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post #1 of 17 Old 03-09-2019, 05:05 PM Thread Starter
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Front end / Steering Problem

Just bought a 95 YJ with VERY sloppy steering. Have replaced upper & lower ball joints, tie rods, steering gear and added a stabilizer. Still wanders. Have ordered upper and lower shackle bushings (but I'm not counting on that to fix it) just ran out of things to replace. I'm approaching the point of removing the lift kit to see if that helps. HELP: any ideas?

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post #2 of 17 Old 03-09-2019, 05:40 PM
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What you haven't said you checked yet was the toe-in.


Seeing as how this is your first post and you haven't filled out any Jeep info to help us help you, lets see if you come back before we fall all over ourselves troubleshooting your issue.

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More about your lift and shackles would be helpful. I had 5" springs and just about everything new as do you. But springs that high just flat out will not give you stock steering.

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Jack the front wheels off the ground and grab your tire or hub and look for slop in the unit bearings. The unit bearings are the assembly that supports the stub axle at the steering knuckle. Just one more check.
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Yep, had the front end aligned. Tech said it didn't take much adjustment. And it still wanders down the road. I'll check the unit bearings, good tip......thanks
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Feetwet: system won't let me add my jeep info, so........95 Wrangler YJ (I've had it a week - my first Jeep) 2.5 / 4 cyl, 5 speed manual, 33 in Off Road tires and a 4 in Lift Kit ( I think).
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post #8 of 17 Old 03-10-2019, 01:14 PM
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Steering shaft can have play in it. Drag link also. You could also have play in the rear. Loose U- bolts..... on and on.

The tech that aligned your vehicle could have just aligned it til it was green on the screen and called it good. A vehicle can be "green" or within specs but still not handle well. It may not have enough toe in to compensate for bigger tires. Not all people who do alignments understand them.

Wide tires can wander badly in pavement that has grooves from the weight of vehicles. They can depending on the tire brand also wander like crazy on road seams.

Your frame may have cracks or weak spots. Rusted through spots. Flex at the steering gear box area. etc.

So many possibilities. You need to slow down. Put it on a hoist or jacks and have a real trained eye look it over with you or do tons of research and pay close attention to instructions given to you.

If you cannot fix it with a hammer then it has to be an electrical problem.
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Glad you came back, and Welcome.
Nice looking Jeep, us 95ers need to look out for each other.



Good info above, particularly Unit bearings and toe-in.

Search "Chalk Test" on this forum for best tire pressure.



Follow this link to check/adjust toe in.
https://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/...gnment-994928/


You can check/adjust the toe-in in your driveway with basic hand tools using that method.


Please keep this thread updated with your progress so others may benefit.

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that jeep is unsalvageable.

sloppy steering, leak under it. I'll do you a favour and take it off your hands. Save you the trouble.

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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How long are your front shackles?

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How long are your front shackles?
Good point. Look like they are about 2" over stock in length.

Stop whining about the 'ride' - If your YJ ain't wrangling your soul free, then might I suggest you buy a stationwagon... at least you can fit all your bull**** in the back.
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that jeep is unsalvageable.

sloppy steering, leak under it. I'll do you a favour and take it off your hands. Save you the trouble.
yeah, we all know the only reason you want it is b/c of the tubies!

'05 LJR, 6sp, RC long arm w/MC 6" coils, 5.13 D44's w/chromo shafts, MetalCloak fenders/sliders/body armor, 37x12.50 MTR's, Warn 9.5, RockHard swing out w/full spare. <><
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My front shackles are 8 1/2 inches long. Don't know what stock shackles measure.
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Bruinjeeper: No leaks !!! Nice chrome tubes all around. Come get it, bring money.
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