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Unread 07-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #1
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Steering wanders bad after hit into tree stump

Hey guys this is a follow up to a previous thread I posted about some steering issues after my jeep rolled off my driveway and slammed into a tree stump.

The steering wanders on the road very bad and especially when crossing over the 12 o'clock position. My passenger side lower control arm bracket is bent over to the side and pressed up against the axle tube but the welds still hold. I can replace it easily as I'm a welder but could there be a bigger issue that I don't know about like a tweaked tube or bent knuckle? I can get used axles all day for 50 bucks from my local yard but would like to avoid the work if I can. This is my 4th Dana 30 under there so I'm getting quite tired of changing them out....
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Unread 07-02-2013, 03:57 PM   #2
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the bent pieces certainly cant be helping the situation.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 02:05 AM   #3
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Dana 60 ?
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Unread 07-03-2013, 07:00 AM   #4
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Check your toe-in. 0 toe in will cause a ridiculous wander when going straight. Anybody that's ever driven a golf cart on a high end golf course can attest to this. They set them at zero toe because it doesn't tear the grass up as much when turning.
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Unread 07-03-2013, 11:33 AM   #5
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Check your toe-in. 0 toe in will cause a ridiculous wander when going straight. Anybody that's ever driven a golf cart on a high end golf course can attest to this. They set them at zero toe because it doesn't tear the grass up as much when turning.
Yeah I had it set 1/16" toe in before it happened and I have an iro tie rod with heim joints so I didn't think that would mess my alighnment up but I also haven't checked so Ill do that in a second. If the alighnment is okay what other possibilities are there?
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Unread 07-03-2013, 11:35 AM   #6
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Yeah I had it set 1/16" toe in before it happened and I have an iro tie rod with heim joints so I didn't think that would mess my alighnment up but I also haven't checked so Ill do that in a second. If the alighnment is okay what other possibilities are there?
anything bent needs to be fixed or replaced.
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