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Unread 10-12-2013, 09:04 AM   #331
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1975 CJ5 
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tks for the info. it pays to sirf the older pgs of cj5 form. just got my 75 cj5 . the ol girl has the wandering issue. has a lift kit, 10-1/2 x 32" have not measured the lift yet. will use the angle finder to see where its @. tks for your knowledge it helps us all. ps the springs are under the axle.

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Unread 02-25-2014, 11:15 AM   #332
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I read through most of the pages and I don't believe I saw this mentioned anywhere? I have the "wondering steering" issue. When driving I can pretty much keep a straight line but after taking a turn the wheels don't really center themselves. I have an 86 CJ7 with a 4'' lift with and 33.5 BF Goodrich all-terrain tires. It also has factory power steering that I installed (used) since my jeep originally came without power steering. Everything appears in order with steering components. Nothing broken or loose. There is a little play in factory steering shaft at the upper joint but this is expected after 25+ years and will be corrected with new steering shaft. My questions is should I consider shimming an already offset front leaf? I called lift kit manufacture (Tuff Country EZ-Ride 4") about possible caster angle issues and I was told that the front end leafs were manufactured "offset" for proper caster angle. Do these offset leafs not always correct caster angle 100% and still require a 2 degree shim at least? Thanks guys. BTW, I live in Puerto Rico where getting a proper diagnostic is sometimes difficult and is why I have not gone to a tire shop for caster angle information. I'm pretty handy with tools but not 100% comfortable with this angle tool as I've seen it used several different ways in this thread and don't want to get a bad reading. Thanks again.

Update: I put an angle meter on the top bolt of the upper ball joint and got a reading of 5 degrees of positive caster. From what I've read, it should be about 4 degrees with a 4" lift? So I'm good?

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Unread Yesterday, 09:36 AM   #333
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Thanks for the great info. I have a 2001 Jeep Wrangler with a 4" lift. how do i go about fixing the issue on my jeep?
All the best,

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Unread Yesterday, 09:54 PM   #334
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