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Old November 9th, 2005, 09:17 AM   #1
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I have a 95 XJ with a 4.5 RE lift. I have been noticing more and more wandering while driveing. I just upgraded from 33X9.5's to 33X12.5's. It seem to have gotten worse with the upgrade..

Does anyone know of a good alignment shop, that knows lifted Jeeps?
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Old November 9th, 2005, 09:54 AM   #2
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The ncrease in tire width wil cause the Jeep to "read" the road more. If you encounter a rut in the road, the truck will be more inclined to follow it. I suggest you put the stock tires and rims back on when you take it in to be aligned. Borrow some if you don't have them.

Other things to check are your track bar and steering shaft. Track bars are significant contributors to the condition you describe. The bolt holding the upper end to the frame loosens, sometimes creating a larger hole in an extreme case. In many cases, you can cure the problem just by tightening up the upper bolt, but it will most likely work itself loose again eventully.You also said it was lifted. if you have an adjustible track bar, make sure its tight at th adjustment point. Also inspect your steering shaft joints for slack.
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Belle Tire between John R and Stephenson directly across from Oakland Mall does a good job on lifted Jeeps. The alignment guy's good, and has done both of our Jeeps, and Rocky's as well. I know a guy that works there, so I trust them.
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Thanks guys! That Belle Tire is real close to my work!
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mines been wandering a lot lately, checked the ususal suspects, then noticed i have about 1" of steering wheel play each way. not sure if its the box or the shaft. i'd check your's too
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Just like PP said, it's more than likely your tires. Especially since you noticed it wandering more after you put three inch wider tires on.
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mines been wandering a lot lately, checked the ususal suspects, then noticed i have about 1" of steering wheel play each way. not sure if its the box or the shaft. i'd check your's too
borgenson(sp?) or flaming river are the way to go for replacement steering shafts. the stock u-joints wear out fast, especially on jeeps with larger than stock tires.

another note: older xj's and comanche's do not have a safety feature on the vibration isolator of the steering shaft!. The rubber deteriorates enough, you loose your steering

I had that happen on my 90 xj
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older xj's and comanche's do not have a safety feature on the vibration isolator of the steering shaft!. The rubber deteriorates enough, you loose your steering
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Do you have the RE drop brackets? If not, spend the money. You won't regret it.

If you have the drop brackets, adjust the toe yourself. Every time I've paid for an alignment the vehicle came back screwed up, and I've had to fix it myself, in the driveway.

It's very simple. First park the vehicle on a relatively flat surface. Jack up the front end and place jack stands under the front axle so the tires are just slightly off the ground. Have someone sit in the vehicle and hold the steering wheel straight. Then adjust the tierods so the front tires are toed in ever so slightly. You can tell by sighting down the edge of the tire, and seeing how straight it is in relation the the rear tire. It takes a few tries to get it right, but the results will surprise you.
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