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Old 01-03-2005, 04:20 PM   #1
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I have resently installed a 3.5 inch lift on my 94' ZJ. It is on stock control arms, 3.5 inch Rubicon springs and it has a Kevins trakbar convestion. I had it aligned. My jeep has a smooth ride, but it wanders at highway speeds. It did not do this untill after the lift was installed. I have to work hard to keep the jeep inbetween the lanes. I can notice the wander more when the freeway has deep groves in it. It is not a DW. I put a Procomp steering damper on it thinking it would help the wandering but I could not tell a difference. Why does the jeep do this and how can it be fixed. Could the mud terrain tires afect this problem, would a rear trakbar help.
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:03 PM   #2
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what are you using for sway bar links?
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Old 01-03-2005, 06:36 PM   #3
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check all the steering linkages and control arms for wear/looseness
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Old 01-03-2005, 08:56 PM   #4
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I have Rubicon generation 2 sawy bar discos.
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Old 01-03-2005, 10:26 PM   #5
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hit me up some time 925 330 5301 I live in Lafayette and I might be able to take a look if I were to crawl under your rig
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Old 01-04-2005, 12:17 PM   #6
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If you are running stock control arms with 3.5" of lift, there is no way you have proper caster. Insufficient caster will cause wandering.

You said you had it aligned? what was your caster? you need to get it as close to 7 as possible.

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Thanks for the help everyone. I think im going to take it back to the guy that aligned it before, because he thinks it might be caused by too much toe in.
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Old 01-04-2005, 05:12 PM   #8
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Insufficient caster will cause wandering.
x2 my jeep wandered like crazy until I got the castor adjusted properly, however, you most likely will be unable to achieve proper castor with stock arms.
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Old 01-06-2005, 05:51 PM   #9
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Also after you put your lift on and got it aligned. The springs could have settled a little bit toeing your tires out. Then one tire would take control over the other and vice versa.
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Replace the unibody.
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