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Old 01-16-2011, 03:18 PM   #1
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Front end handling 1995 wrangler

Hello everyone. 1st post. I am new to jeeps. I purchased a 1995 Jeep wrangler.
It has a very loose front suspension. I have read up on steering box's. and would like to rule out other components first.
About the jeep. It does have a lift kit. I think shackle more than springs. It has 31" aggressive tires.
The front end wonders to the left or right not just one side. It wanders at all speeds. Not alot of fun if I am fighting to keep it strait.
This could be very costly and I would like to get advise before I just start buying random components.
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Old 01-16-2011, 04:17 PM   #2
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First thing I'd do is replace the steering stabilizer. My Jeep wandered all over the place but the new Rancho steering stabilizer helped a lot.

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Old 01-16-2011, 06:12 PM   #3
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X2 on steering stabilizer
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Old 01-16-2011, 07:33 PM   #4
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Thanks YJman, I will definately change that. It and the shocks look like they have been on a while.
I am from Connecticut as well. North East Conn. Thompson.
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Old 01-16-2011, 08:08 PM   #5
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On a correctly setup steering, you can run without a steering stabilizer without any issues. It can be a number of issues. You mentioned that it looked like your lift was mostly a shackle lift? What are the length of your shackles? If they're outrageously long, that can and will cause steering problems. Pitman arm tight? Are the shackles too loose? Are your wheel hub bearings in good condition? Ball joints? Joints on your steering shaft? Alignment?

Front end issues are one of the hardest things to diagnose, but all the above mentioned (plus some I'm sure I've forgotten to say) should be checked when trying to figure out steering problems.
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Old 01-17-2011, 12:48 PM   #6
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There are definately alot of possibilities. I have just placed an order for new shackle and main eye bushings. Sway bar and track bar bushings and front shocks. I am hopeful that installing these and being able to get a wrench on most of the front end bolts, that I can make a great difference.
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:32 PM   #7
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Front End Loose

I am having the same problem. Must be there Connecticut roads lol. Am going to replace stabilizer as soon as weather gets better. Anyone know of a Jeep garage that works on lifted Jeeps in CT?
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Old 02-02-2011, 02:35 PM   #8
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i have a YJ on 33s and i dont have a steering stabalizer. I broke my HD steering and was to lazy to put it back on. you might have week shackles. While somoene is watching the shackles turn the wheel back and forth. If the shackles bend/flex you need to change them. that is most likely your problem but it could be other things. i have shackles that over 8 inchs big but i built them well. but before i put mine on i let someone else build me some and they were garbage and did the thigns you explained. also its a jeep its usually hard to completely fix Alll wondering. it will always be there
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:23 PM   #9
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I purchased new shackles for my 95 YJ with a 1-1/4 lift and they are shorter than the set on now. I also purchased all new bushings. It looks like the previous owner made new shackles which are real tall and did not change the stock bushings. That is this weekends project. I expect a huge difference in the ride. I heard someone say..... "Its a jeep with big tires, thats what you get" I dont buy it! you need to replace bushings
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:43 PM   #10
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i think thats what i said. I have all new bushing suspension dam near everything. I dont have boots on my tie rods and i dont have a steering stabalizer and i dont have any problems for the most part, sometimes i get a lil movement when i hit the brakes on certain roads
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:44 PM   #11
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I'll post how it comes out
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if u can take a pic of the shackles i can prob tell u if thats the problem
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Old 02-02-2011, 06:50 PM   #13
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That would be great. I will try to get it posted tomorrow. Thank you
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When was the last time you had the tires balanced and the alignment checked, (you can check it in your driveway with a tape measure)

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