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09-24-2012 09:46 AM
Imped No, it doesn't have any bearing on DW. If that's a problem you're having, find out why your axle isn't being properly constrained.
09-24-2012 09:08 AM
TalkIsJeep
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Originally Posted by Imped
You need to......

Go back, set the toe to 1/8" in and THEN re-center the steering wheel. All of this needs to be done with the tires on the ground pointing dead ahead.
Thanks! Would not doing this possibly cause DW at high speeds by any chance..?
09-24-2012 08:52 AM
Imped You need to......

Go back, set the toe to 1/8" in and THEN re-center the steering wheel. All of this needs to be done with the tires on the ground pointing dead ahead.
09-23-2012 08:45 PM
TalkIsJeep
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Originally Posted by Imped
Wheels need to be on the ground....otherwise you're turning and not going anywhere. I'm betting you didn't properly set the toe before trying to center the steering wheel.....
I didn't..is it bad for anything mechanically or just for the tires? It rides alright, very slight pull..and I'm getting new tires in about 2 weeks..
09-23-2012 07:15 PM
Imped Wheels need to be on the ground....otherwise you're turning and not going anywhere. I'm betting you didn't properly set the toe before trying to center the steering wheel.....
09-23-2012 04:20 PM
TalkIsJeep
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Originally Posted by sloppywood
Before and after lift pics?
Horrible comparison, sorry, I wish I took better before pics. Excuse the ugly, crappy, tiny, bald tires..I'll post more in a few weeks after I pop on some 35" Baja MTZ's

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09-23-2012 04:06 PM
sloppywood Before and after lift pics?
09-23-2012 11:59 AM
01tj-Bob
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Originally Posted by TalkIsJeep View Post
Thanks Bob! :-)
No Prob
09-23-2012 11:55 AM
TalkIsJeep
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Originally Posted by 01tj-Bob
Threads do look ok
Thanks Bob! :-)
09-23-2012 11:52 AM
01tj-Bob Ya I know that it should turn by hand. You should be ok
09-23-2012 11:49 AM
01tj-Bob Threads do look ok
09-23-2012 11:48 AM
TalkIsJeep
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Originally Posted by 01tj-Bob View Post
That and having the wheels off the ground
SON OF A B! Nope, wheels could stay on the ground just fine. I put the key in the ignition, cranked the other way on the turnbuckle while I had my brother check the key. As soon as it go into the right position where he could put the key to the on position, I literally could have moved the turn buckle with 2 fingers. I'm as pissed as I am stupid. I should have known about the key but that dude probably should have mentioned it in the article as well I hope I didn't do any serious damage to the steering by cranking on it like that without the key in. It went pretty smooth on a test drive, I have to do a little more adjusting to it but nothing way out of whack yet. GAHHHH Thanks for the help though!!
09-23-2012 11:42 AM
01tj-Bob That and having the wheels off the ground
09-23-2012 11:33 AM
TalkIsJeep FML! I didn't even dawn on me until just now. Was I supposed to have the key turned to the on position so the steering wheel could move?! I just went to put the key in and the wheel is basically locked up, can't turn the key at all either. AHH
09-23-2012 11:27 AM
TalkIsJeep
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Originally Posted by 01tj-Bob
Post a pic of your drag link
At a glace I think it's alright. Aside from the turnbuckle looking chewed up from turning it. If I DID screw something up I'd guess it's within the turnbuckle...maybe I screwed up the threads in one of the spots? I mean, the steering wheel was moving slowly at first, now not at all.

Then again if the threads were screwed up enough to not move the wheel, then I'd think they wouldn't feed into the turnbuckle at all..which isn't the case.

I'm at a loss..

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09-23-2012 11:15 AM
01tj-Bob Post a pic of your drag link
09-23-2012 11:01 AM
TalkIsJeep
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Originally Posted by 01tj-Bob View Post
Spend 50 bucks and have it aligned, it'll be the best $50.00 you ever spent.
Thanks for the reply! I'm getting new wheels and tires within a month and I'm going to have a professional alignment done then, I'd rather not do it twice if I don't have to. Also, I don't want to bring it in to get aligned, have them tell me something on my drag link is screwed up, and then charge me a 90 dollar diagnostic fee or screw me in some other way
09-23-2012 10:55 AM
01tj-Bob Spend 50 bucks and have it aligned, it'll be the best $50.00 you ever spent.
09-23-2012 10:27 AM
TalkIsJeep
Trouble Re-Centering Steering Wheel After Lift

Hi guys,

So I'm stumped. I just installed a lift on my LJ and my steering wheel was way off center, which I read is fairly common. I went by the instructions from Basic Jeep Front End Alignment to re-center and I hit a wall. First off, I like how they specify to grab and turn the turnbuckle "by hand" doing it with a pipe wrench was hard enough.

But here goes..so my steering wheel was about 90 degrees off. I started turning the turnbuckle one way, by hand because it moved VERY little at this point but it wasn't impossible, and it seemed to work but got very tight, very quickly. So since the guide didn't give a specific direction to turn in, I figured I'd try the other way, even though it was the longer way for the wheel to travel to center, it was going a bit smoother (I ended up using some vice grips for extra leverage, but it was going well.) Welp, I got to damn near the end of the threads on both sides of the turnbuckle and saw that the steering wheel didn't travel nearly enough So I had to go back the other way AGAIN. This time I grabbed a pipe wrench. Had my brother watch as I was cranking through, the pipe wrench was working wonders. The wheel didn't budge. Not a millimeter. I went all the way through to the OTHER end of the threads, and it didn't move at all. I'm afraid I might have messed something up.

So where I'm at right now, no matter what I do to the turnbuckle, the steering wheel stays in 1 position, which happens to be completely upside down at this point and I'm livid. The instructions on that site made it out to be way more simple than it was. I feel like I need to buy a whole new drag link at this point.

Anyone help?

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