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Old 02-26-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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So I bought myself a 1998 jeep wrangler. All is good, so I thought. Here's the dilemma. Replace the tires and shocks. Checked suspension and all is well. Thing is it still veers and wanders around the road. What's left to do and will an alignment stop it from wandering? Sorry I'm still a total noob when it comes to jeep, but I can work on things easily as I have most tools a garage has, minus the big machines . Thanks and please post links to sites for knowledge, learning, useful books, etc. Also it has 31x10.50 tires with a 2 inch suspension lift via coil boosters/spacers, 2.5l automatic if that helps

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Old 02-27-2013, 09:28 AM   #2
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Start with the easiest solutions and work your way up...tire pressure is the first thing I'd check; tire shops are notorious for over-inflating aftermarket tires.

Next would be alignment...caster especially. Then I'd start checking suspension, wheel bearings, etc.

Don't know if you've had a Jeep before, but they have a tendency to wander, even when stock. Modding them doesn't help. Mine drives fine, normally, but on a windy day it tacks like a sailboat on choppy seas...

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I would first start with the tire pressure like kbwwolf said and go from there because it only takes about a 1-2psi differnce in 1 tire to make it wonder. Then I would go to a alignment next if the tire pressure is not the issue.
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Checked suspension and all is well. Thing is it still veers and wanders around the road. What's left to do and will an alignment stop it from wandering?
I am guessing with your budget boost that you still have original non-adjustable control arms and track bars. It's 15 years old....

Have you checked the condition of all your control arm and track bar bushings?
You will want to verify that there is no movement. Check with your suspension unloaded.

TJ alignment basically involves just the toe setting. If it is off, it will wander. Lots of threads and tips on here how to do it yourself without dropping a lot of $$$ at the alignment shop.
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:07 PM   #5
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I am guessing with your budget boost that you still have original non-adjustable control arms and track bars. It's 15 years old....

Have you checked the condition of all your control arm and track bar bushings?
You will want to verify that there is no movement. Check with your suspension unloaded.

TJ alignment basically involves just the toe setting. If it is off, it will wander. Lots of threads and tips on here how to do it yourself without dropping a lot of $$$ at the alignment shop.
Yes original stuff, except from what I have seen around, most "factory"stuff doesnt have grease fittings. Mine does, however, I would like to be able to swap out the tie rod (long) with one that you can just replace the end instead of the whole bar? I dont know what to look for for that. To me it seems a waste, to have such a long tie rod when it should be a short one with replaceable ends
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:23 PM   #6
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Also I have these doors:

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The fabric is leaking and cracked. Where do I find the replacement fabric as the windows are just fine? Thanks

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