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Old 10-05-2007, 02:36 PM
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New 31's - Loose Front End

Sorry if this has already been discussed...

I recently put a new set of 31 inch GY MT/R's on my '06 Wrangler Sport. Every since then, the front end feels loose. The car no longers feels safe on the interstate going over 65 mph. I've read some articles that suggest upgrading the steering stabilizer, then some that say the stock suspension, etc. is fine for 31 inch tires. Also, it almost feels like something is loose when I go over the front end is hollow (I'm sure that makes little sense). Please tell me someone has a suggestion out there!?!?
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Old 10-05-2007, 03:27 PM   #2
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You should need a new steering stabilizer for 31" tires, I run 35" MTRs and don't have any issues with them at 75 MPH. You may want to have your alignment checked, or check it yourself. You can also check all the bolts in the front end to make sure everything is tight (especially the trac bar). Other than that, I got nothing! Good luck with the tires, I have been running them on my rig (one size or another) since I picked it up in October of '02 and have been happy with them.

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That is a strange scenario, I had 30" BF Goodrich A/T's and they were worn out beyond their tread life. Needless to say I was having major problems with death wobble, so I got new tires and I put on 31" Goodyear Wrangler A/T's and my death wobble is gone, and my rig handles way better. I get a little bump steer, but I am looking forward to uprgrading my steering stabilizer to change that.

I would also check the alignment and the balancing on the wheels, and checking all the bolts seems like a good idea, just to be safe. I was thinking it could be something with the power steering, maybe it's worn down and now you are getting too much "play" ? Check your fluid levels there to see if there is too much wear. Good luck with getting that fixed!!
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Also depending on the tiress, make sure they are load C rating or higher. When I bought my jeep they put some crappa "B" load range tires and it feels uneasy as all get out. The laterall sway is what makes it feel like the handeling feel like crap
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I took my Jeep to a 4x4 place last weekend for an oil skid and asked them to check everything out on the front end. They said everything looks fine and I probably just need to have my tires rebalanced. Does that make sense? The front end feels loose, not like the tires are out of balance. Anyway, I have an appoint Sat morning to have the tires rebalanced and a 4-wheel alignment. My guess is this won't change anything.
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