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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-16-2000, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
 
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My damn jeep gives me a headache!I don't know why can anyone help me.Its a 76 5 ..It has new shocks on it...hmm.Well anyways I drove home to work today and everythings shaking pretty much.The highway was scary earlier because all of the top was shaking and it was noisy.Any bump I hit is really noticeable(this may be because i drove home from work at 2 a.m. Well is there anything I can do to remedy this?It makes me want to clech my teeth.Driving is a damn chore in this Jeep sometime!

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Re: shakey ride

Joey, remember a CJ5 is short wheelbase with the "normal" Jeep shackle setup. It's reversed from most other vehicles. When you hit a bump, the force of hitting the bump is moved foward toward the object you hit. The spring flattens in response to the bump. It's anchored at the back, so the axle and wheel move foward toward the object. This is because as the spring flattens, the growth goes foward.

Now this ain't a bad idea at slow speeds. When you're trying to get traction enough to go up, around and over things off-road the extra force will help. However, on the highway it can be nerve racking.

There are two answers to the problem:

1. Live with it and learn the CJ handling characteristicts, or;
2. Do a shackle reversal, take a look here at M.O.R.E.'s site for a good kit, as well as a description of what a reversal does:

http://www.mountainoffroad.com/catalog/srs/srs.htm

Without doing the shackle reversal, any bump, pothole, or rock in the road will be noticeable. The first time I took my CJ on the street, turned a corner and hit a pothole at 25mph I thought I was gonna die! The CJ seemed uncontrolable and prone to wander all over the street. It took a while to get used to how the CJ reacted to bumps and potholes.

Now if you're talking serious shaking, like a vibration in the wheels or steering when you're not hitting anything, now that's another matter. Give the Forum a little better description of the symptoms and the Formum readers can better address the problem.

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Re: shakey ride

A new steering stabilizer shock absorber will do wonders for your problem if yours is worn out.
Tie rod ends are the next thing to inspect, then the gear box and ball joints.
Jack up both front wheels and try to rattle the tires and feel for excessive play ...

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Re: shakey ride

Another thing if it's really vibrating is the motor mounts, what shape are they in? Also it all depends on the type of shocks and springs you have, the cheeper, the worse they ride. If you have really cheep shocks and springs that could make a differance. Also what shape are your bushings in, and uranthane bushings are susposed to give a harsher and more vipbration prone ride, it could also be that you don't have any left.
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Re: shakey ride

Im pretty sure they are really cheap shocks..I will have to check the front end later.The jeep has a new motor in it but the engine shakes a lot..I was kind of thinking that this could be it.I dont know how to tell if the mounts are broken or worn or not.When I'm driving just on a normal street its kind of stiff feeling..shaky also.When I hit a speedbump its real bad..so I just idle over those.

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