You have to measure each side to make sure there is the same amount of space on both sides. Take your tape measure and with your front wheels pointed straight, find a spot on the tire to measure from to a point on the frame or body of the Jeep inside the wheel well area. Do the same on the other side using the exact same points. If it is out use a ratchet strap to pull it back to even and install the track bar then remove the strap.
I think the steering wheel trick will work too but you need someone to turn it as you measure and mount the bar. The ratchet strap trick is more for when you don't have help and honestly I think it would work better anyways and be more precise.
I just parked in a level spot. Used a short carpenters level vertically at the center of each fender at the hub. Measured center of outer tire wall to inside edge of the level on both sides and split the difference. Adjust the track bar, then check your measurement again. Usually, cranking the steering the other way got the holes lined up enough to get the bolt in.
D would be the answer. THe track bar is side to side under the vehicle not up and down or front to rear which are the measurements in your drawing.
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Waa! I just read some more stuff about adjusting this. I was doing A, Which is completely stupid. I thought i have to measure the height from each side. No wonder why my tires shows more outside of the fender than the other.
Ive read more of it but is till don't get it. Can anyone can make me an illustration like what i did on how to properly measure it.
Ill do the steering trick, i just don't know where to measure it. Ones i learn this i might as well do a write up about it. I couldn't find one with pics.
oh well, thats how we all learn. by asking. so can anyone please help.tnx.
The track bar centers the axle under the vehicle from left to right (left and right are always taken from the driver's perspective). When you go up in lift, the stock track bar will bring the center of the axle (center being between the the 2 wheels) closer to the driver side of the vehicle. An adjustable track bar allows you to puch the center of the axle to the right, back under the center of the vehicle. On level ground, I was describing measuring the gap of both sides of the vehicle, between the outer edge of the fender and the tire. Subtract the difference of the 2 measurements and that will be your track bar adjustment.
Edit- You posted the pics while I was typing, yes, that's how but I oculdn't find my plumb bob and just used a 3 ft level.
Awesome. I'm thinking that i should find the center of the axle and center of the body then try to let them meet up at the middle. Which i believe is the harder way, or just measure the Fender-to-Hub from each side(the easier way.
Funny how i was doing it all wrong. I learned what a plumb bob looks like. now time to readjust. Tnx folks. ill make a write up to share.