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Old 05-10-2011, 08:56 AM   #1
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Question need some expert advice (actually any would be good!)

so is there any reason someone would jack the front up more than the rear...the previous owner had put spacers on the front springs but not the reari have no idea what thats for? and could that be whats effecting my steering? any help is greatly appreciated...thanks

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so is there any reason someone would jack the front up more than the rear...the previous owner had put spacers on the front springs but not the reari have no idea what thats for? and could that be whats effecting my steering? any help is greatly appreciated...thanks
This is fairly common when trying to accommodate the weight of the winch. It evens out the suspension.

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Old 05-10-2011, 08:59 AM   #3
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Maybe he was anticipating installing a winch down the road with a heavier aftermarket bumper?
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Ha beat me to it.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:00 AM   #5
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Many people don't like the raked stance of the Wrangler so they add spacers to the front to give it a more level look. Very common.
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Old 05-10-2011, 09:00 AM   #6
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could that effect my steering? i have tried everything to fix the sway...i changed the pitman arm, allinged it, sway bars, tracbar and it still does pulling to both sides
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Old 05-10-2011, 12:48 PM   #7
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Couple of things, excessive negative caster will cause what is called an egg roll. Feels like the Jeep is trying to stay balanced on top of an egg. Negative caster to a point makes steering easier but if you go to far, you end up with a shopping cart. Where it want's to follow every dip/bump/roll in the road. Going slightly more positive on the caster will make it run straighter and not tend to follow the road as much.

Also did you check for play in the steering box? Actually too loose or too tight of steering box play will cause it to wander. Too loose, and the Jeep is given free rein to do what it pleases, and you are constantly playing catch up to it.

On the opposite side, too tight. We used to deal with this all the time when I worked for Lincoln/Mercury. Folks would come in complaining the steering had too much "play" and they were constantly having to correct it. In actuality the steering box play was too tight, so any minute movement of the steering wheel was met by an instant reaction from the vehicle. And again folks were constantly chasing the wheel as they drove down the road.

Simply loosening up the steering box a little and it took complete care of the problem.
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Pictures of the steering? Did you do a dropped pitman arm? Or track bar? Jerry is an expert on these things.
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Old 05-10-2011, 01:26 PM   #9
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i think the track bar is off center...it looks like there was another hole drilled

that joint there moves quite a bit when the wheel is turned
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That means that there is an aftermarket suspension lift that called for the track bar to be moved...thus the extra hole.
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Old 05-11-2011, 04:02 PM   #11
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So basically putting an adjustable tracbar and bolting it in the original hole will center the axle? Or am i missing something?

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