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Old 10-24-2010, 05:56 PM
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alignment/tire problem, please help

I was in the garage last night and decided it was time to rotate my tires and do the alignment (I was bored). First I rotated my tires by taking my rear tires and moving them directly to the front, then taking the front and crossing them to opposite sides on the back. I then did the simple toe-in alignment per the write-up on Stu's Offroad Forum (front of front tires are 1/16" closer than back of front tires and steering wheel adjusted straight).

The jeep rides straight as an arrow and the steering wheell is straight. Now just for reference I never had this problem until DIRECTLY AFTER I did these mods (isnt that the way it goes). I have 33" tires and a 4" lift and the jeep rode fine beforehand. Heres what happens.....

At 40 mph the steering wheel wobbles like crazy then stops the wobble at 45 mph. Its not death wobble but the wheel looks crazy when it starts wobbling.

My question is that is it possible that since I rotated my tires from back to front they need to be balanced again to have them up front or is it something else? Thanks!

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Old 10-24-2010, 06:28 PM   #2
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Either have the tires on the front balanced or move the original tires back to the front and confirm no wobble.

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Check the torque on the lugs, if they aren't tight enough your steering wheel will shake like crazy at certain speeds... Make sure you haven't thrown a weight too.
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Its got to be a tire issue,setting the toe,and moving the draglink like you did,wont make that happen
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Thanks all. Gonna go up to the local tire kingdom and have the front tires balanced and see if that helps.
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Have all of your tires balanced since it could happen again when you rotate your tires again. Tell the tire balancing jock to take his right and get them perfect, not to just "good enough" which is never good enough for a Jeep.
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Thanks Jerry, Will do.
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Had tire kingdom balance the tires and all seems well for now. It took the guy an hour and a half to balance them, he said that the rear (used to be the front) were balnced well but the front (used to be the rear) were way out of balance. Best 20 bucks I spent in a long time - gave the guy a tip for taking his time, I always appreciate that.

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