The OEM track bar, or panhard bar setup, is a bar mounted in single shear to a ball joint at the axle and a rubber bushing at the frame. The OEM bar is offset from the center of the ball joint at the axle. This applies un-wanted torque and deflection on the joint and the rod. The rubber bushings at the frame mount is another source of unwanted deflection. As the balljoint and rubber bushings wear, deflection increases. When deflection occurs the track bar loses its ability to keep the axle in position laterally under the truck. The wobble or shimmy you feel from the steering wheel is actually the steering linkage being forced to control the axle and wheels, as the track bar deflects.
The Trac-Inator is a direct bolt on track bar designed to terminate the affects of deflection, increase steering response and control. Our design incorporates a 1" uniball and custom cup assembly that (like the stock balljoint) is pressed into the original stock axle location. Our uniball setup allows the use of a double shear bar mount without having to move the pivot from it's stock location. At the frame mount we use a 1" rod end, instead of rubber or polyurethane bushing. The bar itself is 1-5/8" OD x 3/8" thick DOM tube and the plating at the axle mount equates to a 1/2" thickness per each bolt tab.
-1" Rod-end (heim joint), 1.875" ball, 3 piece, high strength
-1" Uniball (spherical bearing), 1.5" ball, high strength
-Bar material, 1.625" OD x .375" wall DOM tube, laser cut plate, welded and powder coated black
-Chromalloy uniball cup, zinc plated
-Chromalloy uniball hi-mis spacers, zinc plated
-Stainless steel rod-end spacers
-Delrin rod-end isolators
-Grade 9, 3/4 bolt and hardware
Don't be fooled by other manufacturers statements claiming their bar is better because they relocate the axle track bar mount higher. The only reason this would be true is if you installed a lift kit that did not include a drop down bracket for the track bar. Considering most lift kits proviode a drop bracket, moving the axle mount position higher would only worsen the suspension geometry.