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Old 07-03-2013, 01:57 PM   #1
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Can I just unbolt TB's to recenter axles?

Hello. I think I messed up my axle alignment by trying to do measurements and not being exact. Now my wrangler swings side to side when going over bumps. Pretty sad.

Anyways, if I just unbolt both track bars and manhandle the jeep, will it re-center itself? Then I can just adjust the track bars to fit into the brackets and be done with it?
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Old 07-03-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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I believe so... still want to use some measurements to make sure, but yeah.

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yeah... you could undo the track bars and turn the steering wheel a couple times... but it's not going to "center your jeep"... when you reinstall the track bars... you'll have to adjust everything to center them. as long as you're between and 1/8" and 1/4" of adjustment on each side... you should be fine. you sure you're jeeps not swaying back and forth because the bolts loosened up?
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yeah... you could undo the track bars and turn the steering wheel a couple times... but it's not going to "center your jeep"... when you reinstall the track bars... you'll have to adjust everything to center them. as long as you're between and 1/8" and 1/4" of adjustment on each side... you should be fine. you sure you're jeeps not swaying back and forth because the bolts loosened up?
That's possible.. Ill buy a long breaker bar so I can tighten them better because I haven't been strong enough to reach 125 ftlbs.
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Old 07-03-2013, 02:14 PM   #5
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The side to side motion wouldn't be because the axles are off center. Something else is wrong.

The easiest way to center the axle is to unbolt the trackbar, then use a cargo strap to ratchet the axle into position. You can put the strap on and move the axle little by little, allowing you a chance to do the measurements to make sure it's centered. Use a torque wrench to reach the 125 ft lbs, not a breaker bar.

But as noted, you will need to look for other reasons for the side to side motion. If the track bar is currently installed, it should be working to locate the axle as it moves up and down.

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As tabber stated, the track bar will not re-center your axles unless it is an adjustable track bar. The stock one will always come up short now with the jeep lifted and the control arms pulling the axles to one side. An adj track will fix the axles being centered.
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Yep, something else is going on. Buy a torque wrench. 125 especially with the Tb's is really important,

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