Problem re-centering steering wheel after lift

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I'm not convinced you can achieve perfectly centered stationary in a driveway.

I've personally left the clamp nuts loose and head down the highway. Granted, my "highway" is straight and very rural. Then I observe where the wheel is while actually driving, get out and adjust, then go again.

You can just take a socket and ratchet with you if you're concerned with leaving the nuts loose. It's probably not a great idea to leave them loose anyhow, even for short periods.

Also there are some caveats which should be obvious, but common sense isn't common. Just a few:
-tire pressures should be close left/right
-road should have little to no crown
-crosswinds will skew any meaningful results
-don't drink and drive
-don't keep a hair dryer on the edge of bath tub, especially if it's plugged in
-don't run with scissors
-look both ways before you cross the street

and others I've forgotten
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I'm not convinced you can achieve perfectly centered stationary in a driveway.

I've personally left the clamp nuts loose and head down the highway. Granted, my "highway" is straight and very rural. Then I observe where the wheel is while actually driving, get out and adjust, then go again.

You can just take a socket and ratchet with you if you're concerned with leaving the nuts loose. It's probably not a great idea to leave them loose anyhow, even for short periods.

Also there are some caveats which should be obvious, but common sense isn't common. Just a few:
-tire pressures should be close left/right
-road should have little to no crown
-crosswinds will skew any meaningful results
-don't drink and drive
-don't keep a hair dryer on the edge of bath tub, especially if it's plugged in
-don't run with scissors
-look both ways before you cross the street

and others I've forgotten
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I didn’t have adjustable control arms when I installed these parts, I do now. But in retrospect it seems obvious that I could have adjusted the SteerSmarts track bar to not make contact with the diff cover. The SteerSmarts is a 3 piece unit with 2 adjustment points, if I’d have removed it and adjusted it so the bend was moved about an inch to the passenger side everything would have been just fine.

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My buddy suggested the same thing, when I had interference between my Yeti bar and arb diff cover. But with the axle centered, only the adjustment sleeve could be oriented back and forth, whereas the bend stays put. The axle would have to be offset to the drivers side to clear the diff.

Not at all trying to nitpick, just don't want you thinking that you could've avoided the 2nd track bar.

Glad to hear of your lift project getting done and in the record books. How bout some pics of the beast?
 
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My buddy suggested the same thing, when I had interference between my Yeti bar and arb diff cover. But with the axle centered, only the adjustment sleeve could be oriented back and forth, whereas the bend stays put. The axle would have to be offset to the drivers side to clear the diff.

Not at all trying to nitpick, just don't want you thinking that you could've avoided the 2nd track bar.

Glad to hear of your lift project getting done and in the record books. How bout some pics of the beast?
Yep, you’re right about not being able to shift the bend side to side. Where the bend made contact is toward the passenger side, the axle would need to be shifted further that way for it to clear.

No good pictures of it yet, here’s one I snapped at lunch today for the “Jeeps parking next to Jeeps” thread.

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Yep, you’re right about not being able to shift the bend side to side. Where the bend made contact is toward the passenger side, the axle would need to be shifted further that way for it to clear.

No good pictures of it yet, here’s one I snapped at lunch today for the “Jeeps parking next to Jeeps” thread.

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Has a nice stance to it. Looking forward to a full centerfold spread.

Looks like we are both coming from the same place and headed in a similar direction, as far as lift setups.

Left or right stuff wasn't a problem, but I'd get a nice grazing contact between my front track bar and diff cover when the whole axle compressed. Seems to not happen with the taller lift, but I'm still gonna swap out the ss bar for the mc one.

Congrats on the new setup!
 

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