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Old 04-24-2016, 05:11 PM
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Steering Problems

Put 35s* on a 2-door JK (2012) equipped with stock tierod and SS. There is a lot more play in the steering wheel and the handling is especially shaky. In order to keep the Jeep straight I have to keep the wheel at an angle

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when driving down the road. Took it through some trails hoping to test the tires out but ended the day early because the steering was so terrible. How can I get everything straightened up and hopefully back to a stock feel again?

*Used Toyo M/T 35x12.5x17 with roughly 56% tread left.

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If there is suddenly play in the steering, something is loose. But, since the tires are used, try rotating them to see if the issue changes.

If it is so bad that you cant drive it on the trails, something is really loose. Look at the drag link, front trackbar, balljoints, tie rod.

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If there is suddenly play in the steering, something is loose. But, since the tires are used, try rotating them to see if the issue changes.

If it is so bad that you cant drive it on the trails, something is really loose. Look at the drag link, front trackbar, balljoints, tie rod.
Loose as in I should retorque everything to their specs and it will fix?
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Loose as in I should retorque everything to their specs and it will fix?
Maybe, maybe not. You gotta get under there, understand how your steering works, and find out what is not operating correctly.

What changes did you make to the vehicle just before you noticed these issues? was it only the tires?
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Maybe, maybe not. You gotta get under there, understand how your steering works, and find out what is not operating correctly.

What changes did you make to the vehicle just before you noticed these issues? was it only the tires?
Yes, it was only the tires. I've had the lift on for a couple months at least and just went from 31s to 35s last week. I will have to check everything out tomorrow or Tuesday. Thanks for input Tweak
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Yes, it was only the tires. I've had the lift on for a couple months at least and just went from 31s to 35s last week. I will have to check everything out tomorrow or Tuesday. Thanks for input Tweak
No problem, If your problems started immediately after installing the new tires, rotate them. It's a cheap and easy place to start.
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start by checking all of the bolts and make sure that they are to specs..
The tires may be the issue..if rotating does not fix then they are not the issue..

if still no fix at this point. check the alignment..
if it is spot on then you are getting the JK oversteer issue..

get adjustable lower control arms and set them to the metal cloak spec..
23 1/16 to 23 1/8
this will change your caster just enough to reduce your oversteer and will make the rig more stable..

You will see a bit more of a struggle on dry pavement when in 4wd but it should not be to bad.

it is doubtful that the tires alone are an issue..
but if they are not new,, just new to you... then they may have been on a rig that was not aligned properly and have really bad wear patterns.. this would resolve itself over time if you let it but make sure first..
new to you is sometimes necessary but not always the best option
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I'm going to go out on a limb here. Did the new wheels seat completely and firmly against the hubs? Have you retorqued the lug nuts since you put on the tires? If you had NO problems before, it has to be the new-to-you tires.

Try putting the old wheels/tires back on and see what how it acts.

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