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Old 10-06-2016, 05:27 PM   #1
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What is this?

"This" is one of the track/torsion bars on my 2003 Alpine--13 years and 161,000 miles. Noticed awhile back that the rubber grease seals on both the front and rear suspension track bars were deteriorating. These seals are factory pressed-on and permanently greased. Not clear if the mechanical portion of the bushing has been compromised but if left exposed long enough to the elements, they probably will be.
After chasing replacement grease seals for the steering drag link, I decided to go ahead and just replace the whole bar assembly. It appears this bar is only used on 2004 and earlier suspensions. Not sure about the front axle but believe mid-05 and newer Alpines have a two-bar system on the rear axle that uses different bars.
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Those tie rod ends can be replaced. Any reputable truck shop with a parts department should be able to get them for you. Of course if they are steering links you will have to get an alignment after replacing.
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Was wondering this too--but availability of track bar rod ends may be a little bigger challenge--these track-bar ends are pretty heavy duty and have 7/8" bolt-eyes. Even with the drag link, it was a mess--had to look for left/right hand threads, thread pitch, rod diameter, metric vs SAE--it was a PITA! Appreciate the thought--will continue to search for a source.
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IIRC there was a thread about 2 years ago that gave part numbers.
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DrDave--recall lots of info on drag link ends but don't recall any threads on track bars, but could be wrong--wont be the first time, or the last. During my research on drag links, seems like most of the problems were with the newer 52 degree wheel cut and the associated drag links with a greater bend/off-set center of balance. Pretty sure my older 48 degree cut has a different drag link. Did manage to find some Volvo truck link ends but decided on using some generic grease boot replacements--boots were cheap, rod-end joints seemed to be mechanically sound--I keep the boots full of grease, no apparent issues since.....
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