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topsideroyal
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PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2007 11:57 am    Post subject: Steering dampener problem Reply with quote

I have a 2000 GC with a 3.5 lift. my problem is i that i dont have full turning radious to the left. i only get about one full revolution of the steering wheel, when it should be about 1.5 revoutions like it does when turning right. the steering dampener isnt extended out far enought for it to have its full range of motion, witch in return is limiting my steering to the left. i originaly thought it might be because i dont have my track bar adjusted right but i adjusted it again and im still haveing problems. has this happened to anyone else before. any advice or input would greatly help thanks
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Are you still running your stock dampener?
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swamp boy
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Track bar out of adjustment.. axle is slid over to one side...

Thats going to be your problem..

You need an adjustable trackbar..If you have one ... adjust it.. rofl rofl
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topsideroyal
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2007 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks alot ill try and adjust it again
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topsideroyal
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 12:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Im trying to adjust my trackbar but i am having problems putting the bolt back in. im trying to use a screwdriver to pry the trackbar in alignment with the bolt holes to the frame/body but just cant get it close enough to slip the bolt in. any sugjestions are welcome thats
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 5:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Have someone sit in the vehicle while you are under it.. (I shouldnt have to tell you to be very careful but I will..BE VERY CAREFUL HERE!!!)

Have them turn the wheel while you try to put the bolt back in.. That will work..
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topsideroyal
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2007 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

thanks but i already tried that, i was able to get the bolt in but it made my steering wheel 90 degrees out of alignment.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2007 4:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

OH... That parts easy... First park on drive way or whatever with the wheels straight.. Then There is a sleeve on the steering rod.. Loosen the two 14mm screws and turn the sleeve til the steering wheel is straight.. (You will probably need someone to watch it for you)

All of this info should be on here somewhere in a writeup I did called "Driveway alignment" or something like that..

That should solve your problem..

Let me know if it doesnt..

Carl
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PostPosted: Sun Jul 22, 2007 3:55 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

hey, i tried to turn that sleeve and it just wouldnt move, so i finaly swallowed my pride and took it in for an alignment and they said that couldnt get it to move eithor, one end looks all rusted that is probly why it wont turn. and looking at it looks like someone tried to turn it before because there are little marks on it that look like someone grabed it with some vice grips.
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 2:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have to use a big ass pipe wrench and a piece of pipe to turn mine..

You may have to do the same..
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Brad The Best
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 23, 2007 8:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

swamp boy wrote:
I have to use a big ass pipe wrench and a piece of pipe to turn mine..

You may have to do the same..


swampy is completely right .

the alignment shop can't really abuse any of your steering parts because it would be illegal, you are also not aloud to apply to heat to any steering components (they probably suggested replacing the drag link) . but really just get a pipe wrench and a propane torch and don't tell DOT .

just don't get to carried away , deep down you know when something is damaged were it is no longer safe or over adjusted .
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