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post #1 of 5 Old 06-05-2013, 12:09 PM Thread Starter
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complete jeep noob really needs some advice

I recently acquired a very stock 1974 CJ5 which was not driven very much over the last 20 yrs. Although I've driven many types of vehicles over the years I feel like a terrible driver in this thing. I saw some posters refer to the death wobbles on another topic and feel like this is my problem. Driving it on the road at speeds over 40-45 i have a hard time keeping it in the lane. On the Hwy at 60 -65 was pretty darn scary at times. Is this common for this type of jeep? Is there a way or part that i can install that will make this easier to drive on the road? Thanks in advance for the input!

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-05-2013, 12:22 PM
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You really need to go over all the bushings and normal wear points ball joints tie rod ends etc. I'm not so sure you got the death wobbles that feels like you're in a paint shaker.

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post #3 of 5 Old 06-05-2013, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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no it doesnt feel at all like a paint shaker but its just very hard to keep it steady in the lane especially at speed. maybe the camber needs to be adjusted?
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-05-2013, 12:40 PM
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Fill out your profile so we can see what you have on your jeep. Lifts and longer than stock shackles can mess up your caster which will make your jeep wonder everywhere...


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post #5 of 5 Old 06-05-2013, 12:57 PM
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Before they "release the hounds" on you for not doing enough searching, read the following PDF that I borrowed from gojeepin. Unfortunately, this is a topic that affects us all at some point and it raises it's ugly head on the forum about once a week. I hope this helps. It sure helped me.

Wandering? Read: Steering, suspension, and driveline basics. An article on how it works and where to look for problems.

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