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Old 12-20-2010, 11:17 PM   #1
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axles out of Alignment???

Just put in trackbars front and rear ,springs and adj control arm.
didn't check it when I started now I'm almost done the axles are 2 1/2" out from each other. Is this much normal, rest of my 4x4 are around 1 to 1 1/2"


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Old 12-20-2010, 11:32 PM   #2
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Are your track bars adjustable for length? If so, you should have let the axles self-center (they do that via the coil springs once the track bar is unbolted) and then adjust the trackbar lengths so they match the mounting brackets and install them. That insures the axles are centered and the track bar lengths are correct.

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Yes that is what I did.
the front was perfect in center left to right the rear is out about 1/4--- that is with them self centering
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the front was perfect in center left to right the rear is out about 1/4---
In your first post you said they are off from each other by 2 1/2".

If it's really only 1/4" in the rear and perfect in the front as your second post indicates, that is fine.
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Sorry the front axle is 2 1/2 inches to the left of the rear axle ---front and back

After looking at my first post the lines were to be the front tires and the rear tires --- didn't come up like that
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I'm really confused about your axles now but that's ok. Center the axles so the tires stick out evenly on both sides and life will be good.
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If you stand in the rear of the jeep looking to the front of the jeep on the drivers side the rear axle is 2 1/2 inches to the right of the front axle, they are not in line. sorry for the confusion and thanks
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With that much offset are your tires grinding against your spring perches? When I did my 4" lift it shifted my axle over and I couldn't even drive because my tires dug into that spring perch. I had an adjustable rear track bar and was able to get it dialed in and now they are fine.

Give us some more information so we can help you. How big a lift did you put on and is the rear trackbar adjustable? If it is just unbolt it like Jerry mentioned and drive it around the neighborhood slow and it should center its self. Then just adjust the track bar to fit where it sits. Sounds like your trackbar needs to be lengthened if it too far to the right.
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If you stand in the rear of the jeep looking to the front of the jeep on the drivers side the rear axle is 2 1/2 inches to the right of the front axle, they are not in line. sorry for the confusion and thanks
I am still not clear but I think I understand.
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I've been dealing with track bars for over 15 years and I have yet to see one self center. Even on the ole lady's 97 F350 I had to crank the axle over with a ratchet strap to get it to line up.

That being said I'm sure you have an easy fix considering its coil sprung all the way around. Did you confirm you have adjustable track bars? The best way to line it up is pick one axle first to mess with. For instance take the front, get a measuring tape and stick it across the top of the tire and put the dumb end on a spot stationary on the frame (ie right between the center of the spring all the way against the frame). Look down at the tape at the outer edge of the tread and make note of the distance. Then move to the other side and do the same thing, this will tell you which side is out further and by how much. Then all you have to do is take your track bar off, move it in or out and reinstall. Most of the time if you have two people it will work easier, one to hold the bar up and the other inside the jeep turning the steering wheel....by doing that, you will use the force of the jeep to move the body over on the springs allowing you to put the bolt back in place.
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I have a 99 TJ with 4" of lift and agree that you have to measure to center the axles. They just don't center well by themselves. The previous poster was right on with the front adjustment but the back is a bit tougher and may require a ratcheting strap or even a come along to center then adjust the track bar to fit the center position. You'll know if you have it right when you drive through a dip in the road and the jeep still goes straight.
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I would also make sure your lower control arms (if adjustable) are set the exact same length on each side. If they're set right the uppers should be easy and used to set pinion angle. Should be in alignment if it's set right.

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