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Unread 06-23-2013, 07:04 PM   #1
dls1955
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81 CJ Steers Too Easy

My 81CJ5 steers too easy. Has no feel while going down the road. I have to hang on tight. Has new tires and wheels shocks and steering stabilizer. The stabilizer helped but it's still hard to control. Steering looks stock. Anyone else experience this? Thanks.

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Unread 06-23-2013, 07:19 PM   #2
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How much are you lifted, and how? Body lift, spring lift, shackle lift, etc. When was the last time you had work done on the ball joints?

There's quite a bit that goes into steering, but those are some questions to help us point you in the right direction.
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Unread 06-23-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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You need to fix the wheel alignment, specifically the caster angles.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 07:20 PM   #4
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Lifted with shackles 1". I had someone move steering wheel while i watched all the joints and they look tight. Jacked up front of jeep and checked ball joints with pry bar and they seem tight. One strange thing is the steering wheel spokes. It's a 3 spoke wheel and the middle spoke points to the left. I know that's wrong. I'll get it aligned first then go from there.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:11 PM   #5
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You need to install some caster plates. That means new U Bolts as they fit between the springs and the diff.
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Unread 06-24-2013, 10:20 PM   #6
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Get rid of the longer shackles.
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Unread 06-25-2013, 02:51 AM   #7
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I have shackles with two different mounting holes 1" apart. I can tell the difference when I change them. Goes from stable to "Is the steering wheel still connected?"
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