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Old 03-18-2017, 01:23 PM   #1
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Trouble towing a CJ

Im towing a 76-ish cj5 behind a suburban with a basic towbar that is properly centered and roughly level.

Jeep is in 1st gear. Transfer case is in neutral (both as suggested elsewhere in this forum)

Tows perfect on the level highway but entering, departing, or maneuvering in a parking lot, SOMETIMES the wheel will turn in the opposite direction (away from where I'm going) and essentially drag the tire sideways until I get stopped and get out to manually turn the wheels into proper alignment.

Any ideas?


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Old 03-20-2017, 12:51 PM   #2
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You need more caster which helps the wheels return to center.

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Old 03-20-2017, 01:48 PM   #3
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I think RedRubicon is on the right track. Does your front axle have any shims between the axle housing and the springs? Is the Jeep lifted? How wide are the front tires?

As far as I know, caster isn't adjustable on leaf sprung Jeeps.

Redneck cure might be bungee cables holding the steering wheel centered. I don't recommend this though!

The short CJ5 wheelbase might have something to do with it, but I don't see how. Just thinkin'.

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Old 03-20-2017, 02:42 PM   #4
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Does it do it when you are backing up the towed Jeep. If so the reason that it does it is because the steering wheel is able to turn. That is a negative while towing a vehicle. If the steering wheel was blocked (So it couldn't turn while backing) you could back it towed vehicle easier. Some towing companies will tie the steering wheel straight because of this.
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