Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: Homeless in the Hammers... / Mexico
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CJ-5 sways during engine torque
I bought a 1975 CJ-5, 304, T-15, dana 20 transfer, dana 30/44 axles, about 8 months ago. It was stock with engine mods. It seemed to me that it was '10 lbs of crap in a 5 lb bag', lots of power and hard to control. It swayed, or lunged, or you could even say it turned on its own. There was no pulling or movement in the wheel. When the engine was pushing hard in an acceleration it wanted to go into the lane to the left. When I would let off the gas or downshift (4 wheel drums ) it would pull to the right. I put a 4'' trailmaster lift (all new bushings, shocks, and steering stabilizer) under it with 33 x 12.00's and it was undrivable. The problem had been magnified by 10. So I took it to a 4x4 shop and they welded the front of the frame where the bumper meets the frame rails and that flat plate under the winch mount. That got it to the point where I could drive it but it still wasn't right. So, I removed the rear bumper and found out that it was about 200 lbs. That made it a little better. Then I replaced the rear cross member - no change. Swapped trans to a T-18 (unrelated issue). Then my 44 rear end exploded, housing and all, and I had the shop install a donor 44 and redo the whole front dana 30 (all the bearings, 4 new brakes, axel joints, inner seals, upper and lower ball joints). I mean all they saved was the shafts, ring and pinion, and steering box. They even welded new spring perches on both axles. They looked at the frame and said it was in good cond. And that jeep still wants to change lanes when I hit the gas hard. What gives?