar.aspx $450 for both and install yourself, this pretty much is what im going with. I did find though after replacing my trackbar for the 4th time yesterday that the hole on the axle side is worn wider now causing more movement. I placed a half inch barstock in the pocket behind the end of the trackbar and installed. No more movement. I will eventually rebuild that box with some heavy duty steel and drill the hole out for the new setup. it wont "waller" out anymore after that.

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RJC2

The price of $250 doesn't include the TBK trackbar conversion kit which is another $185.00. From what I see that will be needed so the price goes to $435.As far as the steering stabilizer, I bought one that looks just like the one you sourced from Solidsteel.biz, for $110, (shipping included)on Ebay. Now, this trackbar from Source automotive, is it an adjustable one for the leveling purposes like Jag1 spoke of?

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CUMMINSDIESELPWR

i meant to put the tbk on there instead of the brace... im a tard

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JAG1

The price of $250 doesn't include the TBK trackbar conversion kit which is another $185.00. From what I see that will be needed so the price goes to $435. As far as the steering stabilizer, I bought one that looks just like the one you sourced from Solidsteel.biz, for $110, (shipping included)on Ebay. Now, this trackbar from Source automotive, is it an adjustable one for the leveling purposes like Jag1 spoke of?

Yes the track bar is adjustable for the lift kit and allows the needed adjustment to recenter the front differential. Mine was out of adjustment after the 2'' lift and had vibration at 65mph till I recentered it. I guess parts from Source was around 635.00 and with install was $850.00. I had them do the work. I had the money and I work hard every day already from being a 60 yr old carpenter :tease: . Besides my oem track bar was looser than a goose. Now steers like this:hyper: not this:wow:

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CUMMINSDIESELPWR

Yes the track bar is adjustable for the lift kit and allows the needed adjustment to recenter the front differential. Mine was out of adjustment after the 2'' lift and had vibration at 65mph till I recentered it. I guess parts from Source was around 635.00 and with install was $850.00. I had them do the work. I had the money and I work hard every day already from being a 60 yr old carpenter :tease: . Besides my oem track bar was looser than a goose. Now steers like this:hyper: not this:wow:

well then that worked for ya glad it turned out good!

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