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Old 12-09-2010, 03:15 PM   #1
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Hi there, I just bought a 2002 Jeep Wrangler, it seems as if the steering wheel is incredibly sensitive. The slightest move makes the biggest turn. Its hard to keep a straight line, have to hold on the wheel real tight trying to keep it in a straight line. Is that normal? I know I have extra large tires (no idea what size) does that make a difference? I just does not feel very safe in it. Any advice you can share would be appreciated.

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Old 12-09-2010, 03:33 PM   #2
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welll.. it may need to have the steering stabilizer replaced.

If there are extra large tires on it..then I would assume there is a lift kit on it.
when you say extra large...do you mean bigger than normal tires? WAY bigger than normal tires? or holy crap the middle of my wheel is level with my junk! ?

you need to be more specific, provide a little more detail. posting pictures always helps

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Old 12-09-2010, 03:40 PM   #3
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They are big, definitely bigger than normal tires...it says 33x12.5 on it, does that mean anything? You can tell, I don't know a thing about this...
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that means it is a 33" tire my man. In order for a TJ to accommodate a 33x12.5 tire it needs some sort of lift... your best bet is to get some pictures posted up here so we can further diagnose whats going on.

a lift kit can be known to cause what your speaking about but we can't know for sure until we can figure out what type of lift is on it
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Old 12-09-2010, 04:37 PM   #5
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Yes I do know it has a lift that was installed by the last owner. I have no idea what kind. I will make some pictures when it is light outside and post them. Thanks so much.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:22 PM   #6
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Hi there, I just bought a 2002 Jeep Wrangler, it seems as if the steering wheel is incredibly sensitive.
Jeeps are quick on the steering, the short wheelbase being a big factor. The Jeep has lots of spring movement available as well, so any motions are exaggerated. Yes, you will be on the wheel more when driving a short wheelbase Jeep.

Wind, especially cross winds, will keep you busy. The lift and the bigger tires don't help matters as you now have a higher box for the wind to buffet.
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Old 12-09-2010, 05:54 PM   #7
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I just got an 05 and I thought the same thing. my liberty's stearing was alot tighter, but I got used to it after about a week. best of luck
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Old 12-09-2010, 06:32 PM   #8
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Yes I do know it has a lift that was installed by the last owner. I have no idea what kind. I will make some pictures when it is light outside and post them. Thanks so much.
i'll bet the original owner had a shop put some cheapo lift on and it drives like crap because they didn't have enough sense to get an alignment and correct steering & caster.

yes, jeeps are swb, and yes they can be squirrely at times. but post some alignment specs, pictures & lift specifications and i'll tell you exactly whats wrong.
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Old 12-09-2010, 07:49 PM   #9
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Steering stabilizer has nothing to do with your problem, I'm thinking your toe-in setting is just way off. It needs an alignment in other words. Caster angle might be off too but I'm thinking your toe-in is probably the main problem.

Are you up to checking/setting your own toe-in with some help to what is a very simple adjustment to make that produces a toe-in setting as accurate as the latest whiz-bang laser alignment rack can produce?

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