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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-17-2003, 03:11 PM Thread Starter
 
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Front end questions

What are the characteristics of worn tie rod ends and/or ball joints on a TTB Bronco? Do they cause a "shimmy" over road chop?

I have new poly axle pivot bushings and heimed radius arms, so I know it's not bushing-related. The shimmy was there before the heim project, and that didn't make any difference in that area.

I'm trying to acheive a nice ride quality, and the Bilsteins and heimed radarms made a big improvement, but this shimmy is now my big concern.

I hear so much talk of nice-riding Broncos, but I've been fighting mine since I got it.

Maybe it could be crappy coils? I don't know of anyone else running the RC 2.5's, and everyone else seems happy. Hmmm...

Thoughts, please!
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Re: Front end questions

Does the steering wheel move with the shimmy?
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No, it's felt in the seat and it's enough to back out the door panel screws a couple turns a week.
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Re: Front end questions

Sounds like the Double-Carden Joint is bad.
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Thatd be my guess...when mine started to go, i thought the truck was gonna vibrate apart!
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Re: Front end questions

It's a front-end issue. Shimmy occurs only when hitting road bumps like intersections/railroad tracks, etc..., and only the front end shakes. I suspect tie rod ends.

Also I've heard that toe-out can cause shimmy. That's the first thing I'll check.
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Re: Front end questions

Just closing this one down...

Tie rod ends and ball joints check out fine. Was 2" toe-out. Set it to 1/8" toe-in and smoothed it right out.
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Wow, 2" toe out! I swear TTB self-aligns (and not in a good way)
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No TTB self-aligning this time...I knew I went toe-out when I did the heimed (and dropped) radius arms.

Sorry <font color="blue">Shilo</font color>, despite all of your effort, I still have no reason to dislike the TTB [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img] . I don't go trail/rock wheelin' on purpose, and for the type of driving/wheeling that I do, the TTB is actually desireable [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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It just makes me feel good to rip on TTB. Some people pray, some people chant, some people meditate, I bash TTB.

Altho speaking of praying, I'm considering starting my own church. We plan to dress in factory Ford mechanic's wear and lynch TTB and any Ford engineers that were part of Team TFI
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