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Old 12-08-2019, 01:36 PM
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Crooked Driving

So I just noticed yesterday that my jeep was driving with the rear end out to the left and the front end over to the right. I have also been driving "straight" with my steering wheel about 5-10 degrees to the left for some time. I looked at the rear axle and the axle itself is shifted over to the driver side, with the left side wheel obviously sticking out a little more than the right side. So my questions are, why would the axle be over to the drivers side, shouldn't the lift make the axle go the other way? I think this could be attributed to spring sag if the track bar was changed with the lift, but I got the jeep already lifted (whoops). And my second question, even if the rear axle is uncentered, is that really what's causing my steering to be off and my jeep to drive crooked?

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Old 12-08-2019, 03:40 PM   #2

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no you need to adjust your drag link to straighten your wheel. it is simple there is a turn buckle loosen the two bolts and and adjust until wheel is centered.

it is common for the axles to move from center after a lift. do you have a rear track bar relocation bracket? take photos and post them and you will get better advice.
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You can adjust the drag link to straighten the steering wheel but the Jeep will still be tracking crooked going down the street until you align the axles. You need to make what ever adjustments are necessary to center the axles under the Jeep. They need to be centered and square in the direction of travel.

If you don't do this you will be scrubbing the tires as you drive and wearing them out faster.

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As you lift, the rear axle will shift to the right and the front axle will shift to the left as I recall. Another factor in that is whether or not you have a rear track bar bracket and if so how much does it move the rear track bar mounting point. Raising the rear track bar mounting point will shift the axle back to the left.
But the axle being a little off to one side or the other should not make your Jeep go down the road sideways. Lots of Jeeps are a little off center.
You can straighten your own steering by adjusting the drag link as mentioned. You can center the axle(s) with adjustable track bars (the stockers aren't adjustable).
The two aspects are not directly related but both can be caused by lifting. As you lift, both will change.
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