I have an 80 cj7 and I'am wondering if the leafsprings are wore out and how can you tell if they are? My jeep tends to sway from one side of the road to another you have to drive it not just ride in it. when i first got it i was all over the road but now i do alot better i just wanted to know if this normal for an old jeep. Thanks [img]images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]
My 64 Cj & my 74 swayed & the springs were almost flat ,, But the thing I replaced that made the biggest difference was th shackels ,, Try them first ,,, But you will see a great improvement on handling with a new set of springs & shocks,,
The springs should have a couple of inches of arch when the Jeep isn't loaded, and be about flat when it is fully loaded.
Excessive sway is probably caused by worn out shocks, which is the good news. They're a lot easier and cheaper to replace than springs.
Also the steering box probably needs to be adjusted, and the mounts could be loose or cracked. Have a buddy rock the steering wheel back and forth just enough to make the front wheels wiggle. Then examine all of the connections in the steering looking for lost motion. Often you can feel loosness by resting a couple of fingers on a joint.
I would suggest that you also check the steering shaft as that could be worn-out. This seems to be the weakest link in the steering system. Borgeson a Connecticut company makes a great replacement shaft. In a couple of hour to job could be done. Priced at $229.99 in 4wd.com