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what is happening is that when you go to tighten the jam nut, the whole bar is rotating that direction, then after it's tight, the bar settles back to where the ball joint is level - but now the heim joint is off - like in your pics.
Now, since the primary motion of the track bar is up and down, it really shouldn't be a big deal. But having said that, it would bug me for it to be crooked like in your pics.
The solution is to loosen the jam nut, get the bar rotated so the ball joint is level, hold the bar to keep it from rotating and get the heim joint centered by rotating it with a cresent wrench on the solid body of the joint. When that's all good, hold the track bar and the heim joint (a friend helps here) while you snug the jam nut.
Alternatively if you don't have a friend handy is to rotate the bar forward to the limit of the ball joint, hold the centered heim with a cresent wrench, then tighten the jam nut - the bar will rotate slightly with the nut, and hopefully come out to where the ball joint is level. You might have to try different starting points to get it all straight and level with final tightening.