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Old 11-23-2006, 08:08 PM   #1
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trackbar/draglink parallel...

I installed an RE1610 XD trackbar today on my TJ. I have not yet installed the DPA. The trackbar and draglink LOOK to be parallel NOW. The mounting point for the new trackbar is slightly (about an inch) below the end of the drag link rod. The distance is the same at the other end between the drag link and the trackbar mount, making the effective relationship nearly parallel. Is this not what I'm after? I don't understand why it's so close now, since I've always read that you NEED a DPA with this trackbar.
Another thing I noticed is that the frame end of the trackbar is not alot different using this bar than using the RE1600. The RE1600 has a long bolt with misalignment washers, so the end of the trackbar is nearly the same distance below the stock mount. I didn't know if anyone noticed this or not.
What is the symptom of bumpsteer, in case my set-up IS off now?
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:29 PM   #2
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i think bumpsteer is when you hit a bump and then the steering wheel shakes violently.

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Old 11-23-2006, 08:39 PM   #3
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Nope. Bumpsteer is when you're tires bump against you're steering components because of being oversized. Mine have been bumping for years....
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:42 PM   #4
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oh ok. i was just going by this. after i read this a while back i have been thinking that this is what it is

originally posted by "Jerry Bransford"

"Bumpsteer is when the steering is forced left and right as the suspension moves up and down. So if you hit a bump or dip in the road and your Jeep has bumpsteer, the steering wheel would be jerked left or right, often violently enough to be jerked out of your hands."
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Old 11-23-2006, 08:51 PM   #5
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I don't agree with that. I've always heard bumpsteer used in reference to the tires bumping. The cure to which, of course is adjusting the bumpstops, or having less backspacing.
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Old 11-23-2006, 09:08 PM   #6
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if the cure is having less backspacing then that would mean that the tires were rubbing the steering components. wouldn't that just be rubbing? i have never heard this. i also haven't heard that you could adjust your bumpstops for this problem. bumpstops limit travel and stop your tire from cramming the fender. the bumpstop is inside the coil anyway.
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Old 11-23-2006, 09:18 PM   #7
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I don't have a coil on my Jeep...

Anyway, I just looked it up and apparently the term is used loosely for several problems. So we are both right, or more exact, the way the term is just thrown around is probably not correct.

Also, the term bumpstop seems to be widely used and probably lisused too.

I need to find this link I just had, but I clicked it closed by accident.
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Old 11-23-2006, 09:34 PM   #8
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Well, I researched it more. Bumpsteer is used to describe both conditions. Bumpstops are also reffered to as the steering stops and suspension flex stops.
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Old 11-24-2006, 07:28 AM   #9
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ha lol. cool. well were both right. adjust your bumpstops like you said as your steering stop or to stop the tires like i said.

well it seems like bumpsteer can be used either way so neither of us were wrong.

anyway. to the OP, do you rub your steering components when turning? or do you have the violent shake in the steering wheel after hitting a bump?

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