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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2000, 02:34 PM
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frontend out of control

I just dropped a sammy back down to stock,but left the doetsch shocks that come from the calmini shackle reversal lift on it.This is the problem once you reach speeds of about 35 mph hang on!! the frontend starts bucking,badly you can barely control the vehichle.Is this the shocks?I'm going to reinstall the stock sway bar,but what would cause this thing to get out of control?Any body else have these problems.

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post #2 of (permalink) Old 04-02-2000, 10:40 PM
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Re: frontend out of control

Sounds like they said mine would do if I put on my three inch longer shackles. Someone on line said it would set my camber off and I would have to put shims under springs. IT NEVER HAPPENED. MINE DRIVES FINE. Maybe your camber was way off before and someone put shims under springs and now that your back down to stock YOUR camber is off. Check to see if there are shims between your springs and mounts and if there are try removing them. Later ...Harry...

post #3 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2000, 02:28 AM
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Re: frontend out of control

Everything is bone stock,except it does have 2" xtended shackles.I'm guessing that the shocks are shot,but I ran the same setup on another sammy with a 2" body lift with 33" swampers and never had these problems.The only thing that changed is the shocks and the tire size.Its unbelievable how bad the frontend will start bouncing at certain speeds,feels like the front wheels are coming off.

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2000, 03:06 AM
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Re: frontend out of control

1987-88 Sam Steering and suspension system

Tighten up front steering with steering knuckle oil seals
and new felts. As Knuckel oil seals advance in wear front
wheel shimmy increases.Steering knuckles are part
articulated steering joint worn seals cause bad to wild
front tires Shimmy, loss of steering control?
Set tire Psi to nameplate rating on vehicle or 18psi front
20psi rear. After replacement of knuckles install new
OEM steering shock. Zuk Motor manual says to install steering
Knuckle with special seal grease I use HV-350 hard polymere or

See manual for OEM steering knuckle seal grease
Zuk Motor Specs Steering Knuckle oil seal replace every 18 mo.
or 22.5K mile as they are part of steering and suspension system.
See Zuk motor manual maintenance schedule 33 page 1-3
See Section 17 SUSPENSION Steering Knuckle oil seal Page 17-11
text located just below king pin bearing picture & 17-23.

post #5 of (permalink) Old 04-03-2000, 09:05 AM
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Re: frontend out of control

Its definetely not your shocks. The shocks would have nothing to do with a front end wobble.

1st guess- tire out of balance/bent wheel. Easy fix to to swap things around and see if that help.
2nd guess- toe-in set wrong. Measure your toe-in and correct if necessary.
3rd guess- bad or loose bearing.
4th guess- bad or loose rod end in your steering system.
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