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Old 05-09-2008, 04:13 PM   #1
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Axle off center???

well, ive been a learn-as-you-go do-it-yourselfer since i bought my jeep. and i was looking at it on break from work (as i often do) and it appears my axle is off center. the drivers side wheel sticks out about a half to an inch further that the pass. am i in deep trouble??? what should i be looking for for a fix? it drives fine, has a bit of bumb steer (i think that is because my steering shock is shot as there is fluid coming out of it, im not too worried about that for now though) any help appreciated as always. hope im not looking at too much $$$ as i have absolutely none right now, and this is my dd

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Old 05-09-2008, 04:16 PM   #2
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That's perfectly normal after installing any kind of suspension lift. The trackbar connects the axle at one end to the frame at the other end and lifting the frame up away from the axle via a suspension lift will pull the axle to one side via that trackbar.

Look at the letter 'Z' with the angled part of the Z being the trackbar. Lift the top line of the 'Z' which is the frame, and the bottom of the 'Z' (being the the axle) will be shifted to the right. Make sense?

It's not out to the side enough to worry about with a 2" lift, the only possible problem is if the tire closest to the frame rubs which I doubt it will. There are trackbar relocation brackets available from companies like Rubicon Express to help re-center it but it's really no big deal at this point.

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It does that because of the 2" spacers you have in there. The front trac bar is attached to the frame on the drivers side and the rear is attached on the passenger side. So when you lift it the front will move over to the drivers side more and the rear to the passenger side more. The only real way to cure this is with adjustable trac bars. A lot of people will take the front axle side mount and drill a new hole in it about a half inch more towards the diff and that will work but I would not advise it because it weakens the bracket as a whole and can cause more death wobble problems down the road as that new hole starts to wallow out.

However if it were me I wouldn't be too concerned about with only 2" spacers.
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everytime i post on here i am once again amazed at the knowledge and helpful attitude of the experienced jeepers. if you all were a little closer there would be beers with your names on them. thanks so much again, love this forum
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everytime i post on here i am once again amazed at the knowledge and helpful attitude of the experienced jeepers. if you all were a little closer there would be beers with your names on them. thanks so much again, love this forum
No problem boss. We've all been there before. I still look to forums for questions also.
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Hey I didn't help but I am only about 30 mins away from you so the round of beer is mine.It is Friday night after all J/K
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I have a 4" lift and mine does that too. When four wheeling on stock wheels the passenger side rubbed the spring.
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Your steering wheel is not out of alignment? I bent my track bar which put my axle 1/4" out further on the drivers side and my steering wheel was 90 degrees off. Today i got my new adjustable JKS bar to fix the problem.

I guess when your lift was installed the steering was adjusted on the drag link?
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Your steering wheel is not out of alignment? I bent my track bar which put my axle 1/4" out further on the drivers side and my steering wheel was 90 degrees off. Today i got my new adjustable JKS bar to fix the problem.

I guess when your lift was installed the steering was adjusted on the drag link?
I installed the lift myself. afterwards i adjusted the tow in and the steering wheel back to center with the drag link

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