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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2003, 09:47 PM
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Trick to align and center steering wheel

After installing the Calmini 3" lift in the X-90, I was able to "ballpark" the toe-in by measuring the difference between the front and rear of the tires. (the new tires had a line painted on them.)

Centering the steering wheel was a "trial and error" process. It was difficult to know when the wheels were pointed "exactly" straight ahead. Lengthen one tie rod, shorten the other. Test ride then lenghten/shorten again.

An "old timer" happened to stop by and told me this trick. Run a string around the vehicle at the center of the hubs. Center the steering wheel, then observe the string where it meets the sidewalls of the front tires. Adjust the tie-rods until the string lies flat against all four sidewalls of the front tires. The steering wheel will be centered and the toe will be close to zero.

Tried it and it worked well.
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 07-19-2003, 10:13 PM
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Re: Trick to align and center steering wheel

It's quite simple once you feel the wheels are aligned remove the horn cap pull the nut off the shaft pull the wheel and stick it back on in the new position!!

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Re: Trick to align and center steering wheel

That aligns the steering wheel, but does nothing to center the steering box.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 07-20-2003, 10:10 AM
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Re: Trick to align and center steering wheel

my samurai doesnt have an ajuster in the linkage from the steering box to the tire only from one tire to the other removing and recentering the steering wheel is the only way with out cutting the linkage or buying an ajustable one
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Re: Trick to align and center steering wheel

Well the right way to align the Trackick woul dbe to atart with the wheel centered.. both sides are adjustable..

the Sammy only has one adjuster (toe setting) and you have to align the whel by removing it.
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Re: Trick to align and center steering wheel

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my samurai doesnt have an ajuster in the linkage from the steering box to the tire

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the Sammy only has one adjuster (toe setting) and you have to align the whel by removing it

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What am i missing? Center the gearbox with the pitman arm. Center the steering wheel while the pitman arm is off.
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Re: Trick to align and center steering wheel

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Well the right way to align

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is to put it on an alignment rack

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and you have to align the whel by removing it

[/ QUOTE ] you have more choices, have an adjustable drag link made is the one that makes the most sence. The breeze and sky mfg Zlink are adjustable.
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