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Old 06-16-2014, 07:45 PM   #1
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My steering wheel is off to the right

I just lifted my jeep. I got a pitman arm but didn't install it(it didn't come with the kit). I would say the jeep is lifted at least 3 5/8 inches possibly more. It's a 2 1/2 lift but got a lot more out of it. I was told putting the pitman arm on should straighten the wheel. Anyone else have experience with this? Jeep handles great just the steering wheel is off.

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Old 06-16-2014, 08:23 PM   #2
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After installing the pitman arm you still may have to adjust the steering rod that bolts th the pitman arm , just loosen the clamps at both ends and turn the center of the rod to lengthen or shorten it as needed till the steering wheel is centered.

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Old 06-16-2014, 08:24 PM   #3
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how far is it off?
you may want to let the lift settle in a little before adjusting it
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Old 06-17-2014, 03:04 PM   #4
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You need the pitman arm then you will need to adjust the 'drag link' as mentioned to get the wheel just right. I'm surprised the "Jeep handles great..." without the pitman arm as you will get 'bump steer' without it--Hit a bump and the wheel will jolt to one side as the geometry of the steering linkages are off. On the smooth you won't notice anything necessarily.
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:24 PM   #5
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i have the same issue going on as my bushings have worn out on the drag link is a good page to check out for some adjusments
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Old 08-14-2014, 10:37 PM   #6
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Mowrangler, this may sound dumb but never hurts to ask, when you loosen the rod to adjust the steering wheel, does the car have to be on or key in so it moves freely ? the other link i shared didnt specify either ..just curious
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:15 PM   #7
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What do you mean exactly by steering wheel is off? Like it turns more to one side than the other or what? Mine has what I believe to be a non stock steering column but is Chrysler, and it can turn rediculously sharp to the right, but not nearly as much to the left. Can this be solved?
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Old 08-17-2014, 05:36 PM   #8
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^^^^ same problem. Only bad thing is, I'm like the 4th owner of this YJ and I have NO CLUE what kind of lift is on it except that its 2.5" suspension + 1" body. I've looked in other threads and went and looked at my set up. It does not have drag link, so I'm pretty lost

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Old 08-17-2014, 06:39 PM   #9
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Re-Centering Your Steering Wheel

1. With your tires pointing as straight as possible (leave your steering wheel rotated) and your tires on the ground, loosen the bolts on your drag link turnbuckle using a 15mm deep socket or wrench.

2. Grab the turnbuckle with your hand and rotate it a little bit at a time. Check your steering wheel periodically while doing this until it appears to be centered again.

3. Try to make sure that the bolts are pointing away from the track bar (rotate just the bolt sleeve and not the turnbuckle itself if necessary) and then tighten up the turnbuckle bolts.

4. Take your Jeep out for a test ride and determine if you need to make any other adjustments. It may take a few times to get it right but at least it is easy to do.

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Old 09-11-2014, 08:48 PM   #10
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If your rear end/ axle is a little off. slightly canted to one side. it will also throw off your steering wheel. Learned this last week when I installed a rear end after my axle came off on the hwy! If you had your leaf springs off during your lift install it might be something to check.

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