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Old 05-27-2013, 07:19 PM   #1
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TJ shifted

Two months ago I lifted my TJ with a 2" BDS suspension lift. This is a weekend vehicle for me, and I had it with me at the beach for the holiday weekend. While walking back to it from the water, I noticed the front left (drivers side) tire exposed more from the fender than the passenger side front tire.

I made sure the tires were perfectly straight while parked, and still, the front left tire is shifted over approx. 1/2 to 3/4 inch.

Is this a result of the 2" suspension lift (which is really just a hair under 3" lift on mine)?

I did nothing other than the shocks and springs.

Can the shift be corrected? Front track bar?

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:39 PM   #2
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Prob have to center the axle. Re drill the track bar hole. U will have to look up the info on the distance to drill it.

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Old 05-27-2013, 07:49 PM   #3
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Oh boy, and I thought I could avoid things like this with a simple 2" lift.....lol.

Something to educate myself on I guess!
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Old 05-27-2013, 07:51 PM   #4
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Your other option could be an adjustable track bar. Costs more but no new holes to drill.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:05 PM   #5
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Live with it or buy an adjustable track bar. Dont drill holes, bad juju
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:07 PM   #6
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Yes, the suspension lift pulled the f/r axles over to the side via the track bar.

Think of the track bar as the diagonal line in the letter Z. The frame is the top horizontal part of the Z & the axle is the bottom horizontal line. In other words, the track bar connects to the frame on one side & to the axle on the other side.

If you pull the upper line upwards, as a suspension lift does, the track bar/diagonal line is going to pull the lower line (the axle) over to the side.

The fix is to either make the track bar longer via an adjustable length aftermarket trackbar, or redrill the passenger-side track bar mounting hole 3/4" over towards the driver's side & remount the track bar into that hole. Be careful, not drilling that hole properly will weaken/damage the mount which could cause problems.

Actually, you can leave it as is... the axles being off-center that little amount is no big thing. It is with taller lifts when re-centering the axles becomes more important.
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Old 05-27-2013, 08:29 PM   #7
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Besides the look, is it causing any harm to other components or tires? I'm I looking at a front or rear track bar to correct the shift?

Thanks guys for your input!
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Besides the look, is it causing any harm to other components or tires? I'm I looking at a front or rear track bar to correct the shift?

Thanks guys for your input!
Wont harm the tires. Your centerline is off but your front and rear tires are still tracking the same
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:01 PM   #9
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Thanks for the replys and information Jeep Nation!
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Old 05-28-2013, 07:32 PM   #10
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There's absolutely nothing wrong with drilling a new hole to move the track bar mounting point at the axle bracket, around 9/16" for a 2" lift (but it's better to measure how far you need to go) IF you weld an 1/8" or 3/16" plate on the front of the axle bracket first, then drill the new hole. I did this before I bought an adjustable track bar. Cost nothing except for 1/2 hour of my time to center the axle. I'm still using the new hole with my adjustable track bar.

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