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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-28-2004, 06:40 PM
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Hello Ive replaced my leaf spring bushings with the poly bushings, new steering box, 4" drop pitman arm, new tie rods(greased) and I still have white knuckle steering. My roads in the area that I live are all crowned and my narrow track does have wandering problems with that, but even on the normal road it is still loose. I cannot afford a hydralic steering setup(unless you know a cheap way), and does a shackle reversal really help?...I did do a search but did not come up with any answers.thanks.
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It doesn't by chance have longer than stock front shackles on it does it? That might be the answer right there. (that throws the caster out the window and gives the instant white knuckle)
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there heavy duty 3/8" longer only, because of lift laws Im all ready illegal with the 4" lift. I was thinking of cutting off the shoulder of the bushings and installing predrilled metal that would take up the space of the bushing to shakle area and having the nylock bolt stopping just before they rub and bind during normal flex.
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Re: Jeep Steering-Help!

I would do 3 things.

1. I'd jack up one front tire and see if it had any play in it. Jack up both front tires and check for play.

2. Check for play in the steering shaft.

3. Check where the spring mount, mounts to the frame. (all suspension for that matter)
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Re: Jeep Steering-Help!

Right on the money Aaron. Since you really don't have "long" shackles it's time to look for play.
1" = 1 mile in a lifted swb jeep. Something has got to be loose. And it can be hard to find too. Just remember it doesn't take much. So time to start looking and ALL steering parts, then move on to all bushings.
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Ill give that a try and check for playin everything just did all the wheel bearings 4 months ago...but you never know. Still no word on the shackle reversal swap-if its worth it?!
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I run a shackle reversal and it's one of my top 5 favorite mods in a long list of them that I've done on my CJ.

That being said, it will NOT cure the white knuckle steering problem you're describing, so follow the advice you've already been given to search for your problems.

Once you've gotten it fixed and you're ready, the shackle reversal will help with (in my case, eliminate) bump steer and will greatly improve the ride.

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Fix your steering problem before modifying it. Otherwise you wont know weather you did the reversal correctly or compounded the problem. If you compound the problem it gets very difficult to find.
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Shackle reversal has pros and cons. It will make a slight improvement on the road as far as driveabality, but not night and day. Fix the real problem first. Then if you want to make it a little better, then you can do it. Besides if you have looked into it you know about the nose diving issues under braking. [img]images/graemlins/crazy.gif[/img]
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Re: Jeep Steering-Help!

I want to clarify quickly that I mean shackle reversal will improve the ride on the street. I don't believe there's a big advantage off road when you're crawling, but my rig is my DD and I like it to work well on and off road.

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