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post #1 of 5 Old 06-12-2005, 04:02 PM Thread Starter
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Steering issue

I'm slowly sorting through my Jeep's problems and now I'm moving to steering. Currently the steering's pretty bad. Wanders all over the place. I just replaced my lower column bearing this morning. Right now, I know that the Steering Box needs to be replaced and my shackles are too big, that'll come later. But besides that, I've been reading a lot about shims and 6 degrees of castor. Being the new guy that I am, I'm not really understanding exactly how that works or where to put them. From what I've read, they can really help, I'd like to give that a shot but I'm kinda lost. Does anyone have any pics? Or a link to a good thread? Thanks everyone.

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post #2 of 5 Old 06-12-2005, 04:08 PM
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They go between the spring and the axel to rotate the axel back to its original position. To long of a shackle is a bad thing also, it will affect the drivability of you Jeep. As for pics, sorry dude, don't have any.

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Yeah, I know too long of a shackle is a problem and mine are. I'm eventually just going to go with a whole new lift kit, that's later though.
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post #4 of 5 Old 06-12-2005, 05:39 PM
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It's those monster shackles dude.. They're killing your caster angle. Shims might help a little but best bet would be to toss those shackles or maybe we can shorten them a couple inches on the bandsaw. If you still wanna try some shims (basically wedges that look like thin doorstops), make sure you use steel ones and not aluminum.. the aluminum ones will bend and eventually crack. I had some in the rear of my Blue CJ before I swapped axles. They were only back there for like 2 months. When I removed them, they were bent slightly to the arch of the spring and already starting to crack at the pin hole.. next, they would've spit out from between the spring and the mount.. definately something you don't want with the front axle

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post #5 of 5 Old 06-12-2005, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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Yeah, I know. I just didnt want to dive into that yet. If I shorten the shackles I lower the Jeep. If I lower the Jeep, I should buy a whole new lift kit. If I buy a new lift kit I might as well get bigger wheels. If I get bigger wheels......

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