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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-18-2003, 01:08 AM Thread Starter
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Rear Axle Location Problem

The rear axle in my TJ is not positioned where my tire is centered in the wheel well. I have 5.5" lift springs and 1" body lift and I just put 37" MTR's on it today. I believe if I stuff the tire that it will probably rub the front of the wheel well. Is there any easy adjustment that can be made so the tire is centered in the wheel well or am I going to have to do a little surgery on the bottom corner at the front of the wheel well.
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Re: Rear Axle Location Problem

You could probably take a few turns on the control arms to move it back a little. 37's are pretty big and I would think you would need to cut at least a little bit to make them fit. I am no TJ expert though.
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Re: Rear Axle Location Problem

Remember if you have that much lift on the jeep, the wheel will move back in the wheelwell when the suspension compresses. So if it is a little forward in the wheelwell, it will move back when it compresses centering the wheel in the fender. This is because the control arms are pointing downward more than stock now with the lift and as they rotate backward on an arc the wheel will center itself.

Stuff the wheel up into the fender then see what happens.
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Re: Rear Axle Location Problem

Stuffed the rear tire today. It rubs when stuffed about 6", but it is rubbing only the front lower part of the wheel well. I still have 3.5" from the top of the tire to the fender before it rubs there. The jeep has 9.5" from top of wheel to fender on flat ground.
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Re: Rear Axle Location Problem

Anyone else having this problem?
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Re: Rear Axle Location Problem

What kind of control arms are you running? If you have some adjustable ones you can probably extend them enough to get some more travel.

Or you might need to go to a long arm kit of some kind. They allow for more proper placement and less arc when the wheel travels.
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