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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 01-11-2019, 04:20 PM Thread Starter
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front axle offset

Ok guys, I tried to post this under wheel and suspension segment but was unable so I will try here instead, I'm doing some cleanup under my 05 rubi when I noticed the front axle appeared to be offset to drivers side, so to make sure I wasn't seeing things, I got out a level and tape measure, I measured from the end of the axle spindle to the level using the outside of the fender flare as a reference and wow. the passenger side measured a little over 4.5 inches, the drivers side was just under 2 inches, it appears front axle is offset from center by about 1.25 inches. am I all wet or is this not normal? also what should I use for a reference point to correct, if needed? I have a 4 inch lift with adjustable track bar if that makes a difference. I checked the rear axle using the same method and it was spot on. thanks
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When I had that issue it was because I did not have an adjustable trackbar. Adding an adjustable one allowed for correcting that offset.

Is it possible the previous owner did not adjust the trackbar during installation, or increased lift height after an initial adjustment?
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it occurred to me that I have 0 weight on the axle, when put her back on the ground the axle should come closer to center being the angle of the track bar will change. what do I use as a reference point as the fender flares likely not a good choice?
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You are right, put weight on it then drive it around the block to settle in the suspension.
Measure from wherever is easy, as long as it is the same spot side to side. Count the turns of your track bar and write it down. Another spin and recheck. It might take a few times.
In the shop we have slip plates under the wheels so we don't have to settle the suspension after a adjustment.
If it needs any sort of adjusting you will have to center the steering wheel when done, with the drag link.
Most vehicles don't have axles centered but you don't really notice it until you install some larger tires. It really doesn't effect alignment or how they drive but if you are a little compulsive like me then it can be that one thing that just get you going.
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Moved the thread for you. Blaine (mrblaine) uses a plumb bob hanging down from the center of the engine (oil pan? - I forgot where he stuck the magnet end of the plumb bob string.)

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Moved the thread for you. Blaine (mrblaine) uses a plumb bob hanging down from the center of the engine (oil pan? - I forgot where he stuck the magnet end of the plumb bob string.)
thank you guys, I was thinking I had a serious issue, sounds like it will not be that bad even if it needs some adjustment, also thanks for moving this thread.
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