View Full Version : 96' Track bar mount loose

November 22nd, 2017, 19:24
My son's 96 was making a lot of popping (sounded like someone hitting the frame with a small hammer). I traced it the trackbar mount at the frame. The track bar itself was not loose but the two lower bolts where loose enough to cause the mount to move left & right during any steering input.

The obvious was to tighten to spec which remedied the situation. Other than replacing the hardware all together, are there mods to strengthen this such aftermarket brace or perhaps lay a small weld bead approximately 1/2" long at each bolt location from bracket to frame rail?

Looking for ideas.

November 22nd, 2017, 21:52
The RE set-up uses this............

November 23rd, 2017, 05:55
If the Jeep is stock, simply replacing the hardware and using thread lock on the new hardware is all that is necessary. Some people have welded the stock bracket to the frame. If you think something else needs to be installed, a double shear track bar with a new frame side mounting bracket is recommended. The RE brace is not necessary for a stock Cherokee or for light to moderate 4x4 use, and I doubt it will even fit a stock Cherokee.

November 23rd, 2017, 08:06
I had that problem with mine and drilled the lower holes to take some larger bolts. I think I used 5/8 bolts. Never had a problem with it like that and works great for a stock Jeep. But if lifted I agree and upgraded bar and bracket is the way to go. I personally would not weld the stock bracket to the body.

November 23rd, 2017, 13:50
Concur with Tim and the last gent. Additionally, I have heard folks run a front receiver to reinforce the front end.