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post #1 of 37 Old 05-24-2013, 02:46 PM Thread Starter
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Steering issues

I had a 3" suspension lift installed yesterday and since then my ESP/BAS light has been on. I went and had it aligned and the steering wheel itself is now centered however I still have the light. I noticed that I can only get about a half turn to the right now, would this be causing the light to stay on? I was told a new dropped pitman arm might fix this and was wondering if anyone knows exactly what I will need. Any help will be greatly appreciated

Edit: Also I can't be sure if it was like that prior to the alignment because I didn't have to make any sharp right turns on my way home after we got the lift on

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post #2 of 37 Old 05-24-2013, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Another note, I have adjustable front and rear track bars. Is it possible the axle is not centered correctly? And if so how do I know when it is centered.
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You'll need to elaborate on the brand of lift and parts included. Also are you saying that you can only get a half of a turn out of the steering wheel? Have larger tires been added as well?
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Whoops, sorry about the lack of information. The lift is a 3.25" basic lift from Rusty's off-road. I also have 35" tires installed as well. As for the steering, yes the steering wheel only turns about a half turn to the right and stops and nothing such as the frame or other suspension components are in the way.
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post #5 of 37 Old 05-24-2013, 03:13 PM
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Your first problem is it's a Rusty's lift.
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Whoops, sorry about the lack of information. The lift is a 3.25" basic lift from Rusty's off-road. I also have 35" tires installed as well. As for the steering, yes the steering wheel only turns about a half turn to the right and stops and nothing such as the frame or other suspension components are in the way.
Sounds like Your steering stabilizer clamp on the tierod has moved or was not installed correctly. The shock is topping out when you turn right which limits your steering distance.

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if you have a stock located track bar. DO NOT drop the pit arm. this will creat bump steering and make things worse. Matter of fact foget you ever heard of a drop pit arm. Like a Bl it is not for a JK no matter what you hear or read. If you have raised the axle mount to track bar you have created bump stear. to fix this go with a drag link flip or lower the frame side track bar mount. I like the flip kit best. nothing i have said is your issue.

Did you check the sensor wire to wheel? after the lift did you check to be sure it des not get ripped off? Check left to right is easy stuff have someone stear it and you watch. to see what is binding. did you putthose 35'on stock rims, have spacers? what is the back space?

to center you axle use a level from the fender if the wheels stick out to far place a chunk of wood that adds to the distance so you can measure the space. do the other side. compare adjust recheck...

You need to fill out the jeep info so no one has to play this 60 question play on words. Every time you ask a question. Saves you time. Saves everyone time.

PS the people that did the lift I would not go back too. They have no clue and should have checked all this out before they let you drive off.

http://www.parker4wheelers.net
www.bullhead4wheelersinc.com
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Thanks Tanimal for the help. And as for the steering stabilizer its the factory one and as far as I know it hasn't been loosened or moved. I wouldn't think they would have to for the alignment anyway
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I had the lift installed at my bosses shop on his lift. He has worked on Jeeps before and use to have a nice rig. However I don't think he has worked on the newer JKs as he had a CJ. The 35s on are 17x9 KMC enduros with 4.5" backspace. The new adjustable track bars are mounted to the factory locations.
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I had the lift installed at my bosses shop on his lift. He has worked on Jeeps before and use to have a nice rig. However I don't think he has worked on the newer JKs as he had a CJ. The 35s on are 17x9 KMC enduros with 4.5" backspace. The new adjustable track bars are mounted to the factory locations.
The bracket on the tierod is moveable and may have slide. It is very easy to check. Turn the wheel to right until it stops then check if the stabilizer is fully compressed.

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I checked earlier to see if the stabilizer is fully compressed and it is not. It seems as if the steering box is at full lock after a quarter turn to the right as it makes that humming sound when held at full lock
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Did you check your steering shaft?
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Did you check your steering shaft?
All I know is that they loosened those 2 bolts on the steering shaft so they could get the steering wheel itself centered, since the was upside down after the lift was put on. Its acting like its as far right as the steering box itself can go.
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All I know is that they loosened those 2 bolts on the steering shaft so they could get the steering wheel itself centered, since the was upside down after the lift was put on. Its acting like its as far right as the steering box itself can go.
.....Wow whoever installed your lift fails at life
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post #15 of 37 Old 05-24-2013, 05:21 PM
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This is how you properly center your steering wheel (adjusting your drag link):

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http://wayalife.com/showthread.php?3...-End-Alignment
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