Unfortunately, managed to hit and mount a curb around 20-25 mph and did some damage to the underneath of the front passenger side. No body damage apart from needing a new wheel and tire which is easily replaceable, but got back on the road and realized the steering wheel was off... by what seems like a lot really. And I do realize that it will need to be realigned but seems like it's off by more than that. Got home only to realize that the passenger side lower control arm was very bent, as well as the the whole body being shifted slightly towards the driver's side which was very noticeable due to the springs being basically shifted roughly 2 inches.
Guess what I'm trying to ask is if the steering and the body being shifted so much is just a result of that control arm being bent so much and if I replace it and the mounts will everything else just shift back? Saw one thread on here talking about the steering being off slightly and how to fix it but this is a little more than slightly.. and I don't think they had the control arm bent either. Also if anyone might have an idea as to what else might be damaged/broken please let me know. Sooner the better I might add.
Jeep is a stock 2005 Wrangler Tj with the 4.0 L I6
Okay, any idea if the steering could be brought back to the right position by adjusting the drag link? I read about it being done for steering wheels that were out of alignment by 90 degrees but mines a lot worse than that, say 3/4 turn to the left and about 2 turns to the right off center.
its going to be hard to visually tell considering the stock shape. I'd start with what you know is bent. If the Lower is bent, chances are the upper is too. Fix that, head to the alignment shop. I'm sure they could tell you as well. Since it is stock, the machine can tell if the track bar is bent. It could just be the ca's though. I'd check all my mounts, esp the track bar mounts as they are what centers the axle. Check both sides frame ca mounts as well, and the coil buckets
Alright I'll definitely take a look at the track bars and it's gonna go to a shop to get checked out tomorrow morning, hopefully it won't be terrible. Apart from welding the new brackets to the axle, I can really install the ca's myself and that should save some on labor and up charge on parts. Appreciate the quick responses, I'll let y'all know what they say tomorrow. Can't ever hurt to hear other's opinions too!
the whole body being shifted slightly towards the driver's side which was very noticeable due to the springs being basically shifted roughly 2 inches.
Two inches off center is a lot, this tells me bent trac bar. I would put money on it. The only way to tell aside from a side by side with a known good one is to measure the length. Of course if your trac bar mounts are jacked up that could do it, but as some one who had bent a trac bar, in a low speed accident similar to the one described, my money is on the trac bar.