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post #1 of 11 Old 12-16-2020, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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YJ Steering issues

I have a '92 YJ with 234k miles, which I bought this year. I have replaced the upper and lower ball joints, the tie rod ends, and had the front end professionally aligned. However, the steering still "wanders" (I did not replace the pittman arm. and haven't touched the steering box). Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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post #2 of 11 Old 12-16-2020, 10:37 AM
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Do you have lift shackles up front? Stock length are 4" bolt to bolt.

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what he said, what shackles. incorrect caster angle can cause wandering as well as wrong toe.

FYI. having a YJ professionally aligned really means nothing. The only thing adjustable is toe in which can be done at home in 15 minutes. No place other than a dedicated offroad shop is going to do anything with shiming for caster and camber can only be set with adjustable ball joints, but there is never any good reason to use those.
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How does the steering feel? I mean is it responsive, is there a lag, any significant play etc.

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Steering is not responsive ... when turning steering wheel, there is about a 5 degree difference between turning the wheel, and the response from the tires. Play is also about 5-10 degree
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I don’ t have any lift “wedges”, if that’s the same thing as shackles.
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Lift blocks are only applicable in a "spring over" setup, YJs came out of the factory with the springs under the axle.

The shackles are what connect the leaf spring eye to the frame in the front and rear of the vehicle. Installing longer shackles is a quick way to get a small amount of lift but up front they can affect your caster angle, making your steering wander and defeating the self centering of the steering wheel.


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Steering is not responsive ... when turning steering wheel, there is about a 5 degree difference between turning the wheel, and the response from the tires. Play is also about 5-10 degree
How is the steering column bearing and its ujoints?

[size=“3”]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
Cranking IS turning over
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https://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/R2008.html

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before you do anything post some pictures of what you have. meantime have a friend rock the steering wheel while you look over everything looking for play. engine off

don't start throwing parts and labor at it until you know what's wrong

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I'd do like mentioned above and have someone turn the wheel while looking at what's happening. Are the tie rod ends rolling before things move? If so the link above may work. If nothing is moving but the column, then the box,,,, it's likely the box.

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