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Old 06-16-2018, 03:05 PM
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Weirdness. Need thoughts on front end alignment

Hey all,

So was checking stuff out under jeep today, and noticed that my driver side LCA rear bolt is oddly angled (hard to see in Photo, but angle back on the outside).

Then had a look round everything, and noticed my passenger side wheel is closer to my bumper than my driver side wheel. About an inch different.

No lift, stock control arms, 31” tires on stock wheels. No tracking issues, no steering issues. No recent trauma since last alignment (which checked out)

Any ideas what might be going on and/or why?



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Passenger side wheel.

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Has the Jeep ever been wrecked?

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Old 06-16-2018, 04:54 PM
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Weirdness. Need thoughts on front end alignment

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Has the Jeep ever been wrecked?


Yeah, it is a rebuild, but all the reports came back with no frame damage.

Thinking that may not be true.

Had a bent axle which I replaced completely (hence the alignment 6months ago).

Wouldn’t the alignment have shown something odd?

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Guess I’m SOL here then

Wish I didn’t live in a hill, so I could get under and start checking more.




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My guess is that bracket was damaged and wasn't bent back correctly.
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Had a bent axle which I replaced completely (hence the alignment 6months ago).
Whatever impact bent the axle, also bent the bracket. As long as it tracks straight and the tires wear evenly, I wouldn't worry too much about it. It would take a pretty heavy hit to bend the bracket further, and trying to bend it back would probably do more damage. Inspect the welds for signs of cracking, then forget about it until/unless you get into mods where wheel well clearance of an inch matters.

Take a picture of the bracket on the other side and you'll probably see something closer to:
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Whatever impact bent the axle, also bent the bracket. As long as it tracks straight and the tires wear evenly, I wouldn't worry too much about it. It would take a pretty heavy hit to bend the bracket further, and trying to bend it back would probably do more damage. Inspect the welds for signs of cracking, then forget about it until/unless you get into mods where wheel well clearance of an inch matters.

Take a picture of the bracket on the other side and you'll probably see something closer to:
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This definitely makes me feel better - cheers!

Will have a proper look soon as I can!
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Alignment checks toe in which can be adjusted with the tie rod. This measurement is how well the tires track in relation to each other. The caster is the tilt of the axle and camber is the tilt of the wheels in relation to the ground.

An axle that is not mounted straight on a vehicle is not part of the measurement and at the end of the alignment they check that the wheels are straight fore and aft and adjust the steering wheel so it is straight.

Worst case you may find premature wear on that control arm bushing.

Just keep an eye on things.
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You can measure from the rear wheel center to the front wheel center on each side to see how far out it is. You could get a set of adjustable control arms and adjust the short side to be longer thus putting the axle back to square.
Or if it drives well enough you can drive it as is. I hope it was a good deal price wise.
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Ok, Ill ask the dumb question. Do you see a similar gap difference on the back of the front tire to the fender? If not, your bumper or its mounts are probably tweaked.

You could measure from the bumper end to rear bumper or to a door hinge on both sides to confirm or rule it out.

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