I have a 77 cj5 and my steering is a little loose. the real problem is it is all over the road. i also have shackle that are just plates of steel and are two inches longer. what could be the cause of my wandering jeep. <font color="red"> </font color>
I think that your problem may be a little bit of a lot of things all rolled together. Did the jeep come with this problem or has it just all of a sudden gotten bad or has it slowly reach this point?
Possibles in my book are-
1. U-joint in steering column loose or wearing out
2. Bad or loose steering box
3. Bad ball joints
4. Bad rubber bushings at the springs/shackles
5. Big tires that are near the end of life and are "tracking"
6. Bad steering stabalizer
7. Bad front wheel bearings
That could be a big portion of the equation right there - 2" oversize shackles will flex quite a bit, especially the "plate type" without a stiffener. Shackles that big also screw up your caster, which in turn will adversely affect steering.
I'd say a reversal with heavy duty stock length shackles. For lift, replace the springs, don't fool with the shackles and/or body lifts. I personally don't think revolvers belong on the street - only on trail only rigs.
Tall shackles are never a good idea. If you want lift, swap out the springs. The shackle reversal has it's draw backs too. I would do more research before spending the money. Then if it looks right for you, go for it. I will not make that conversion on my 78 CJ5.