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post #1 of 9 Old 11-14-2019, 10:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hydroplane curb smack, axle alignment

Recently hit a curb at speed with the right front tire first then back right. Front lower control arm is bent along with the bracket. Haven’t replaced those yet but plan to this weekend. Gonna cut out the bracket and weld on another oem bracket and replace the arm.

The wheels have shifted to the drivers side by 2 inches. I’ll attach pictures below, but my question is if I replace the lower control arm and bracket along with install an adjustable track bar will the wheels shift back over to the passenger side or will I have to fix something else?

Would appreciate any advice

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post #2 of 9 Old 11-15-2019, 06:03 PM
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I would suspect it will be fine assuming the bracket is replaced exactly where the original was. I found getting the front centered was pretty easy, disconnect the track bar and bounce a couple times. It should center. In theory you shouldn't need an adjustable track bar although nothing wrong with getting one.

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post #3 of 9 Old 11-15-2019, 08:55 PM
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Nobody can answer that without having hands and eyes on your Jeep in person. I see in the pic where your control arm bracket is bent. That is contributing to the cause. You already know that. Maybe your track bar itself or brackets to are bent though. It is hard to say what shifted though. I am a mechanic for a living and some suspension bends are obvious in the beginning but hard to find the last piece of the puzzle sometimes when it comes to alignments and stuff. JS. I have a lot of experience in this. Patience and measuring and good observation are needed.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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I can't believe it didn't bend your tie rod. I got hit directly into my tire while turning onto my street, by a car going 50 mph. I replaced the control arms, track bar (because it bent), sway bar links and all was good. It also broke my aluminum wheel and popped my new 35" tire. I was lucky my tires stuck out so far or I would have had major body damage. I didn't even get a scratch on my paint.
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The wheels have shifted to the drivers side by 2 inches. I’ll attach pictures below, but my question is if I replace the lower control arm and bracket along with install an adjustable track bar will the wheels shift back over to the passenger side or will I have to fix something else?
if everything that has been damaged is repaired and the axle isnt bent, yes, it should be back to the way it was


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I can't believe it didn't bend your tie rod. I got hit directly into my tire while turning onto my street, by a car going 50 mph. I replaced the control arms, track bar (because it bent), sway bar links and all was good. It also broke my aluminum wheel and popped my new 35" tire. I was lucky my tires stuck out so far or I would have had major body damage. I didn't even get a scratch on my paint.
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post #8 of 9 Old 11-18-2019, 10:17 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the help guys! I got caught up this weekend, so I’m planning to do it this week. I’ll update you with pics after I get the bracket and arm installed. I’ll do that before I order the track bar in case everything shifts back after. Keeping my fingers crossed 🤞🏼
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post #9 of 9 Old 11-18-2019, 06:51 PM
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Hope it works out well. Keep us updated.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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