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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:19 PM   #1
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Wj Sporadic steering wheel position

Just noticed this yesterday. What would cause a steering wheel to be misaligned with the wheels? I also had gotten death wobble the other day for the first time (twice in a day). After driving home from work I noticed the steering wheel was misaligned.

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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:23 PM   #2
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Do you have the basic RC 4" lift? Are you running the track bar drop bracket? If so, I bet it's loose causing your axle to shift when you hit bumps. It would also cause death wobble. Replace the bracket and stock track bar with a JKS track bar. Also ditch the drop pitman arm if you're running it.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:25 PM   #3
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Yep looks like I have the stock track bar and a drop bracket. I guess I should try tightening it up, perhaps loctite, until spring when I start upgrading.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:27 PM   #4
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Yep looks like I have the stock track bar and a drop bracket. I guess I should try tightening it up, perhaps loctite, until spring when I start upgrading.
That should help, but odds are it will keep coming loose. I ditched the drop pitman arm and replaced the track bar drop bracket and stock track bar with a JKS track bar, and it's night and day difference. If you go the JKS route, PM Kolak, he has great prices on them.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:28 PM   #5
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Sweet! Sounds good. I just noticed you have the same lift as I do. I am considering doing 265/70's with my stock 17" Avila's. What do you think?
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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:31 PM   #6
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Sweet! Sounds good. I just noticed you have the same lift as I do. I am considering doing 265/70's with my stock 17" Avila's. What do you think?
Check out my build thread. (Link in my sig.) I ran the same combo when I first got my Jeep. I'd recommend at least wheel spacers if you want to run those wheels with 265/70's.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:39 PM   #7
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I am in the process of reading your build now, pure sexiness. Awesome fab work too.

I've heard bad things about wheel spacers, how they're unsafe, especially while wheelin', so I don't really want to run them. My next choice was to go with new wheels (16x8 with 5" backspacing). Just because it will bring the tire out a little farther, the tire is about $100 cheaper than a 17" and I have a white WJ, so in my opinion, a flat black wheel looks great with the white body.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:46 PM   #8
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As long as you get a quality spacer, and keep it torqued properly, they are fine. I've run a couple of different sets on a couple of different Jeeps for probably 30k+ miles without any problems. New wheels are the ideal way to go though. I only run spacers because I got a great deal on the JK moabs I run.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 04:51 PM   #9
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What do you recommend for a wheel spacer? I've never had to use them... I'd really like to rock the stocker wheels!
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Unread 01-04-2011, 05:02 PM   #10
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Spidertrax are probably the best, but I've had good lock with my Rough Country spacers.
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Unread 01-04-2011, 05:14 PM   #11
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Cool, thanks for the info man!
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Unread 01-04-2011, 05:29 PM   #12
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Just took a peek at my trackbar and also noticed the P.O. welded the drop bracket to the stock one.
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