Quote: Good to know. It's one of my next upgrades. How much time did the install take & how hard was it to re-attach the track bar (is that what they call the bar behind the rear axle?) or was it even necessary to disconnect it?
It didn't take long to do, may be a couple of hours. But I had already had all that stuff apart when I swapped my rear axle a couple of weeks beforehand.
I call that bar the panhard bar, but I think some call it a track bar here. Disconnect it on the frame end. The trick is to put a jack under the rear axle and raise it just the right amount so there's no pull or push on the bar mounting bolt. The bolt needs to be torqued to 160ftlbs too when reinstalled. You will also need to disconnect the rear brake line and the lower rear shock mounts. Then you can lower the axle enough to get the springs out of the way.
With the spacers in place and the springs on the lower perches, I slowly jacked the rear axle up until the springs pressed against the spacers to hold everything in place while I reassembling the rest.
The only reason I didn't install them when I swapped my axle is because I knew I wouldn't have time to do that and crank the t-bars, and fiddle with the alignment.
Have you trimmed your front upper bump stops yet?
The next thing to tackle (for me too) is to decide whether to lower the panhard bar frame mount or make a longer bar so the axle rests in the middle again.
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