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Old 11-22-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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flat towing anti-steer

So maybe someone can help with this...

It looks like I'm gonna be flat towing my DJ for this move, and the last time it got flat towed I had some steering issues... every single corner the DJ wants to turn opposite the towing vehicle. It tracks and steers great under it's own power, but I got a 800 mile move, mom's taxi, and that she'll be hauling all the kids in, and I'm on the hook to get both my jeep there myself...

Before you say alignment, I took it to a shop and got charged $20 for what amounted to 3 guys giving me stupid looks, because the computerific machine didn't believe vehicles existed 40 years ago, and the "mechanics" couldn't identify any problems (not real confident in their 'it's good' eyeball job...), but it seems like I almost gotta have one...

Tow rig is bumper mounted triangle. Axle is a "dummy" AMC (I'm not totally certain on it, but I'm told it's a corporate 20 minus the drivetrain...) . Stock steering damper , and removing it didn't fix the problem. No clue what steering box it has, and haven't tried disconnecting it yet (that's the next step unless someone has a better idea)

Is there a "shade tree" way to look for alignment issues maybe?

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Old 11-22-2010, 08:34 PM   #2
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after reading half a books worth of forums, it appears that the most common advice is to tie up the steering wheel...

and camber changes caused by the front shackle lift seem the most likely cause in my case...

so... I reckon I'm renting a trailer
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