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post #1 of 7 Old 03-15-2015, 03:55 PM Thread Starter
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cj5 steering wander

hey gang I have read all the sticky on this subject and at this time I cannot measure the caster angle but I do have a question. My jeep is 1976 cj5 with a 304 the suspension is stock except for a shackle reverse kit on the front end. I have a fiberglass body on it, do you think that the weight of the body is a lot lighter could this cause the caster angle to change? I also have 12x33 tires. thanks don

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post #2 of 7 Old 03-15-2015, 04:47 PM
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Is the steering wander new? Did it start after doing any work on the Jeep, or has it done it since you bought it?
My CJ5 had a bad wander when I bought it. Adjusting the steering box didn't help but adjusting the wheel bearings did.
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post #3 of 7 Old 03-16-2015, 02:25 PM Thread Starter
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It has had the wander since i got it.the only front end work i have done is the shackle reversal,the wander wasn't as bad with the stock tires but i a lot worse with the larger tires the last time i checked the front end components were all tight.
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post #4 of 7 Old 03-16-2015, 04:18 PM
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Chances are good that the reverse shackles reduced your caster angle, and the larger tires compounded the problem.

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I agree with Matt. The tub weight shouldn't really be a factor.

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If the shackle reversal put the shackle hanger eyes below the frame (rather than passing through the frame) it won't reduce caster......it will increase it.

What kind of tread is left on the bigger tires you put on?.....wider tires with low tread have more of a tendency to follow ruts I the road surface.

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post #7 of 7 Old 03-16-2015, 06:47 PM Thread Starter
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the tires have most of the original tread on them as I haven't driven the jeep to much.i would like to thank all of you for taking the time to answer my question when all this snow melts I will be able to get to the jeep and then measure the caster.
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