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20082013JK 05-08-2013 05:01 PM

Help with steering
 
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I am nearing the end of my JK build and hope some of you can help.

Tha problem I am having is that my steering turns much farther "passenger" than it does "driver" When turned to the max, I can barely fit a finger between the frame and the inside rear of the passenger tire, but I can almost fit my fist in the same space on the driver's side.

I have a Synergy adjustable drag link (flipped), and an adjustable tie rod and track bar (please see pics).

I tried adjusting my drag link, but it didn't make much difference and it moved my steering wheel out of center.

Thanks in advance for the help.

SilverSport 05-08-2013 07:46 PM

Steering stop bolt missing?

20082013JK 05-08-2013 08:37 PM

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Originally Posted by SilverSport (Post 3735159)
Steering stop bolt missing?

No, but when turning left. it doesn't feel like it is turning well enough. When turning right, it turns very tight (on a dime).

dwindeck 05-08-2013 08:45 PM

Is the axle perfectly centered? Look at the outer edge of each tire in relation to the outer edge of your flares for a quick reference. If its out by a lot you will easily see it.

dwindeck 05-08-2013 08:48 PM

Just curious, are those coils installed correctly? Some manufactures say the tighter coils are to be on top.

dwindeck 05-08-2013 08:50 PM

Also check the stabilizer, does it reach its limit to soon?

20082013JK 05-08-2013 08:54 PM

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Originally Posted by dwindeck (Post 3735495)
Also check the stabilizer, does it reach its limit to soon?

That is what I thought, so I loosened it and it still happened.

20082013JK 05-08-2013 08:56 PM

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Originally Posted by dwindeck (Post 3735474)
Is the axle perfectly centered? Look at the outer edge of each tire in relation to the outer edge of your flares for a quick reference. If its out by a lot you will easily see it.

I measured it and it is perfectly centered.

SilverSport 05-08-2013 09:10 PM

Stumped.

kjeeper10 05-08-2013 09:16 PM

Is it possible to let the pitman arm go off center when the drag link was installed ?

dwindeck 05-08-2013 09:42 PM

??If you have the ability, put it on jack stands and get under it and push/pull on the tires lock to lock and see if you notice anything.

20082013JK 05-08-2013 11:24 PM

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Originally Posted by kjeeper10 (Post 3735596)
Is it possible to let the pitman arm go off center when the drag link was installed ?

I'll check it. If it is, I probably messed up the splines. Thanks for the help to all. Any more ideas are appreciated.

kjeeper10 05-09-2013 04:31 AM

I was looking around for you last night, I found someone who was having issues with the steering wheel center and installation of his Synergy drag link. Turned out he had twisted splines like you mentioned.

gsn 05-09-2013 06:56 AM

I have had the same problem for like 6 months now, everything looks normal under it, I have not even changed the drag link. Except for the fact that it turns more to the right than it does to the left. I look like a noob at the parking lot not being able to park on left side spots in one shot because it doesn't turn properly :facepalm:. It all started when I took it to 4WP for an alignment. Honestly, I dont know what the f*ck they did. Done two alignments already and still does the same crap.

Axle is centered, turn stop bolts are fine. The Pitman arm gets awfully close to the sway bar when fully turned left, much less than a finger-width of separation, but it doesn't hit. Is that normal? How do i get to check the splines? pull the pitman arm? Or, what exactly is the "center" of the pitman arm? looking straight out when steering is centered?

kjeeper10 05-09-2013 07:19 AM

One should see a bind if looking at the front end With somebody cycling the steering ...... No?

I'm not sure how the pitman arm is positioned with the tires straight ahead. My line of thinking is the steering wheel being turned 360 when the drag link was bolted up. I don't know if this is possible though, Def not stock.

I saw the pic with this guys twisted splines. I think it's noticeable looking at the spline area between where the sector shaft and steering box connect.

20082013JK 05-09-2013 10:22 PM

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Thanks to all who helped.
I came home tonight and spent the evening under my Jeep. First I investigated the steering box and Pitman arm. They were fine. That was nice because that would have been expensive.

As it turns out, it was the steering stabilizer. The issue was that as I turned it hard driver to discover where to put the clamp for the stabilizer, when I let go of the wheel it would turn back a quarter turn. This was enough to mess up the position of the clamp. I felt stupid, but I am glad to get it fixed.

Thanks to all who offered their ideas.

My build is almost done. Can't wait to hit the trails!


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