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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:48 PM   #1
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Rear axle shifted towards the drivers side, suggestions???

So Ive noticed the drivers side rear tire sticks out further from the body than the passenger side. I measured today and sure enough the rear drivers tire protrudes .5" further than the other, it also appears to be slightly slanted. My alignment tech says my thrust angle is all out of wack...I'm guessing this is related. How do I fix it Jeepforum?


Oh and 2" rustys coils, 32x11.5 tires. Stock trackbar and control arms.

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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:49 PM   #2
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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:50 PM   #3
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The rear axle should be pulled to the passenger side with a small lift and no corrections to the track bar.

Are you sure you measured correctly and the Jeep was nice and level when you measured?
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Unread 08-04-2010, 02:59 PM   #4
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The rear axle should be pulled to the passenger side with a small lift and no corrections to the track bar.

Are you sure you measured correctly and the Jeep was nice and level when you measured?
On my garage floor. Took a tall metal rod, held it firmly against the sidewalls, and measured the distance from the body to the rod. .5" difference between both sides. The rustys 2" lift was more like 2 3/4".
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Unread 08-04-2010, 03:05 PM   #5
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An adjustable track bar is usually the way to fix an axle that is off center.

However, if your axle is really off the opposite way, you will need an adjustable track bar that is capable of being adjusted shorter than stock.

Are you sure its the driver side rear tire that is sticking out further? Maybe I am misunderstanding you.
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Unread 08-04-2010, 03:17 PM   #6
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Maybe you track bar is on backwards Are you the original owner? If not maybe the first owner tinkered with the track bar/track bar mounts and even before you lift it was even more off center.
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An adjustable track bar is usually the way to fix an axle that is off center.

However, if your axle is really off the opposite way, you will need an adjustable track bar that is capable of being adjusted shorter than stock.

Are you sure its the driver side rear tire that is sticking out further? Maybe I am misunderstanding you.
Maybe he can post a picture...I'm with you, what he is describing seems exactly backwards.

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I don't see any possible way for the rear axle to be protruding out further on the driver's side with the factory track bar, especially with a lift having been installed. Off to the passenger-side, yes.
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Unread 07-06-2011, 11:43 AM   #9
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98 TJ rear axle off center

Hello all,

Found this old thread when I was doing a search on this issue. My situation is similar to the OP of this thread, a couple of days ago I noticed that the rear axle on my 98 sahara is off center, it shifted to the driver side.

I have owned this jeep since Aug 2010, when I bought it from a local dealership it came stock. As far as I can tell the control arms, sway bar links and sway bar cushions are original. I did replace the shocks back in Oct 2010.

I'll try to post pictures tonight.

Any ideas what may have caused this?

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Without seeing pictures, the only thing I can think of is the track bar bracket on the rear axle has failed.

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Hello all,

Found this old thread when I was doing a search on this issue. My situation is similar to the OP of this thread, a couple of days ago I noticed that the rear axle on my 98 sahara is off center, it shifted to the driver side.

I have owned this jeep since Aug 2010, when I bought it from a local dealership it came stock. As far as I can tell the control arms, sway bar links and sway bar cushions are original. I did replace the shocks back in Oct 2010.

I'll try to post pictures tonight.

Any ideas what may have caused this?

Thanks,
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Unread 07-13-2011, 08:03 PM   #11
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98 TJ rear axle off center

Finally got some photos.

I replaced the following things last weekend hoping to solve this issue and another issue (clunking sound when engaging the clutch):

Rear Upper Control Arms
Rear Lower Control Arms
Rear Sway Bar Links
Rear Sway Bar Bushings
Rear Track bar
  • The clunking noise went away after I replaced the mentioned parts. The passenger side LCA was toast, the bushings fell off as soon as I removed the control arm from the brackets.
  • The rear axle is still off-center, the tires are evenly worn.


The jeep is bone stock, what can cause the axle to be off center?

Any input is greatly appreciated....

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Unread 07-13-2011, 08:10 PM   #12
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The only thing that can make the rear axle protrude more on the driver's side is if the rear springs have sagged a little which will force the axle towards that side due to how the track bar connects the axle to the frame on the passenger side. 1" spacers on top of the springs can fix that, or new standard height springs.

That said, there's nothing wrong with the axle being a little off to the side like that. Jeepers with small lifts have the same problem but their rear axles are shifted more towards the passenger side.
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Unread 07-14-2011, 07:08 AM   #13
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Thanks for the information Jerry!!

I'll put "replace springs" on my list of things to do....

Thanks again!!!
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Unread 04-03-2012, 05:25 PM   #14
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realized a few days ago that my Jeep is doing the same thing, glad I found this thread.
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Unread 04-04-2012, 06:38 AM   #15
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Update

I changed the coil springs ( H&R coils) as suggested and nothing changed. The jeep sits a bit higher but the axle situation is the same. I'm thinking that an adjustable track bar can center the rear axle.

It drives straight and the tires are evenly worn so it's not causing any problems just doesn't look right to me.
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