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Unread 10-08-2007, 06:10 AM   #1
hrjaw
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Wandering Jeep Wrangler

Let me start at the beginning. I have a 1997 TJ with a 4.0 and an auto with Approx. 155,000 miles. The Wrangler is mostly stock. New ball joints last year, all new tires at the beginning of this year, going from 30x9.5x15 to 31x10x15 b.f.g. all-terrain. Same tires I have been running since 30,000 miles. About 6-7 months ago, I noticed that the jeep starts to “wander”. If you are driving down the road, it seems that I have to constantly always correct the steering. If you hit a bump in the road, then you really have to be careful because you will have to correct the steering as well. I had the trac bar replaced a month ago and had the tires re-mounted and balanced and rotated as well. At the same time I had new sway bar bushings installed front and rear, along with JKS quick disconnect sway bar disco’s. I had the mechanic go through the front end and he says everything is tight with no play. Still having this damn wandering problem and really don’t know where to go from here. I am in the process of installing the Old Man Emu 2.5 lift kit, but before I do that, I want to take care of this issue. At the moment I have the Edelbrock IAS shocks on there.

Some of the things I am contemplating are:
Rear trac bar
Control arms
Maybe something wrong with the tires?

After this I am stumped. I know you can do an adjustment on the steering box, but I am not convinced that it is the box.

Anyways, sorry for the long post. Hopefully someone has some ideas.
Roger

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Unread 10-08-2007, 06:30 AM   #2
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I would make 100% sure that your tires are balanced perfectly! A 0 to 0 balance is what you need to have them balanced to. Almost is not good enough. I would start with the tires and then go to alignment if that doesn't fix your problem. You need to take it to a shop where they are competent enough or will just take the time to do this correctly. Sometimes $10 in the tech's pocket is enough incentive to get the job done right. Your front toe in should be adjusted to in-between 1/8th to 1/16th of an inch. Good luck!
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Unread 10-08-2007, 06:33 AM   #3
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The guy i take the Jeep to is very very good at what he does, which is mostly modified 4x4's. I will ask him to do the mount and balance again, as he would not have an issue with it. I have not done an alignment on it since i had the tires installed earlier in the year. Maybe I should look into getting another one done?
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Unread 10-08-2007, 07:31 AM   #4
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The guy i take the Jeep to is very very good at what he does, which is mostly modified 4x4's. I will ask him to do the mount and balance again, as he would not have an issue with it. I have not done an alignment on it since i had the tires installed earlier in the year. Maybe I should look into getting another one done?
Yes, get the tires balanced perfectly, 0 to 0 and check the front toe-in. You can check the front toe-in by going to 4x4xplor.com and reading the write up. Then as a follow up you can have your mechanic double check it.
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Unread 10-08-2007, 07:36 AM   #5
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will do. thanks for the advice.
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