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12-14-2012 09:03 PM
Bamadan
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Originally Posted by ClearH2O View Post
Hey Jerry interesting info there on tire pressures! I have always just pressured up to the imprinted tire pressure. I'm a do it yourselfer on my jeep but I have a limited knowledge on the why and what fore and always like to learn more to get past this.

Obviously answering this in detail is off topic to the original poster's problem but I am curious to learn more. Any chance you could start a separate thread or if one exists you could point us to it?

Thanks!!!
Not Jerry here and have far less knowledge than he but I will try to answer for you the best I can.
The imprinted tire pressure usually indicates maximun inflation pressure for the specific tire. Most vehicles have tire pressures listed on the door pillar or the door itself, if you cannot find it , it will be in the owners manual. The recommended pressure will be only for oem tires. For larger tires you will need to keep an eye on them for signs of wear, an under inflated tire will show signs of wear on the outer and inner edges and an over inflated tire will show signs of wear in the center of the tire.
12-14-2012 08:19 PM
ClearH2O
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford
For a 33x12.50 tire, 26 to 28 psi. 26-27 is fine around town, 28 psi is good when the Jeep is fully loaded on the highway.
Hey Jerry interesting info there on tire pressures! I have always just pressured up to the imprinted tire pressure. I'm a do it yourselfer on my jeep but I have a limited knowledge on the why and what fore and always like to learn more to get past this.

Obviously answering this in detail is off topic to the original poster's problem but I am curious to learn more. Any chance you could start a separate thread or if one exists you could point us to it?

Thanks!!!
12-14-2012 08:02 PM
Ryan_M
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Originally Posted by steve76t View Post
another thing to check, if you havent already, is the track-bar connections. Both front and rear. Just make sure everything is tight and bushings are good. I had a wondering problem with mine and it turned out that the rear trackbar was loose at the frame end.
I plan to put track bar bushings in real soon. None are showing any slop right now.
12-14-2012 07:27 PM
steve76t another thing to check, if you havent already, is the track-bar connections. Both front and rear. Just make sure everything is tight and bushings are good. I had a wondering problem with mine and it turned out that the rear trackbar was loose at the frame end.
12-14-2012 06:00 PM
Ryan_M All 4 tires at 28 psi. They were all there except one that was at 30.I let it down to 28.
12-14-2012 04:36 PM
Ryan_M Al 4 tires were at 28 psi. I left them there.
12-14-2012 12:49 PM
Ryan_M
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
Amazingly, tire shops are notorious for overinflating tires. They don't really teach the kids they hire much more than how to bust down tires & balance them. Out of ignorance, they often just inflate the tires to the air pressure molded onto the tire's sidewall which isnever the correct air pressure to use.
Funny you should say that. I stopped in to find out some info on my situation here and I got a blank " deer in the headlights" look. They said they don't do lift kits so they didn't have any answers. Nice to have forums like this to go to!
12-14-2012 12:38 PM
Ryan_M
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Originally Posted by Jerry Bransford View Post
For a 33x12.50 tire, 26 to 28 psi. 26-27 is fine around town, 28 psi is good when the Jeep is fully loaded on the highway.
Thanks Jerry. I will check and adjust accordingly! I will post what I find out.
12-14-2012 12:09 PM
Jerry Bransford For a 33x12.50 tire, 26 to 28 psi. 26-27 is fine around town, 28 psi is good when the Jeep is fully loaded on the highway.
12-14-2012 11:59 AM
Ryan_M Just out of curiosity, what do you think I should be running for tire pressure?
12-14-2012 11:39 AM
Jerry Bransford Amazingly, tire shops are notorious for overinflating tires. They don't really teach the kids they hire much more than how to bust down tires & balance them. Out of ignorance, they often just inflate the tires to the air pressure molded onto the tire's sidewall which isnever the correct air pressure to use.
12-14-2012 10:56 AM
Ryan_M I will check the pressure when I get home from work. I did miss that. Sorry. I would assume they are at recommended pressure but I will check. They told me at the tire shop that they had aired a few up that were a little low.
12-14-2012 10:24 AM
Jerry Bransford Ryan you have received some good advice above, with a key piece being to reinstall the OE non-dropped Pitman arm. Older Jeeps generally always needed dropped Pitman arms after installing a suspension lift but the steering geometry was greatly improved in 1997 so newer Wranglers don't normally need a dropped Pitman arm. Installing a dropped Pitman arm will generally cause steering and bump steer problems in a Wrangler TJ.

Also, you never answered a key question asked early in this thread... exactly what tire pressure are you running?
12-14-2012 10:23 AM
TimboSlice
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Originally Posted by FireMike View Post
I just wanted to bring to your attention that you kinda came across as jerk. This is not the place for that. go to the jk forum. good day............I said good day!
Especially when its a vendor.
12-14-2012 10:19 AM
Ryan_M
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Originally Posted by Jaxon1023 View Post
That's why I got a lifetime alignment from Firestone. My 97 was doing the same thing but I had a stock pitman arm. I had a worn out track bar so replaced that and replaced the stock stabilizer for a rancho unit. Still have some issues but not nearly as bad. Mine is on 33's with a 4" pro comp lift



Good looking jeep bud! Looks a lot like mine! Thanks!
12-14-2012 10:15 AM
Ryan_M First of all, I live in a house with 2 teen-age daughters. I have plenty of drama in my life. I don't need it on here. My garage and jeep are a peaceful retreat from that. I love tinkering with the jeep. To answer the questions, I don't have a print out from the alignment. They said they would check the alignment again and straighten the steering wheel for free when I get the pitman changed.
12-14-2012 10:06 AM
FireMike
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Originally Posted by Black Magic Brakes View Post
Before you try and correct me, perhaps you can go to his first post and help the class by pointing out what is incorrect with it. There is a glaring error you should help us with.
I just wanted to bring to your attention that you kinda came across as jerk. This is not the place for that. go to the jk forum. good day............I said good day!
12-14-2012 07:28 AM
Jaxon1023 That's why I got a lifetime alignment from Firestone. My 97 was doing the same thing but I had a stock pitman arm. I had a worn out track bar so replaced that and replaced the stock stabilizer for a rancho unit. Still have some issues but not nearly as bad. Mine is on 33's with a 4" pro comp lift



12-14-2012 07:18 AM
Black Magic Brakes
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Originally Posted by FireMike View Post
He said he would try it!?!?!?! I don't think he has a "listening" problem. I think YOU DO.
Before you try and correct me, perhaps you can go to his first post and help the class by pointing out what is incorrect with it. There is a glaring error you should help us with.
12-13-2012 10:43 PM
UnlimitedLJ04 when you had the alignment done, they should have given you a print out. What did the shop say the caster was?
12-13-2012 10:40 PM
FireMike
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Originally Posted by Black Magic Brakes View Post
When you grow weary of the crappy handling, your hearing will improve dramatically and you will listen to sound advice. Until then, not so much. Lift height is not what matters, the relationship between the draglink and the trackbar is what matters and yours is not very happy. Go make it happy.
He said he would try it!?!?!?! I don't think he has a "listening" problem. I think YOU DO.
12-13-2012 10:27 PM
Ryan_M Like I said, I have a new pitman arm coming. Just thought I might throw that out there. I totally agree.
12-13-2012 10:11 PM
Black Magic Brakes
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Originally Posted by Ryan_M View Post
Ok. So I think my jeep has a Trailmaster lift kit on it. The only thing that has a name on it is the warning sticker on the visor. The steering stabilizer is a skyjacker brand. I was doing some looking on line and as far as I can tell, trailmaster does not make a 3" lift? Am I right on this? If so, I must have a 4" lift. Does this make a difference on the pitman arm advice? I do have a new one on the way but I just learned this new info. Just FYI, I bought this from a dealer who told me it had a 3 inch lift but they didn't know much about jeeps, so I guess I'll figure it out. Thanks again for the advice!
When you grow weary of the crappy handling, your hearing will improve dramatically and you will listen to sound advice. Until then, not so much. Lift height is not what matters, the relationship between the draglink and the trackbar is what matters and yours is not very happy. Go make it happy.
12-13-2012 08:00 PM
Ryan_M Ok. So I think my jeep has a Trailmaster lift kit on it. The only thing that has a name on it is the warning sticker on the visor. The steering stabilizer is a skyjacker brand. I was doing some looking on line and as far as I can tell, trailmaster does not make a 3" lift? Am I right on this? If so, I must have a 4" lift. Does this make a difference on the pitman arm advice? I do have a new one on the way but I just learned this new info. Just FYI, I bought this from a dealer who told me it had a 3 inch lift but they didn't know much about jeeps, so I guess I'll figure it out. Thanks again for the advice!
12-02-2012 09:04 PM
Ryan_M Ok thanks! I'll give it a try.
12-02-2012 09:00 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by Ryan_M View Post
Well it's worth a try! I am in a learning process with this thing. I just got it aligned so I want to make sure what ever I do will help before I have to pay for another alignment. Would it be better to lower the track bar? Thanks!
Not with a small lift. Just put a stock pitman on it.
12-02-2012 08:52 PM
Ryan_M Well it's worth a try! I am in a learning process with this thing. I just got it aligned so I want to make sure what ever I do will help before I have to pay for another alignment. Would it be better to lower the track bar? Thanks!
12-02-2012 08:26 PM
Patrick H
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Originally Posted by Ryan_M View Post
I thought the drop pitman was supposed to fix that problem not cause it?
Only if the frame end of the track bar has been lowered, which yours has not.
12-02-2012 08:18 PM
WranglerWarrior
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Originally Posted by Patrick H
You have a dropped pitman arm, which induces bump steer. Put a stock pitman arm on it and report back.
Agree
12-02-2012 08:17 PM
Ryan_M I thought the drop pitman was supposed to fix that problem not cause it?
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