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post #1 of 8 Old 01-13-2014, 12:11 PM Thread Starter
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Aligned my ZJ today - looks okay?

Got my car back from alignment today. As expected, the toe-in was pretty off and the workshop adjusted it. My ZJ has a budget lift 2-3" (guess) - unfortunately it was installed by a previous owner and I don't know too much about it.

Got this data sheet from them, and as alignment isn't my strongest sid
…does it look okay - considering the lift?

The reason I've gotten in aligned in the first place is i suspected the toe-in was wrong as I've changed a lot of steering/suspension parts lately (as it was, and is adjusted) but I also feel the car "follows the road" too much - especially on winter/snowy/icey roads.

I suspect my steering gearbox is worn (on the will-change-it-soon list) and that may be the problem - but I worry about the lift (although a small one) having a negative impact on caster/camber etc- hence the question about the data sheet



Thanks in advance for any inputs guys!

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post #2 of 8 Old 01-13-2014, 06:04 PM
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No expert, but the camber is out of spec on the right front tire. Not sure if it's enough to worry about.
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Roger that. Anyone knows/have a link to what the specs should be for reference?
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post #4 of 8 Old 01-14-2014, 12:12 AM Thread Starter
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According to several threads, including this http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f13/a...stion-1570826/, castor should be 6.5-7.5. Should I have the workshop adjust it - or just leave it?
Tried the jeep on icey roads this morning, and the toe adjustment helped alot btw.
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post #5 of 8 Old 01-14-2014, 09:19 AM
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Caster is fine, even tho it is slightly out of spec. Due to the lift.

The camber being off could cause a pull to one side, maybe a little uneven tire wear. Looking at the numbers again I would say don't worry about it. It's less than a half degree off. Good to go IMO
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post #6 of 8 Old 01-15-2014, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks, thats good to know! Guess I'll leave it as is then and turn my attention to my really worn steering-gearbox and trackbar to try improve my wandering jeep a bit more:-)
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post #7 of 8 Old 01-27-2014, 02:30 AM
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I thought my bad steering was due to a worn gearbox too... considering after lifting it and trying various suspension parts didn't seem to help. I bought new tires and the guy at the shop was doing a shake test and there was tons of movement. He had no idea what it was. I took a look and saw the whole upper arm moving. Needless to say I replaced the upper arms with adjustable arms to get rid of play, AND fix my pinion angle that was binding my new driveshaft u-joints. Problem solved. Look into it before you replace the gear box and realize you wasted a bunch of money.

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post #8 of 8 Old 01-27-2014, 03:08 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the tip, I'll be sure to check that out!
Its btw a LOT better after alignment, and I do think the steering box is shot, the car got 221K miles on it and typically adjusting the adjustment screw pretty much solves it but just for a while...



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I thought my bad steering was due to a worn gearbox too... considering after lifting it and trying various suspension parts didn't seem to help. I bought new tires and the guy at the shop was doing a shake test and there was tons of movement. He had no idea what it was. I took a look and saw the whole upper arm moving. Needless to say I replaced the upper arms with adjustable arms to get rid of play, AND fix my pinion angle that was binding my new driveshaft u-joints. Problem solved. Look into it before you replace the gear box and realize you wasted a bunch of money.
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