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Old 12-22-2009, 11:56 PM
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Just my 2cents, I had the same problem with my 99, dealer said they would have to replace the whole front axel.. well I just welded it up, but it broke again so I rewelded it up and added some gussets, Problem solved..
So I see you welded it up but if it was me I would add the extra strength and add some gusset material...
Like I said its just my 2 cents..
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Just my 2cents, I had the same problem with my 99, dealer said they would have to replace the whole front axel.. well I just welded it up, but it broke again so I rewelded it up and added some gussets, Problem solved..
So I see you welded it up but if it was me I would add the extra strength and add some gusset material...
Like I said its just my 2 cents..
Yeah, my pictures don't show it but I did add some bracing across the top of the bracket in a couple places to hold it together to prevent future breakage. Definitely a good idea for anyone who encounters this problem.
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Track Bar no Track Bar?

I just read through all the post on this subject and have some thoughts. First why does it need a track bar? It dont have one in the rear! Right! Well first off look a those stock front leaf springs. Only three leafs! Those will hold the truck up but how about side to side? So it makes sense to me to have a track bar with the factory leafs. My truck has a eight inch lift with a ten leaf pack spring. The spring pack is like 4 inch thick. So I drove it with out the track bar for a few months. Handled the same! It dont need no track bar, right? Months later I started to hear creeking sounds when I turned the wheels Lt to Rt. Checked it out and found cracks in the shackles. I fixed the shackles and re installed the factory track bar. So the track bar has a purpose at least some Ford engineer thought so.
My advise is, if you change the ride height on you you truck. Check that the factory track bar lines back up "after lift" with the factory brackets with no stress! If it dont fit. You may need an adjustable type track bar. I got a track bar video I may upload if any body is interested. That was too much wrighting!
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Custom track bar bracket

I made this bracket after running with no track bar for a few months.

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Found the same issue on my 2004 Ex. What is a resonable price for this repair/welding job?
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A cheap welder from harbor freight is less than $100. I wouldn't pay more than that to get it rewelded
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Gusset are a must

My track bar was broken I have a 8inch tuff country life with dual steering stabilizers and 37 in bfg A/T. My track bar mount broke, Welded it up No biggie. Now I am on a job driving down the rig road it broke again. I don't have an adjustable track bar I put a link in to strech my oem track bar. Either way If it brakes ADD As Much Metal as you can to make sure it does not happen again because just a weld, Will Fail if your driving conditions remain the same. My track bar is currently in the bed of my truck, To be fixed as soon as a welder show up on the location. I greased my front end thinking that was what was the where the noise was coming from. Half the brake was through the weld have was through unbroken metal.
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Adding some gussets is a must, thanks to this forum I made the request at time of service. Front end shop was very leary about making the repair-I guess from a liability standpoint. They only listed the front end alignment on the receipt and I paid for the weld job off the record. Don't know if it was a coincidence, but I had to replace the 4WD hi/low switch on the truck not too long afterwards.
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