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Old 10-04-2011, 09:35 PM   #1
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Steering pump is way to good

my steering is way to easy would a steering dampner fix it. she jumps around alot and the road will pull the wheel around. im not good with steering stuff so treat me stupid on this one.

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Old 10-05-2011, 06:23 AM   #2
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If it has none, one may help but I'll let the experts here take it as to other causes - bushings, loose tie rod ends, steering box, caster or lack of it are all possible culprits, check out the death wobble thread

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Old 10-05-2011, 09:46 AM   #3
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no death wobble. im familiar with that. it could be im just not used to it yet and used to my newer trucks set up. maybe a bigger steering wheel?
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Old 10-05-2011, 09:50 AM   #4
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Check your tire pressure.

If you have too much air in your tires, your contact patch where the rubber meets the road will be smaller and can affect your steering in the way you've mentioned.

Conversly, if your tires are underinflated, it will have the opposite effect. Your steering will feel heavy and cumbersome.

Because Jeeps are light, they are affected more by grooves & other irregularities in road (or offroad) surfaces. Wait until you drive over a grated bridge... they can be a TON of fun!
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The CJ's used a saginaw steering pump that was way overpowered for a jeep. They were all that way back in the day....gonna take some getting used to.
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whats a good starting pressure for a 35in tire under a cj5
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whats a good starting pressure for a 35in tire under a cj5
Try towards the high end of the range that's on the sidewall of the tire. Or, if only max pressure is given, fill it within 3 pounds of that number.

REMEMBER: you need to check your tire pressure when the tires are cold.

If you're running some gas other than just natural air, that's a little different ballgame.
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straight air but shes on 35s
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im thinking it was just me not used to the short wheel base yet.
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Old 10-26-2011, 07:42 PM   #10
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I have a fiberglass CJ-5 on 35`s and it was squirley and still is mine rides and drives better with around 25 psi and my tire are rated at 44 psi even though a tire is rated at 44 psi doesn`t mean it is right for your vehicle the gvw stickers which are almost all gone by now on old jeeps have manufacturer tire pressures for each particular vehicle but thats with a stock sized tire.My jeep rides like a buckboard at 44psi.Just keep playing with pressures and you`ll find a sweet spot.After a while you`ll get used to it just drive slow until then cause short wheel base and big tires = poor road manners LOL Hope this helps
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Yeah it think I'm near 22 or 24 and the manners are way better now. But now I've got a drive line clunk even after I pulled my front d shaft and rebearinged the whole front. I think my tcase my b shot. O well. Just another drop in the jeep bucket
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How many turns does it take to go lock to lock with the steering wheel? There were a few different ratios for the Sagi boxes. The most common to swap in would require about 4 1/4 turns of hte wheel to go lock to lock. But there were also sagi boxes that only took about 2 3/4 turns lock to lock. Count them up and if this is the case, I would look for a variable ratio box which is about 3 1/2 tuns or the slower 4 1/4 turn box.

That is a valid point though, if this is a CJ5 it will never behave on the road in any other manner besides borderline unsafe. Nature of the beast, learn to love it!

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