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post #1 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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lifted jeep consistently pulls right, caster?

Hey guys, my tj has a 3" zone lift with stock control arms. it pulls right consistently, sometimes worse than others. I have had two alignments in six months. I started doing some more research, but couldnt find anyone with similar symptoms. It pulls whether im going 20 mph or 70. I am hoping that the caster is off (so i can justifly buying rokmen arms) but i don't think it could be off enough with only a 3" lift to cause this much pulling. One other note is that I still have the stock track bar. although the mount has been redrilled, the right side tire sticks out slightly more than the left.
I dont know how to measure caster myselft as i have not been able to find any clear instructions on how to do so.
Any advice is welcome

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post #2 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 09:27 AM
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any brake issues? notice any leaking fluid?
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post #3 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 09:45 AM Thread Starter
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no brake issues, all four have been replaced recently, and it brakes in a straight line. I havent noticed any leaking fluid
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post #4 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 09:54 AM
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if you have had 2 alignments you should already know what your caster is.
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post #5 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 09:55 AM
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Worn control arm bushings can cause axle shift which would pull. My old Rubicon Express arms had this issue as did most of them. Not always noticeable until the arm is taken out and the bushings inspected.
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i dont know what the caster is because when the alignments were done i had no idea what i was doing, and they didnt tell me or give me a record of what it was.
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and ill have to check those bushings
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post #8 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 10:56 AM
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Caster isn't the problem.None of my 8 Jeeps did that and the caster isn't adjustable on stock CAs.All of mine had stock CAs.The toe is the only thing adjustable up front and takes 10 minutes to do it yourelf.

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html

Alignment 101 here (caster,camber,toe).

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post #9 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 12:06 PM Thread Starter
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checked the toe in and it should be fine
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post #10 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 12:19 PM
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I dealt with mysterious alignment issues with a few jeeps before, had gone thru two allignments before I found out that the lower control arm on one side was aftermarket and was 1/16 in longer causing the pull.. check that out maybe.
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post #11 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 12:30 PM
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checked the toe in and it should be fine
what did you find? of course it should be fine, but something is wrong
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post #12 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 12:35 PM
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Do you have a dropped pitman arm? If you do... That's your problem. Replace with a stock pitman arm and I bet your pull goes away.
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Do you have a dropped pitman arm? If you do... That's your problem. Replace with a stock pitman arm and I bet your pull goes away.
Bumpsteer and pulling are two different things with different causes.

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i dont have a dropped pitman arm and the toe in was 1/16 of an inch. My front axle is not centered, although i redrilled the mount for the track bar. My right tire sticks out a quarter inch more than the left tire. Could an adjustable track bar solve the pull, or do my problems sound more like something a pair of rokmen ajustable lowers could fix.
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post #15 of 40 Old 05-24-2013, 01:52 PM
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Bumpsteer and pulling are two different things with different causes.
I am aware. I wasn't saying that he would fix any bumpsteer, I was saying that he would fix his pull. That was exactly my issue when I had a sharp pull to the left. I had it at all speeds just like he does and it was consistent. I installed a stock pitman and it cured it immediately. Too bad he has his stock pitman... That would be the easiest fix to identify I would think.
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