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Unread 05-02-2015, 10:07 AM   #1
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New Moog track bar, but steering wheel is off center.

I just put in a new Moog DS1235 track bar in my '99 TJ. My wobble issue is taken care of, but now my steering wheel is off center. The track bar seemed slightly longer than the stock one.

I test drove the Jeep for a few miles and it is driving fine and tracks straight when I take my hands off the wheel. The only issue is that the wheel is off center.

Is this normal/expected? And what should I do about it? Get an alignment? Am I going to screw up anything if I drive it?

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Unread 05-02-2015, 10:34 AM   #2
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I think they maybe longer.Im up 2.5 inches and centered with the Moog track bar.I read on this forum somewhere on this forum they were longer,like a 1/4 inch a few days ago.Just center your steering wheel,then you should be good.
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Unread 05-02-2015, 10:35 AM   #3
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Another Moog issue LOL

you can leave it but remeber on full lock your extending the clockspring further then before(direction it is already turned a bit)

You can also recenter your steering wheel by adjusting drag link, loosen both bolts on the sleeve clamp and a pipewrench work wonders.. this is just to recenter steering, this has no effect on actual alignment .. heres a pic..

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main....2_itemId=49527
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Unread 05-02-2015, 11:14 AM   #4
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You won't screw anything up by driving it, but I'd adjust it the way 98tjse mentioned. Don't waste your money on an alignment, it's nothing you can't do yourself.
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Unread 05-02-2015, 11:59 AM   #5
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Another Moog issue LOL

you can leave it but remeber on full lock your extending the clockspring further then before(direction it is already turned a bit)

You can also recenter your steering wheel by adjusting drag link, loosen both bolts on the sleeve clamp and a pipewrench work wonders.. this is just to recenter steering, this has no effect on actual alignment .. heres a pic..

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main....2_itemId=49527
Cool. So I loosen the two nuts in the picture, and then turn the turnbuckle as needed?

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Unread 05-02-2015, 01:12 PM   #6
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Cool. So I loosen the two nuts in the picture, and then turn the turnbuckle as needed?

Thanks!
You got it.
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Unread 05-02-2015, 02:56 PM   #7
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Got 'er done. Thanks guys!
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Unread 05-02-2015, 03:19 PM   #8
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Quick question that's relevant. I centered the wheel after a new track bar, but when the wheel is centered the pitman arm is definitely NOT straight, actually quite far to one side. I have driven it couple hundred miles and wheeled once with no issues. This wouldn't cause any problems with the steering box would it?
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Unread 05-02-2015, 06:32 PM   #9
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Quick question that's relevant. I centered the wheel after a new track bar, but when the wheel is centered the pitman arm is definitely NOT straight, actually quite far to one side. I have driven it couple hundred miles and wheeled once with no issues. This wouldn't cause any problems with the steering box would it?
The pitman arm is not mounted straight out on a TJ. If you have the same number of turns of the wheel to go full left as full right, you got it right.
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Another Moog issue LOL

you can leave it but remeber on full lock your extending the clockspring further then before(direction it is already turned a bit)

You can also recenter your steering wheel by adjusting drag link, loosen both bolts on the sleeve clamp and a pipewrench work wonders.. this is just to recenter steering, this has no effect on actual alignment .. heres a pic..

http://project-jk.com/gallery2/main....2_itemId=49527
Don't use a pipe wrench anywhere on your steering linkage. It can create stress risers. Lube the turnbuckle with antisieze before assembly, and it will never need anything more than a turn of the wrist to adjust once you have loosened the bolts.
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For some OEM parts that never had antisease applied to the to the threads, using a pipe wrench is inevitable...
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On the drag link or tie rod adjusters? No way. There is a hook shaped tool made specifically for adjusting them, or spray a little lube in there and use a flat head screwdriver or similar in the open gap to work it loose.
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On the drag link or tie rod adjusters? No way. There is a hook shaped tool made specifically for adjusting them, or spray a little lube in there and use a flat head screwdriver or similar in the open gap to work it loose.
ive used pipe wrenches for 20 years never once did I have an issue just gotta be smart, and use common sence like using a hi lift LOL ..
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Unread 05-02-2015, 08:07 PM   #14
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I carry one in my tool bag too,but it's a last resort type of thing...lol.
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Unread 05-03-2015, 07:15 AM   #15
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FWIW… I soaked mine in PB blaster and it turned easy by hand.
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