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Unread 12-06-2010, 01:45 PM   #1
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1980 cj 5 steering issues

I have a 1980 cj5 laredo. so far i have added 2.5" wheel spacers to the front, borgeson steering shaft w/vibration reducer, rugged ridge HD tie rod assembly, new pitman arm, skyjacker single steering stabilizer, 3.5" body lift.

the steering gearbox has been pulled and examined by two mechanics.

it is manual steering.

after all this it still seems to want to walk all over the road. more so at 30-50mph than any other speed, but it is present at any speed.

HELP!

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Unread 12-09-2010, 08:50 AM   #2
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I had a 79 CJ5 and delt with similar problems. Due to the short wheel base, handling issues are magnified on the CJ5. Mine sat on 6" of lift, with a mini-spooled Ford 9" rear and 35" Mt tires. Driving on the interstate was an adventure. I had to pull over to put a dip of snuff in, as you did not want to take either hand off of the steering wheel.

Here are some things to consider checking out. Some you may have already checked/considered.

1. Well my first thought would be to have the frontend aligned and check the castor angle. I beleive the CJ5 should be at 5 degrees positive. (this may not be the issue as usually a tall shackle/suspension lift is what changes your castor angle).

2. Check your front wheel bearings for ware/play. This can cause similar handling issues.

3. Replace your steering box and/or upgrade to power steering.

4. rebalance your tires, or put stock size tires on and see if the wandering is still there.

5. Check your steering box bracket. They do crack and can cause issues.

6. add or readjust/tighen your steering stabilizer.

Thats all I got, hope it helps.

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Unread 12-09-2010, 01:18 PM   #3
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I had a 79 CJ5 and delt with similar problems. Due to the short wheel base, handling issues are magnified on the CJ5. Mine sat on 6" of lift, with a mini-spooled Ford 9" rear and 35" Mt tires. Driving on the interstate was an adventure. I had to pull over to put a dip of snuff in, as you did not want to take either hand off of the steering wheel.

Here are some things to consider checking out. Some you may have already checked/considered.

1. Well my first thought would be to have the frontend aligned and check the castor angle. I beleive the CJ5 should be at 5 degrees positive. (this may not be the issue as usually a tall shackle/suspension lift is what changes your castor angle).

2. Check your front wheel bearings for ware/play. This can cause similar handling issues.

3. Replace your steering box and/or upgrade to power steering.

4. rebalance your tires, or put stock size tires on and see if the wandering is still there.

5. Check your steering box bracket. They do crack and can cause issues.

6. add or readjust/tighen your steering stabilizer.

Thats all I got, hope it helps.

CH_R
Fiirst i goota say big props on the handle and quote!

I've done some of the things you've suggested so I'll go through the rest.. an alignment helpped a little but was not a cure by any means
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