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Old 11-08-2009, 12:51 PM   #1
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Rear Track Bar Question

i have a 98 Sport 5speed,The original owner wrecked the Jeep and broke the rear axle(D44) which he replaced with a new D35 cause he didnt know the diffrence,His Jeep dealership done all the work.
Everything looks fine except the drivers side rear tire sticks out 1" more than it does on the passenger side,it looks like the axle isnt centered,I dont have the funds to buy a adjustable track bar,Theres no real noticable problem it just bothers me now that I know its off,I only found it cause I read someones post here about there axle moving,mine doesnt move,its fixed where its at
My Question is:
If I renforce my track bar bracket on the frame,Can I drill a hole 1/2" over on the side of the original hole to pull the axle .5 inch over?
If so will this effect anything else?
Im assuming the rear trackbar was bent during the wreck and never noticed

Or is there another way I can fix this issue?

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Old 11-08-2009, 12:53 PM   #2
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I have compared all the rims,There the same,At first I thought the left rear rim was a diffrent backspacing.....but it wasnt
Where do I measure to find out if my axle is really centered,Where are my starting points?

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Old 11-08-2009, 01:15 PM   #3
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Just measure from the same point on the tire to the frame on each side.

I'm not a big fan of drilling any stock trac bar bracket so I won't be telling you to do that. LOL

Does your jeep have any lift on it?
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:55 PM   #4
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No lift,all stock,Im not a fan of drilling and weaking brackets either,so If I drill I will weld on some renforcement side plates,I ride in muddy feilds and minor trails,No Crwaling......I'd like too but the nearest rocks are 1000 miles away,lol
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:58 PM   #5
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Are you certain it doesn't have spring spacers or maybe 2" taller springs? The stock trackbar length should be correct for an unlifted TJ which would position the axle in th center.
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:37 PM   #6
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No spring spacers,no kinda lifts at all
I just removed the rear trackbar and the center to center eye measurements is 33.5" does anyone have there stock trackbar that they can go out and measure?
With the Jeep on blocks and the suspension relaxed the axle is centered.....which makes sense,as the axle drops the trackbar will pull the axle towards the passenger side,so If I install a 2" BB the axle would sit perfectly center

The bar doesnt look bent in any way,I thought about bending it slightly strighter to make it center the axle but heating metal insnt a good thing

I'll probly leave it alone being it doesnt effect the handling at this point,it just bothers me knowing its not centered
Perhaps my springs are sagging and as the Jeep sits lower the trackbar moves the axle to the left,If so the sag is even in the front and rear
I have 141,000 miles on the stock set up,rides smooth,I hear all these people saying that Jeeps ride so rough.........its fine too me.Maybe the CJ,YJ labeled all jeeps to ride rough so people believe it,lol
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Old 11-08-2009, 02:42 PM   #7
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So If I add this
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It should center my axle as I see it now
If I strighten my TrackBar,Later if I add a BB I will have an un-centered axle again
I read all the time about using stock shocks with a BB......Can you really do that?Whats the Pro's & Cons of using Stock Shocks(until I can afford OME Shocks)?
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A comment that hasn't been said yet that needs to be said... providing it's not making the inside sidewall of a tire rub, there's really no problem at all with the axle shifted out to the side a bit. It's the nature of a 5-link suspension for the axle to move to one side a bit if everything isn't exactly perfect but that doesn't mean it is causing a problem. If the tire closest to the frame isn't rubbing, I wouldn't worry about it at all. I ran with my rear axle off to the side for probably five years before I finally installed a rear adjustable length track bar to center it back up.
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Old 11-08-2009, 04:38 PM   #9
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Its not causing any problems Jerry,Just bothers me now.I may add a budget boost later and I think It should correct the problem.I use this same set up on my scale r/c trucks but everything I have on the scale trucks are custom made fully adjustable,lol
Thankx for the input
The only reason it bothers me is if I keep my stock rims and get 31" tires,im affraid it will rub on that one side only

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