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rogerscj7 07-22-2009 05:33 AM

Is my steering OFF????
Finally I’m remember to ask this question.. On my 83 CJ7 I can steer to the left 4” tighter than I can to the “right”. Measuring from a center point of the bumper and a specific location on each tire I can steer 38” to the right, and 42” to the left = 4" delta. Do I have something out of line, or is this std for a Jeep to turn tighter in one direction than the other?

Jim_Lou 07-22-2009 05:40 AM

Old CJs were a little off in a lot of places, but a four inch difference measured at the tires seems like a lot. There are stop bolts on the knuckles that set the maximum turning in each direction. Yours may need to be adjusted. They should stop the steering just before a tire rubs on a leaf spring. Is there a big difference there?

rogerscj7 07-22-2009 06:03 AM

Thx. I thought that there were "stop bolts" at the spindles, At a glance last night i didn't see them. I 'll check again tonight. I'm sure they have never been adjusted.. So there's no type of sterring linkage adjustment needed.
I'll check for 'stop bolts"

Jim_Lou 07-22-2009 09:26 AM

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Here's a picture of the knuckle. As you can see, the stop bolt is opposite the linkage arm.

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rogerscj7 07-22-2009 09:29 AM

Thx Jim, so no issues to adjust these to have equal travel left/right, as long as i'm not hitting springs?

Jim_Lou 07-22-2009 09:36 AM

Right. Allow a little room for things to flex, but if a tire does touch lightly it won't hurt anything - just leave a shiny spot.

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