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Old 03-12-2012, 12:26 PM   #1
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1980 cj5 wanders

I have a 80 cj5 that wanders all over the road. I just bought it and think I think it has a 3 inch lift. Looking for some advice on what it could new

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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http://www.wranglerforum.com/f10/ste...ay-145670.html
Recent thread on another cj with similar issues.

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Old 03-12-2012, 01:07 PM   #3
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Yup I bet its the sector shaft too
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Old 03-14-2012, 08:49 AM   #4
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Just replaced the steering shaft and it still is all over the road
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Old 03-14-2012, 09:30 AM   #5
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Check the toe-in on the wheels...makes a big diff.if not correct.
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:56 AM   #6
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A few more questions.

When you are parked on concrete do you have play in the steering?
Do you have a steering stabilizer?
Do you have a shackle lift? - Are they moving around when you turn?

What was your last vehicle?
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Old 03-14-2012, 10:59 AM   #7
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Just replaced the steering shaft and it still is all over the road
Was the stock one indeed bad? Did you replace it with a new one or another used one?.....and what dempsey says too
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If your steering shaft and sector shaft are solid (no play in them) and your tie rods ends are good, and your toe-in is set to spec, , then the problem will most likely be your caster angle.
See thread linked in the 2nd post, above.
Get an angle finder, or go to an alignment shop and determine your current caster angle. Then order steel shims to result in caster angle of 5° to 7° positive caster.

When I installed a '74 D30 and 2.5" suspension lift into my '71 CJ5, I could not keep the Jeep between the lines over 35 mph. An alignment shop told me my caster was a 1° positive. I ordered and installed 5° steel shims. After that it tracked perfectly, even at 75 mph...

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Old 03-15-2012, 08:31 AM   #9
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Replaced with a new steering shaft. It has some play in strong while sitting on concrete
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Old 04-26-2012, 06:53 PM   #10
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i bought a heavy duty steering bracket and steering brace and also done a shackle reversal took care of mine,but the bigger the tire and you may still have a little bit
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