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    need suggestions on what to try next:

    i have a 79 cj5 with 35 in boggers. over 35 mph and you cant keep it on the road.. tried stabilizer bars, changing out springs...any suggestions

  • #2
    you could try dual steering stabilizers, im talking about the shock type. also i saw something on ebay that was supposed to stop wondering of the tires, dont remember the name, or know if it works.

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    • #3
      Have you checked the caster angle?
      I would go that route first. Then check ball joints and u-joints, you might want to check the tires to make sure they are balanced.
      You really don't get to specific on what is happening so I am assuming that you are talking about bump steer and road wander.
      Bump steer can be fixed by making your steering flat. The rest can be a pain the the rear to find.

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      • #4
        what i mean about keeping it on the road:

        at 30-35 mph i can have good control and at any given moment, the steering wheel just lets go and the jeep may dart to the right and then back to the left , very unstable

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        • #5
          may also want to make sure that your frame isnt cracked near the steering gear.

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          • #6
            More than likely your tires are not balanced. I had a buddy that just bought the 38.5 x11 boggers and his tires are out of round. Also with a set of boggers you are going to have sway. Its the nature of the tire. Also on pavement those tires are only going to last you about 20k miles.

            I would start by checking to see if the tires are out of round.
            Have the tires rebalanced(with a bogger this is pretty useless to begin with)
            Then follow the rest of the suggestions above. A steering dampner really only masks a true problem. So before you throw more shocks on it find the problem and correct it.

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            • #7
              i agre with jeepingoat. i had a F250 did the exact same thing only 38.5s @ 40-45(speedo not adjusted) turned out after replacing ALL front components and having tires retread & balanced, frame was cracked just above the axles allowing the steering box to flex@ speed. Oh yeah, i own jeeps now that was my first 4x.

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              • #8
                check the front end out -tires balance - there is no reason why it should not stay on the road at all

                I just did the 1/4 mile in my jeep with 36" radial swampers and a 4" lift and it went as stright as a arrow and did a 13.6 @ 95.78 mph my best time of the day

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                • #9
                  this jeep has not been built to drive on the highway...it is definitely for mud bogging...but on a fast track in the mud...i cant hold it straight...i did balance the tires, as much as they would allow. These tires are big 35 inch boggers 16.5 in wide so i was thinking about trying a buddies tires that are 38's, but 11inches wide just to see if there is a difference, what do you think?? but thanks for the suggestion about the crack ill check that this evening when i get home.

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                  • #10
                    Also, if it when you try to turn you get resistance then breaks loose: you need to check the axle u-joints. When they get stiff they can also cause problems like this.
                    This may not be your case as you say you have no problem in 4wd. Most of the time a stiff u-joint will be worse when in 4wd. But it wouldn't hurt to check.

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                    • #11
                      thanks for the tip on a cracked frame...it panned out..gonna work on it saturday ill let you guys know if it helps....i did put on some smaller tires but it didnt work ...so we will see

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by fuzz401
                        check the front end out -tires balance - there is no reason why it should not stay on the road at all

                        I just did the 1/4 mile in my jeep with 36" radial swampers and a 4" lift and it went as stright as a arrow and did a 13.6 @ 95.78 mph my best time of the day
                        holy sh!t!!! you did 95 in a jeep? thats crazy....you must have big cahones.

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                        • #13
                          were you on the street???

                          my jeep has a 304 with a 3 speed tranny...tell me the details of what all you are doing to your jeep

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by CJ71985
                              you could try dual steering stabilizers, im talking about the shock type. also i saw something on ebay that was supposed to stop wondering of the tires, dont remember the name, or know if it works.
                              I am going to go check this out tomorrow morning. I will let you know how well it is constructed, installation, etc. I've met the guy before and he deals in Jeeps quite often and they sell for a premium once he works on them. He will not sell junk. Stay tuned for the update tomorrow.

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