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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-14-2000, 06:56 PM
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Front Wheel/Tire leans in

I have recently done some swapping and it appears that my front wheels don't sit verticle like they used to. The passenger side looks normal, but the drivers side seems to appear to "lean" in on the top. Is this an alignment thing, or are the ball joints worn??? I think the front wheels can only be adjusted out or in, not the tilt, Caster?? Anyone.

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Re: Front Wheel/Tire leans in

I think side to side leaning of the tire is camber..

it might be adjustable by a special cammed nut, lots of times on a solid axle rig bad camber is a bent axle...

take it to an alighnment shop and have it checked out.




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Re: Front Wheel/Tire leans in

Don't mean to sound basic, Is the Axle the steel tubing that you physically see, or is the axle the part that goes from the ring/pinion to to drive the wheels. If the problem was a bent axle wouldn't the tire visibly "wabble" back and forth while driving?

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Re: Front Wheel/Tire leans in

I guess I should have said " bent axle housing", the tube you SEE

does that clear it up?

ive heard/read 2 things about this:

1. on a solid front axle there is NO camber adjustment. out of camber is BENT axle housing

2. it might be adjustable, with a special ad on nut to the balljoints/steering knuckle, maybe this nut comes from the factory..


now you know as much as I do about solid front axle camber setting.
if it were mine, id take it to an alighment shop and get the free opinion.



hey BTW, you arent Jon from the Pirate BBS are you?


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Re: Front Wheel/Tire leans in

Jack up that side of the jeep, grab the tire at the top and pull/shake it. If there's any play, it could be either bad ball joints or a destroyed wheel bearing. I found out the hard way about the bad wheel bearing causing the "lean." If there's play, look around as you're shaking the tire and see if anything's happening at the ball joint. If you can't see movement there, pull the hub and check the wheel bearings. It's worth checking before you head to the alignment shop.

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Re: Front Wheel/Tire leans in

I have heard there is no Camber adjustment. I would suspect I need to shim the steering knuckle to solve the problem. I don't think it's a wheel bering, but I could sure look. It sounds like the camber is set at the factory, and the only way to fix it is to shim.... Where do I get shims, or should I just make them???

Maybe Jon from Pirate BBS, I think that was a long time ago...

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Re: Front Wheel/Tire leans in

goto an alighment shop, they have what you need

assuming it isnt the wheel bearings.

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Re: Front Wheel/Tire leans in

My old axle had a shim behind the spindle. It was thick on one side and thin on the other with several holes in it.
It could be turned to make the spindle point up or down. I moved it around and fixed my leaning wheel. When I swapped in the Dana 44 using the Dana 30 knuckles, I kept the shims for adjustment. Good Luck!

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