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Old 04-08-2007, 07:48 AM   #1
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Weird Wheel Offset Problem

Hello again everyone. Quick question for you experts!

I just noticed yesterday that my passenger side rear wheels sticks out further than the drivers side. I measured it using a level across the fenders and its out further by about 1".

You can tell by looking at it that the pass side rear wheel sticks out further. I don't remember noticing it immediately after putting on the lift. I did a 2" spacer lfit, Rancho shocks, and 32x11.5 tires.

I took a quick glance underneath and didn't notice anything obviously broken. The wheel isn't loose. Just looks like the whole axle is shifted over. I thought maybe I came up over the curb in my driveway and is shifted over wwhich wouldn't be too strange with a live axle, but after driving it a few miles, it was still that way.

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Old 04-08-2007, 08:14 AM   #2
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Did you install a longer trac bar, or do a relocation bracket? If not, your trac bar is pulling the axle to that side in the back, and if you check your front, you will most likely find that that axle is shifted slightly to the driver's side. The trac bar swings in an arc, and when you move the axle farther away from it, it has to pull the axle towards the mount in order to not break. I think that this makes sense, but I haven't had my coffee yet.

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Old 04-08-2007, 09:20 AM   #3
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I did not install anything additional other than the spacers and the shocks.

Would that be a normal issue with only a 2" lift?

Just to freshen my mind....which one is the trac bar? That the one that connects the axle to the frame to keep it moving too far from side to side?

Any way to check for sure that this might be what's going on?

Do ya think its ok to keep driving it until I can get a fix? If that is the issue....what exactly would I be looking at as a fix?

Sorry for all the questions, I appreciate your help. Just weird that I didn't notice it right away.
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:22 AM   #4
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I think you need one of these
http://www.rubiconexpress.com/Produc...=65427E1235830

You could probl. find one for alot cheaper if you look around or ebay
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Old 04-08-2007, 11:52 AM   #5
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Installing anything that lifts your Jeep, whether just spacers or a full-on suspension, will cause the axles to shift out to the side. The rear will shift to the passenger side, the front will shift to the driver's side. This is due to the axles being connected to the frame via the trackbar on one side.

But... being off to the side a tad like yours are with only a 2" spacer lift presents no real serious problems other than looks. If you really wanted to fix it, the proper fix would be to install adjustable length trackbars but I wouldn't bother until your TJ gets lifted more.
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I just took my 2 "Spacer lift off and returned it to stock.But my fron axle is still shifted an inch. Not sure what to do now to get it back centered. Everything is stock now. and it just had an alignment...
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I just took my 2 "Spacer lift off and returned it to stock.But my fron axle is still shifted an inch. Not sure what to do now to get it back centered. Everything is stock now. and it just had an alignment...
Your springs might have sagged a bit from the 2" spacers. If the axle is over to the side by only an inch, I wouldn't worry about it as that is no big deal. The fix would be to either install an adjustable length front track bar or to install new springs.
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Thanks Jerry, I think I'll try a new set of springs.They're 8 years old and could probably use it.

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