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Unread 05-04-2011, 07:22 AM   #1
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rear axle not aligned on frame

I have a 2003 TJ with a 2.5 skyjacker lift. I did not install the lift, but since that time, my son and I have been doing as much maintenance as we can ourselves. We now have a lift in the garage.

Just recently, my kid pulled my transfer case to get it worked on. As I looked at the jeep from the rear, the rear axle does not appear to be centered on the jeep frame. I looked at the track bar and nothing seems to be bent. The lift was put on a couple of years ago, and it's been looked at by several jeep experts.... nobody has ever made a comment that it was off (and I never noticed it before).

I've included some pictures of the wheels (although it doesn't do it justice.. the difference is probably a couple of inches towards the passenger's side).

Any thoughts on what to look at would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

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Unread 05-04-2011, 07:23 AM   #2
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Do you have an adjustable rear track bar? If not, that is why the axle is off like that. Its no big deal.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 07:28 AM   #3
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It is not going to be centered when the suspension is unloaded on the lift. What is it like when on the ground? Sounds like you may need to adjust the track bar.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 08:15 AM   #4
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I'll read more threads on how to adjust the track bar to compensate for this. Being relatively new to this, I don't know the difference yet between a big deal and no big deal.

Thanks for the advice.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 09:23 AM   #5
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As the previous poster pointed out, it's NOT going to look centered while up on the lift. Put it down on the ground and then check it out.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 09:38 AM   #6
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Yep, got it. Thanks again.
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Unread 05-04-2011, 07:27 PM   #7
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. . . We now have a lift in the garage. . .
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Unread 05-05-2011, 08:28 AM   #8
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At 17, my son crawling on the cold wet floor under cars is a rite of passage, but at 50, been there/done that. It got old for me real quick. What use to be easy (shimmying under a car and back out several times on my back) has now become more of a "roll" than a "shimmy". Couple that with the blackouts that accompany getting back up on your feet after laying for an hour or two on the cold floor and all of a sudden a garage lift is worth the price.

BTW, putting the jeep back on the floor corrected the alignment issue as some of you predicted. Thanks!
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