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Funky steering, another thing to check

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by dbozman, Mar 5, 2007.

  1. dbozman

    dbozman 1/2 ton status

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    Noticed my new (to me) '74 K5 steered and wandered very, very badly. As noted in another thread, both my front shackles were way bent.

    When I disassembed the front suspension today in preparation for installing the new shackles, I found that the PO had not properly installed the front springs. Instead of mounting the center pin down in the spring pads, the Rough Country springs had the pins reversed (nut side down) so the springs were basically just sitting atop the pads attached via U-bolts.

    I'm sure this was enough to let the front axle walk back and forth, affecting the track of the vehicle.

    Anyway, if you're having weird steering and have checked all the normal stuff -- and maybe your suspension was worked on by a previous owner -- this is another possibility.

    Question: Any need for 4-degree shims in the front for a 4-inch lift? I don't think so but want to be sure.
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  2. m1ndless

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    I will have to check this out, mine wanders alot.
     
  3. TexasBlazerBoy

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    I think the 4-degree shims could be to correct the pinion angle, but I am not sure.:confused: I think I have read were sometime the lift jacksup the pinion angle presenting the driver with driveline vibrations. Double check with the other guys though
     

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