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HELP! Suggestions to correct Steering problem


 
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mdawg318
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Joined: 31 May 2005
Location: Bel Air, Maryland

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 5:19 am    Post subject: HELP! Suggestions to correct Steering problem Reply with quote

I have a 98 ZJ 5.2 lifted approx 8" with 35's and of course I have a problem. My steering is all over the place. It pulls from one side to the other very sporadically. Also my steering wheel moves back and forth and my tires do not. I have to drive down the road constantly moving my hand side-to-side to keep my Jeep straight. I have a 3" drop Pitman Arm, Front Adjustable Trac-bar and Bracet, two steering stabilizers and the proper length sway bar links. I have Bilstein 5150 shocks all the way around. I do not have a long arm system. I had adjustable control arms made to the proper length. What gets me is that when I have my 3" skyjacker and 2" spacers in I had just the basic system: lower control arms, springs, shocks and a front trac bar relocator bracket and had no problems. I had the stock steering stabalizer on. I could cruise down I-95 at 90mph with no worries. Now I cant even drive 40mph without getting scared. And its not a death wobble its a constant jerking. When taken to my local off-road shop they checked the alignment and said that it was all good. The only suggetion I have recieved is to remove the second steering stabalizer. I looked into using the steering box brace for the XJ but no one I spoke with knew if it would work on a ZJ - not even the manufactures of it. Any help would be kindly appreciated. Thanks, Mark
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unimog69
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Joined: 06 Jul 2005
Location: Phoenix, Az.

PostPosted: Mon Jul 18, 2005 6:32 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I would say pull your second stabilizer and see what happens. I have never seen a bracket that bolts to the front diff like that, I would think it would make your steering components pull on your axle, your tierod is supposed to move freely and your constricting it w/ that stabalizer. As for a steering box brace Kevinsoffroad.com make them for ZJs. $80. SHort arms may have something to do w/ what your experiancing as well. My $.2
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mdawg318
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PostPosted: Thu Jul 21, 2005 11:03 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I did pull the stabilizer and everything is fine now. I did not think having two on there was a good idea but it was suggested by the local 4x4 shop to help correct my problem and instead it made it worse. Now I just need to upgrade to an Old Man Emu stabilizer since they are a bit more robust than the Skyjacker. Thaks for the help.
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