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Unread 12-09-2007, 06:01 PM   #1
the_cable_guy
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TJ Steering Problem

Just installed lift and steering has not been the same. Just driving around town feels fine but when on the highway its kinda scary to drive. Steering feels very sensitive, and when when you hit a bump it feels like its pulling the jeep left or right. Its going in for an allignment later this week should this fix my problem. Also after I put the lift on I took it to a garage and had them check all bolts fo tightness.
Here is a pick of the steering, do all the angles look fine.


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Unread 12-09-2007, 06:19 PM   #2
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Can't really tell from the picture as to steering angle relationships. The trackbar mounts should be parallel to the draglink mounts. If they are not, bumpsteer will likely result. Did you install a drop pitman arm with your lift? If so, and did not also drop the trackbar and equal amount, bumpsteer may result. The alignment on the TJ is rather simple, since it's only toe and then setting the steering wheel straight. You can easily do the alignment yourself:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/steering/align/align-1.htm

http://www.4x4xplor.com/alignment.html
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Unread 12-09-2007, 06:25 PM   #3
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Drop pitman arm can give you bump steer which will give you the but also the allignment can cause the problem.
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Unread 12-09-2007, 06:53 PM   #4
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I have read that you should not put a drop pitman arm on a TJ, that it will cause bump steer. Did you install new tires with the lift. When I lifted mine the alignment was the problem I had anlong with the steering stabilizer was loose. With the 33's I have some issues when the are not balanced.
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Unread 12-09-2007, 09:58 PM   #5
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Sounds like you have too little caster now. Did you change your front pinion angle any? if so your caster is off now. Take it to an alignment shop and see if your in spec.
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