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Icon track bar...install on the ground or in the air?

Maybe its a stupid question but there are no install sheets that I can find in the Icon site and I want to do it once and be done.

Do I install the adjustable track bar when the truck is up in the air or when its down under its own weight? I know its role is to keep the axle centered but wanted to see before I installed it how it should be done.

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Re: Icon track bar...install on the ground or in the air?

i did it on the ground. I dont know if it was right or wrong but it worked fine for me. Its only been on there about 8 years so I say its good.

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Re: Icon track bar...install on the ground or in the air?

do it on the ground,..or you won't be able to adjust it correctly.

If you do it in the air,..then center your axle...once it hits the ground,..your axle will be sticking out the passenger side pretty bad...then you'll have to do it all over again on the ground anyways...
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Sounds good to me. As it sits right now with no track bar its about 1/2-1inch to the pass side so I will put it in and adjust accordingly.
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Re: Icon track bar...install on the ground or in the air?

Drive the truck back 20' or so then forward, should center itself..if its a 99-04 then recheck and install the track bar.

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Interesting idea but sure, id be glad to give this a try. Its a 2001 so yes (99-04). I will be doing this first thing in the am... had to get a new bracket that goes in the frame rail for the track bar bracket as the OEM one (with the welded nuts) broke free and this rendered it useless.
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Interesting idea but sure, id be glad to give this a try. Its a 2001 so yes (99-04). I will be doing this first thing in the am... had to get a new bracket that goes in the frame rail for the track bar bracket as the OEM one (with the welded nuts) broke free and this rendered it useless.
How much lift are you running? I personally couldn't get my track bar to line up correctly to get the bolt through on the frame side bracket by just rolling the truck back and forth to center the axle.

If you run into the same problem and you're working alone like I was, this is what I did... You will notice that when the truck is sitting still and on the pavement you can turn the steering wheel back and forth slightly and the axle will shift left and right under the truck when the track bar isn't bolted up. I rolled down the driver's side window and tied a tow strap around the steering wheel at a point so that when I pulled on the strap it turned the wheel. I kept the strap snug in my hand out side the truck until it lined up my track bar at just the right point to get the bolt through.

I know this probably sounds sort of ghetto but I was working alone. Had I had an extra set of hands I would have just had them turn the steering wheel for me to line up the axle. The things you will come up with to get sheit done...

Good luck bud. Post some pics of the truck when you get-r-did. We'd love to see it. :cheers:

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Thanks for that...I am literally laughing here at the visual of you working on the truck...tow strap through the window to the steering wheel... trying to get the track bar aligned with one hand and yanking on the strap with the other!

The lift is right about 6"... its a DR/ICON 4.5 hanger kit with "X" code fronts and Icon 6" rear blocks. I should have a helper tomorrow if he decides to hang around but if all else fails I am glad to have a very interesting yet functional way to get this all aligned

Good pics will be up soon I actually uploaded a few on the gallery here for starters! Unfortunately its been hectic here... water main broke Friday, its Tuesday (technically Wed as its 111am here) now and we still have no water so the lifts been worked on in phases. Plus a few stupid hangups, missing bolts, missing tools, broken bolts... you all know how it goes. With the exception of the track bar and the bracket its all done!

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Interesting idea but sure, id be glad to give this a try. Its a 2001 so yes (99-04). I will be doing this first thing in the am... had to get a new bracket that goes in the frame rail for the track bar bracket as the OEM one (with the welded nuts) broke free and this rendered it useless.
How much lift are you running? I personally couldn't get my track bar to line up correctly to get the bolt through on the frame side bracket by just rolling the truck back and forth to center the axle.

If you run into the same problem and you're working alone like I was, this is what I did: You will notice that when the truck is sitting still and on the pavement you can turn the steering wheel back and forth slightly and the axle will shift left and right under the truck when the track bar isn't bolted up. I rolled down the driver's side window and tied a tow strap around the steering wheel at a point so that when I pulled on the strap it turned the wheel. I kept the strap snug in my hand out side the truck until it lined up my track bar at just the right point to get the bolt through.

I know this probably sounds sort of ghetto but I was working alone. Had I had an extra set of hands I would have just had them turn the steering wheel for me to line up the axle. The things you will come up with to get sheit done...

Good luck bud. Post some pics of the truck when you get-r-did. We'd love to see it. :cheers:

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Re: Icon track bar...install on the ground or in the air?

Detach the sway bar, remove the OEM track bar, lift vehicle (axle should center on it's own. Lower vehicle and install the adjustable bar. Read through the ICON directions for installing the lift kit itself. ICON doesn't list install directions seperately for the track bar.


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