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Old 08-16-2014, 04:37 PM   #1
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My rear axle is slightly off center

Hi everyone. I recently purchased a 98 TJ sahara that has what it looks like a 2 inch spring spacer lift and 1 inch body lift. Shocks were done so I replaced them and I noticed the passenger side rear tire sticks out a little more than the driver side. After I researched the forum I figured a track bar relocation bracket should fix it. I bought one from rough country and installed it but my tires are in the same position. May be a little better but still not centered. The jeep drives perfectly straight. If anyone ran in to this before, please let me know.
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Old 08-16-2014, 04:48 PM   #2
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Do you have a spacer on one of the wheels and not the other?

If it sticks out more on the passenger side it means your track bar is too short. A relocation bracket would normally solve the problem. Check for spacers. If no spacers you may need an adjustable rear track bar. Also check to make sure both track bar mounts are straight and attached firmly.

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Old 08-16-2014, 06:30 PM   #3
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I just got these wheels 2 days ago, so no spacers. Track bar is as it should be. So may be try adjustable track bar?
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Old 08-16-2014, 06:55 PM   #4
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My '04 does the same with no lift!
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:15 PM   #5
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Have you tried an adjustable rear track bar? My front axle is off center because of a 3 inch lift and a stock track bar. Im putting an adjustable track bar in over labor day weekend, which everyone ive found says fixes the problem of relocating the axle.
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Old 08-16-2014, 07:54 PM   #6
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My '04 does the same with no lift!
My stock 98 seems to be off a little too.
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Old 08-16-2014, 10:56 PM   #7
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Ok so I'm not the only one. Adjustable track bars and sway bar disconnects are in my near future.
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Old 08-16-2014, 11:52 PM   #8
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Just throwing it out there.... Measure your back spacing on all four of your new wheels. It may be that one of them is different from the others.
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Old 08-17-2014, 01:13 AM   #9
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I thought about that but it did it with my old wheels and it's doing it now with these...
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:26 AM   #10
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I thought about that but it did it with my old wheels and it's doing it now with these...

Guess that narrows it down to suspension then. Have you checked your track bar mounts? Are they tweaked or are they still true? If the mounts are true then I would start with buying and installing an adjustable track bar.
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Old 08-17-2014, 08:38 AM   #11
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Rear axle being slightly off centered is common and expected with a lift. This is more of a visual concern than drivability issues or tire wear. OP, how much off centered is it?
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I'd say less then an inch. The track bar mounts look good. I'm guessing my lift is a bit higher than what a relocation bracket can fix. Hopefully adjustable track bar will take care of it. The jeep drives perfectly straight with no abnormal tire wear.
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Rear axle being slightly off centered is common and expected with a lift. This is more of a visual concern than drivability issues or tire wear. OP, how much off centered is it?
This is true, but why not make it right?
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Old 08-17-2014, 02:05 PM   #14
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Your front axle is probably off center to the opposite side. This is what happens with a 2 inch budget boost. Front sticks out a little more to the drivers side and rear to the passenger side. It doesn't affect handling and most people just live with it.
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Old 08-17-2014, 03:34 PM   #15
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And adjustable track bars won't fix that?
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It is corrected by adjustable track bars, yes. Knowing the axles aren't centered would bother me every time I saw my jeep. I run MetalCloak track bars.

I'm still thinking something is bent if the relocation bracket didn't help at all. Check the bar itself to make sure its straight and check the mounts to make sure they aren't bent and don't have cracked welds. Relocation brackets put a lot of strain on the brackets the bolt to because of the increased leverage. I welded my relocation bracket on and welded on supports to the axle tube.
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They appear to all be in good shape. I'll take another look just to make sure. The bracket helped a bit just not completely. And I know exactly what you mean. It drives me nuts looking at it
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I run the rubicon express adjustable track bar for the rear. Did the trick for me
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Old 08-17-2014, 11:51 PM   #19
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With just the 2 inch spacer lift I would leave it alone, it is not harming anything. If you must, an adjustable track bar will allow you to perfectly dial in your axle.
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Like indicated above, it des not affect driving or tire wear. I have about 3" of lift and have not adjusted the axles.
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Old 08-18-2014, 10:49 PM   #21
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I know but it drives me nuts looking at it.
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Old 08-19-2014, 06:06 AM   #22
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Or maybe he just cares about having his jeep set up correctly... I like my MetalCloak adjustable. Get the one with the location bracket if its mostly a daily driver. Great clearance and super strong.

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