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Unread 10-09-2006, 07:46 PM   #1
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what controls the resistance in steering?

what is it that controls the resistance in steering?

I have a 92 briarwood that has easy turning of the steering wheel.
My other 2 jeeps (92 and 93 xjs) have steering that has more resistance.

The first is not loose or anything, it just does not have the resistance/control of the others.

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Unread 10-09-2006, 07:54 PM   #2
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I don't know but I'm guessing the amount of hydraulic pressure boost the pump provides. The steering on my '01 just feels heavy and while it may have more of a return to center it feels vague at the same time. My old '89 had a lighter feel but felt more precise in steering input and response.
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Unread 10-10-2006, 07:39 AM   #3
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I'd like to know this too. My 93 will turn with little or no effort, while my wife's 99 is heavy.
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i would say just the difference in the power steering setup...like said above the pump and hydraulic setup.
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The steering box has a "slop" adjustment screw on the top. I'm not sure what the real name is but the FSM should hold more info.
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the sector shaft adjustment nut on the top of the box is your preload for steering feel. although you can adjust it its not recomended. not enough and its real loose, just a smidge to much and youll have no return to center. if its only feeling loose and theres no slop inthe steering linkage dont bother with it.
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Unread 10-10-2006, 02:30 PM   #7
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i would say just the difference in the power steering setup...like said above the pump and hydraulic setup.

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My old 84 XJ had powersteering that you could wheel with your Pinky.....my newer one is much more stiff.

I think they do it so there's more restistance as your're turning..more like a car....It's suppose to be more safe
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It's safety related. More resistance at higher speeds = better stability if you're a nervous, twitchy little bastard. LOL!!!
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Unread 10-10-2006, 03:06 PM   #9
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what about the steering dampener? wouldent that have a play in that? or am i just stupid for asuming that haha
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Unread 10-10-2006, 03:14 PM   #10
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it might be similiar to the setup on my dads durango. the steering keeps the same resistance reguardless of the RPMS. on my 90 dodge the higher the rpms the easier the wheel is to turn, wiuth the durango its the same. provides a better feel at highway speeds.
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Are you talking resistance while stopped or is it twitchy while driving. Caster affects this while in motion.
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Unread 10-10-2006, 07:36 PM   #12
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My old 84 XJ had powersteering that you could wheel with your Pinky.....my newer one is much more stiff.
My '89 was like that. Great for off road and I never had a problem with it feeling twitchy on the road. It handled more precisely than my '01.
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The more caster a front end has the harder it will be to steer away fron center but will center itself easier. Or it could be the other way around. I can't remember which.
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Unread 10-11-2006, 01:35 AM   #14
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The more caster a front end has the harder it will be to steer away fron center but will center itself easier. Or it could be the other way around. I can't remember which.
I'm thinking of a Chopper with a big long fork, and how that would affect the turning, etc. Does more caster = closer to the front end of the car, or closer to the rear end of the car? I can never remember... I kinda see what you're getting at though.
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Does the steering wheel return to center after completing a turn on its own pretty well? If not, I would suspect caster is too low, and would take it to get an alignment and have them give you a print out of the specs.
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