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Old 10-08-2007, 04:05 PM   #1
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2000 wrangler all over the road

Just curious if anyone can help I just bought a used 2000 wrangler sport, it has a 4'' skyjacker lift steering stabilizer and 33'' bf goodrich mudterrains. When I test drove it I was only able to get it up to speeds in the city and was not aware of how bad it drives down the highway. It isn't so much loose steering but more like when it starts to go a little left and I correct to the right there is no happy medium, I'm either going left or right no option of just going straight. This only happens above 45mph. I had a 96 wrangler with steering that just seemed a little loose but not uncontrollable, this problem led me to make a 2 hour highway trip and turn it into a 3.5 hour back road trip. So any opinions would be appreciated.

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1st thing I would do is get it aligned and make sure everything is tight and not worn out.

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Old 10-08-2007, 04:13 PM   #3
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do you think there is any merit in the thought i could have a problem in the steering box
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Old 10-08-2007, 04:14 PM   #4
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no - mine is like that - larger/wider tires will start to feel like that, also check the air pressure, it should be ~27-28psi.
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x2 on the alignment
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maybe his track bar is on causing him to want to correct it all the time due to the wobbling?
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Old 10-08-2007, 05:36 PM   #7
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should i have to get it alligned more often with the lift and the 33'' tires
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:29 PM   #8
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Sounds like a caster angle problem. If the knuckle is tilted too far forward or backward it will cause that problem.

Does it have aftermarket control arms? Upper? lower? At 4" you really should have lowers, uppers would be a plus.
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Old 10-08-2007, 06:41 PM   #9
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Hmm i thought skyjacker did come w/ control arms.. Look at the lower (control arms) links right behind the front tire and in front of the rear tire.. there should be a long bracket. Is it square sheet metal or is it round pipe?
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Old 10-09-2007, 03:34 PM   #10
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had the jeep looked at today and there thinking it's a rear track bar
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Is it square sheet metal or is it round pipe?
I hope its not sheet metal! That would be scary.

Should be round tubing. Skyjacker never made square tubing control arms.
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Old 10-09-2007, 06:28 PM   #12
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Play with your tire pressure also, I found 15 psi works best on my YJ while only 10 psi in my old cj5.
Check to make sure everything is tight a loose component will make it drive crazy.
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Old 10-09-2007, 10:53 PM   #13
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I hope its not sheet metal! That would be scary.

Should be round tubing. Skyjacker never made square tubing control arms.
The stock control arms are square shaped sheet metal..

I'm trying to find out if he has after market control arms or if he is still using the stockers.
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The stock control arms are square shaped sheet metal..
Actually they are "C" shaped.
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Actually they are "C" shaped.
I'm sorry, they look nuthing like a C shape. They are more like an upside down U shape

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They call it C-channel for a reason.
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Old 10-09-2007, 11:27 PM   #17
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They call it C-channel for a reason.
hahhaha maybe we should make a new post asking for people to vote if its U shaped or C shaped.

I'll make one in the general discussion section.
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back to the topic.

How is the rear trac bar bad???? bushings?? I hate it when shops start throwing things at a jeep at the owners expense. what PSI are your tires at? if they are over inflated they will cause that. have them check your toe in.
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there looking at the jeep this afternoon so hopefully i'll have an answer soon. I really appreciate all the insite.
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JI had a 96 wrangler with steering that just seemed a little loose but not uncontrollable
96 Wrangler? Interesting, got any pics?

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Play with your tire pressure also, I found 15 psi works best on my YJ while only 10 psi in my old cj5.
10-15 PSI on the highway?? Little too spongy for me...

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there looking at the jeep this afternoon so hopefully i'll have an answer soon. I really appreciate all the insite.
Cool. Curious to see what they say.
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96 Wrangler? Interesting, got any pics?


10-15 PSI on the highway?? Little too spongy for me...


Cool. Curious to see what they say.
Yeah I wanna see pics of the 96!!
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Old 10-10-2007, 02:06 PM   #22
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Yeah I had the exact same problem as you are describing, its not steering or the death wobble, it just feels like you are driving on ice.

First I had to ditch those Crappy "B" load range tires that came w/ the jeep when I bought it.

2. (since it was used) I went under there and tightened up Every single bolt that I found with my 320ft/lb impact gun and noticed that some bolts were ~2-3 full turns too loose. Once I tightened them down that made a HUGE difference in handeling. Next Step is lock-tite on all those bolts so they dont have a chance to back off again.

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