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post #1 of (permalink) Old 11-12-2000, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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I have noticed since installing larger tires & a heavy duty steering stabilizer, my steering does not respond well going into turns on the road. When I turn the wheel it requires what seems to be 1/4 more turn. The wheel always never stays centered sometimes right then left of center going down the highway..I have replaced the rag joint and the problem has improved a lot but, it's is still there. Has anyone had problems with this? I was thinking of machining an aliminum disc to replace the joint. I suspect it's main purpose is to lessen steering shock through the steering wheel. When running large tires the weak rubber joint seems way too flimsy... Any input would be appreciated..
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mine was getting very worn,so I decided to be smart and reverse the connection and bolt the steering rod flange to the flange of the gear box.Luckily it broke in the yard not rolling,I guess that joint needs the flex of the rubber or else it'll break.

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E-Mail me with a description of your set up. I don't think it is the rag joint.

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I have the Calmini 5" lift Shackle reversal , SPUA, and 235/70/15 tires Otherwise stock. & HD steering stabilizer.. After installing the Calmini kit bumpsteer was a constant problem. The delayed steering problem started after installing a HD Steering Stabilizer.. It obvoiusly does a good job. This sammy only has 40k street miles, no worn parts that I could find..
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You need to keep that rag joint in there. There is a compound angle in your steering linkage and it needs the flex.

Here's a tip: ALWAYS keep a rag joint in your vehicle. We've had ours and seen others rip apart in the middle of nowhere. This is something to always have in your vehicle as a spare part!!!

On a side note, power steering systems put the power to your wheels after the rag joint. The rag joints will live forever (figuratively speaking) if you have a P/S kit. P/S kits also eliminate bumpsteer. They are the ultimate sterring shock!

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