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post #1 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 12:52 AM Thread Starter
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Steering does not recenter on turns

Anyone have any ideas why the steering would not recenter on the exit of a turn?
I have a 3" Dick Cepek lift with 32" tires and a stabilizer. I just purchased this CJ7 and these items were all installed.
Is this just a cause of larger than stock tires? Or would this be a symptom of an alignment problem?

I am getting used to spinning it back straight, but it realy sucks!


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Re: Steering does not recenter on turns

well usually when it doesnt center itself.. its because the caster angle is bad.. what that angle is the the angle of your ball joints.. you have a top and bottom one.. just inside the tire at the end of the axle.. they should have somewhere in the nieghborhood of +6 degrees of caster.. meaning the top ball joint is just tilting to the rear of the jeep.. if its pretty much straight up and down.. somewhere around 0 degrees of caster and if the top one is tilting towards the front of the jeep.. then that is negative caster and that is bad..
what probably happened was they might have installed some shims under the axle in the front when they put that lift on.. most come with these.. take a look up under there.. they will be between the springs and the axle (spring perch) will be a small shim in there.. you can take those out and it will bring the axle back to stock.. and should solve your problem..
they put that shim there for front driveshaft purposes.. and you rarely use it.. except when off roading and going slower than normal.. so a slight angle on it wont hurt it..

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post #3 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 06:56 AM
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Re: Steering does not recenter on turns

good call Jeepgod. I think its the same thing.

Was that lift just added? did you start noticing this after you installed the lift? Or was it a surprise? If you had shims, maybe one fell out.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 07:17 AM
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Re: Steering does not recenter on turns

Does it have a shackle lift in the front (which would also change the caster)? Other than that,I second what jeepgod said.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 08:43 AM
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Re: Steering does not recenter on turns

Another possibility being that the new steering stabilizer is a real stiff one, and that, combined with improper caseter angle will make it more difficult to return to center.


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post #6 of (permalink) Old 12-20-2000, 10:33 AM
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Re: Steering does not recenter on turns

It could possible be some thing simpler than JeepGod came up with, check the tires see if they are radials or bias ply tires some bias ply tires will not return to center after a turn.

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