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Folks,

picked up a '97 the other day at the auction. Just put in a new clutch.

First good test drive tonight... Definitely got something going on. Drives great - until -

55mph+ and "unload" the drivetrain - either through clutching, dropping off the throttle, or going to shift gears.

When you do this, the rear of the Jeep steps to the right about 12-18" - it's quite violent.

When under 50mph, it's less prominent, but if you're looking for it, you can still feel it.

I come from cherokees, and if this were a cherokee, I'd say it lost a centering pin on the leaf springs, or a shackle broke, or something like that.

Any ideas? It's dark out now - but first thing in the AM, I'm gonna check this sucker out.

Thanks
 

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I would say its possibly your springs in the front if the nose is diving. maybe they are all worn, who knows. stand on either bumper and see how they react.
 

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ensure your track bar bolts are in tact, and tight both front and rear.... is this a stock suspension? Any adjustable components like the control arms?

Possible you could have a rear locker which can cause 'unnatural' rear sway under heavy throttle and letting off.... if you are not used to a locker, this can be a weird feeling.
 

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I doubt it's the front springs - won't rule it out - but it's doubtful. Lift kit appears to be relatively new... new springs all around. I also don't feel the front end dive.

What I feel is the rear axle stepping sideways when unloaded. I'm 90% certain it's coming from the left rear, as it seems I can feel that side of the axle move forward and back...

Gonna go check the rear track bar - it's mounts, and bushings... Just didn't know if anyone else has any other good ideas that I'm overlooking.
 

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hung up brake maybe? jack it up and spin em.... see if you have too much drag on one side in the re... front and rear... could be a hung caliper up front as well.... just givin ideas here...
 

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My 97 when new had a problem with the robot welds on the upper rear control arms. The bracket tore off the frame but stayed intact... was a very simple repair.

If your lift uses a track bar relocation bracket on the rear axle instead of an adjustable track bar, many folks had a problem bending or breaking the brackets.

Torque all suspension link bolts to factory specs and don't forget about the transfer case drop bolts if used.
 

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Found it... It was the left rear lower control arm. Carquest had one for $60, replaced it, and all is well with the world now. Drives like a dream. Thanks guys.
 
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