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Old 02-05-2014, 12:53 PM   #1
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Back tires off center?

So I was out in the garage bored so I started checking all my fluids and somehow my eyes caught the my passenger tire sticks out a little over an inch further than driver side. I've never noticed any abnormal driving conditions and all tires are wearing properly (rotate every oil change). I guess my question is where should I start looking.

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:23 PM   #2
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Ya that's the same on mine. I believe that's just how they are from the factory (not 100% sure), but I also remember watching a teraflex lift instal video that said that's just how the jeeps are, the factory specs say that's where they are supposed to be but if you have adjustable control arms and track bar you can line it up so the tires are evenly centered. Once again not 100% sure so someone else with more knowledge could feel free to chime in.

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Old 02-05-2014, 03:24 PM   #3
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Also, I like the color of the jeep, same as mine lol.
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Old 02-05-2014, 05:49 PM   #4
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do you have a lift on it?
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:00 PM   #5
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If it's lifted you need to check your rear track bar. The track bar is what centers the axel underneath the jeep, and if you lifted it you should've gotten a new trackbar, an adjustable trackbar, a new trackbar bracket or drilled a new hole for your track bar. I would recommend getting a new adjustable trackbar and adjusting in to the right length, there's a plethora of information on doing that out there
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:26 PM   #6
Knows a couple things...

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Your Jeep has a track bar for both the front and rear axles so any suspension lift will pull the axles out to the sides. The rear axle will move towards the passenger-side, the front axle will move toward the driver's side.

Look at the letter Z. The top horizontal line represents the chassis of the Jeep, the bottom horizontal line represents the axle, and the diagonal line represents the track bar. You can see that lifting the top line would, via the diagonal line, pull the bottom line off to the side.

For small lifts, it's ok to have the axles a little off to the side. For taller lifts it's best to re-center them with adjustable length track bars.
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:34 PM   #7
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......or, if it's not causing tire wear your $$ and just leave it!
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Old 02-05-2014, 06:58 PM   #8
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Nobody else will typically notice this, but you'll see it everytime you look at your Jeep now. Almost everyone running a short budget boost has this. It doesn't really effect the way your jeep handles and usually isn't worth dealing with it if your lift is only 2 inches or less. Once you get up to 3 or 3.5 inches people start looking into adjustable track bar lengths or brackets to recenter the axles.
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Old 02-05-2014, 07:23 PM   #9
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I swore I noticed this on my stocker but thought I was going nuts !
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Old 02-05-2014, 09:28 PM   #10
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Totally stock LJ, had it almost a year, passenger rear sticks out close to an inch more than drivers side. With a lot of weight in the back, I would bet it would center. I agree that it's a non-issue.
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Old 02-06-2014, 06:31 AM   #11
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Thank you for all of your responses. Yes I do have a rough rough rough county 2.5 lift I guess if it becomes a problem I will fix it. Thank you again.

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