Any time you change the ride height of a Jeep JL Wrangler, the front and rear axles will shift to one side or the other. The reason for this is because they’re solid axles that are held in place with a track bar that’s mounted on one end and then on the frame rail on the other. However, with a 2.5″ lift or less, the shift is minute and really, not enough to matter. Certainly, it won’t affect your steering, handling or otherwise. However, when you start getting into the 3″-3.5″ of lift or more and if you’re running shocks that will allow for big enough articulation, you will start to see some issues and especially so in the rear.
Because your rear axle will shift to the passenger side, your rear drive shaft may start to make contact with your gas tank skid. There are a few ways you can address this issue but one of the cheapest and easiest solutions is to install a rear track bar relocation bracket. By restoring the geometry of the track bar, essentially make it sit flatter again like it did when stock, your axle will return to a more centered position. Also, in addition to helping provide more clearance for your driveshaft, you may also see the added benefit of improved handling as well. For our purposes, we decided to install a track bar relocation bracket made by EVO Manufacturing and in this short video, you’ll see just how easy it is to install.
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Tools You Will Need
• EVO Rear Track Bar Relocation Bracket
• 21, 22mm Sockets
• 9/16, 5/8, 13/16, 7/8″ Sockets & Wrenches
• Torque Wrench
• Hand Drill
• 9/16″ Metal Drilling Bit
• Floor Jack
• Cutting Oil
• Touch Up Paint
Optional Tools You May Want
Milwaukee Impact Wrench
I should note that if your JL Wrangler is sitting at 4″ of lift or more, an adjustable track bar may be needed as well and with it set purposefully longer to push your axle further to the driver side. An aftermarket driveshaft may also help being that they typically have a narrower diameter tube.
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