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eggdashure
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:30 pm    Post subject: Squirrelly Jeep... Reply with quote

Hi All,

I have a 98 Cherokee that is really getting squirrelly on the road. I installed a 2 inch lift 2 years back and progressively the handling has deteriorated. Basically, if I hit a (for example) speed bump with the tires square on, everything seems fine. If I hit it with one tire first I can feel something is loose. Also, if I am going down the road it tends to wander from side to side. Any ideas always appreciated!

Matt
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 18, 2006 10:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

well first thing to do is check and see if your front end is tight ....i.e. balljoints tirerod ends ...track bar....swaybar...ect
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 12:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

My guess would be the track bar, from personal experience. I had to replace mine about a month ago because it was doing the same thing you're describing.
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eggdashure
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I suspected the track bar too. My next question is, with a 2 inch lift, do I need an adjustable one?

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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:10 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would be a good investment to get one in case you decide to go any higher.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, to be honest, I may be selling it in the near future. So basically, I want to solve the problem, but make sure it isn't going to show up during a test drive! Shocked
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 19, 2006 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case, go with your run-of-the-mill $70 Duralast trackbar. Mine was a bitch to take off. It took a dead-blow hammer, ball joint separator, and about an hour of banging and prying the hell out of it. Good luck.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 20, 2006 3:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

So, what your saying is, stock up on ice and bandaids! Putting in that lift was much the same way, banging and kicking until things finally fell into place. It's why they say "Jeeps aren't bought, they're built!" Thanks for the advice!

Matt
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 22, 2006 9:08 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I ran into this problem a few years ago on my 91 XJ. I'd hit a pot hole with one wheel at 35 and the damn thing would start swerving all over the road. Almost uncontrolable on gravel roads.
Alignment didn't fix it.
New wheel bearings didn't fix it.
New track bar ends didn't fix it.
Even new tires didn't fix it.
I almost gave up and sold it figuring it was something really bad.

Took the advice of a friend and bought a $25 steering stabilizer (the shock absorber thing on your steering bar). That FINALLY fixed it. Been fine ever since.
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I would agree with you, however mine is only a two year old SkyJacker Stabilizer. It hasn't seen much off road action recently, so I doubt it is the problem. I suppose since I have two Cherokees I could pop it off the other one just as a test.

Kind of a follow up to my original post. I think I should ask this first, before I spend the money on a track bar. I work in a Tire Shop (Sam's Club...blat!), since we've hit our slow period I pulled my Jeep in for a closer look. I noticed that the pins sold to me for use in my sway bar disconnects are fairly small compared to the opening the are designed to fit into. Could this cause any problems with the squirreliness (if that's even a word)?

Basically, it's a pin that fits through that doesn't appear to be large enough to fill the gap. I hope that makes sense.

During that check nothing seemed noticeably loose, except for what I explained before with the sway bar. I'd take the thing off, but as I said I do mostly city driving right now.

Thanks, Matt
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 04, 2007 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just had the Jeep out on the highway and something I wanted to add to the symptoms...

I hit a pothole at 50MPH and the Jeep hit with only the drivers front tire and drivers rear. When it hit up front the Jeep shook, but nothing bad. When the back tire hit the Jeep lurched to the right a foot or so... granted it's a Jeep not a Cadillac, but that doesn't seem common place to me. Though I'm not familiar with lifted Jeep rides.

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