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I don't want to be "A Wanderer"!

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by jwduke, Apr 13, 2004.

  1. jwduke

    jwduke 1/2 ton status

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    I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    Ok, here goes..... I have replaced, with new, all tie rod ends, the drag link, all the ball joints, the steering box, & I bought backyardbuilt's steering shaft & installed it. I have also had it aligned. This thing still wanders, especially in grooves in blacktop. I notice, that I have play in my steering wheel, at a stop. Any ideas???
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    Get used to it. There is no cure when you are running wide tires. It's just the nature of the beast.
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    see I dont like the answer there HAS to be a way /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    I am guessing by the description of your truck (it sounds like you have put a lot of work into it) that you have at least one steering stabilizer shock connected to the tie rod arm...right? You can adjust some of the play out of the steering box by going to the adjusting stud located on top of the box.

    To adjust:

    1. Put your wheels in the straight ahead position

    2. Loosen the locking nut, and use a flat blade screw driver to screw the adjusting stud in, just until it seats snugly.

    3. Back adjusting stud off 1/4 turn.

    4. tighten the adjusting stud lock down nut.

    Other than that, what was said about trucks with large, off road tires not exactly handling like a Ferrari Testarossa is true.
     
  5. jwduke

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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    I really think you are right, I don't think I'm going to buy any more Mickey Thompson "Baja Belted" tires. But the price was right.
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    Yes I do have a new, single stabelizer. It is one of those Trailmaster coil-over type. I'll try the adjustment of the steering box.
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    [ QUOTE ]
    Mickey Thompson "Baja Belted"

    [/ QUOTE ] that there is the problem /forums/images/graemlins/whistling.gif
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    Stomper, why did I know you was going to tell me that??? /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif /forums/images/graemlins/rotfl.gif
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

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    see I dont like the answer there HAS to be a way /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif /forums/images/graemlins/confused.gif

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    It's all in the tires. Even my 12.5 wide MTR's will wander some. The wider the tire the worse it is going to be. You can adjust or replace anything you want but the only fix is narrower tires.
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

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    Yes I do have a new, single stabelizer. It is one of those Trailmaster coil-over type. I'll try the adjustment of the steering box.

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    If the box is new there should be no reason to adjust it. I think that adjustment is preload on the sector shaft and won't really help the wandering. However, if you get it too tight I think it will damage the box pretty quickly. /forums/images/graemlins/blush.gif
     
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    Re: I don\'t want to be \"A Wanderer\"!

    I would buy a steering box frame reinforcement plate, bolt that on, then double or even go with triple steering stabilizer's. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif /forums/images/graemlins/yikes.gif
     

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