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Old 06-29-2014, 01:10 PM
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Re: sway or wandering?

This has my attention as my wife likes the wj except for the sloppy handling. Maybe this is another option other than a trade.
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Re: sway or wandering?

They cost me $150 plus shipping. I have been told that the rear OEM LCA's are a big source of wandering when you lift it. When you give it gas the axle will torque toward the front on the passenger side, causing you to compensate with the steering. I think the rears would make a big difference as well. I had instablity in the front and I needed to deal with that first. I am probably going to do the rears within a month or two. Just be SURE to torque them with the full weight on the springs. That is where people end up destroying bushings and then blame the manufacturer. People on the net talk shit about Rusty's bushings but they are genuine CLEVITE bushiings. Supposedly the best there is.
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Re: sway or wandering?

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They cost me $150 plus shipping. I have been told that the rear OEM LCA's are a big source of wandering when you lift it. When you give it gas the axle will torque toward the front on the passenger side, causing you to compensate with the steering. I think the rears would make a big difference as well. I had instablity in the front and I needed to deal with that first. I am probably going to do the rears within a month or two. Just be SURE to torque them with the full weight on the springs. That is where people end up destroying bushings and then blame the manufacturer. People on the net talk shit about Rusty's bushings but they are genuine CLEVITE bushiings. Supposedly the best there is.
Thanks for the additional info. Considering my options right now and this looks good to me.
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Re: sway or wandering?

Been thinking about this post this morning...

Between the rear upper ball joint, lower control arms, and front control arms there is potential for much wear and play in the suspension.
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Re: sway or wandering?

I took it out on the highway. At higher speeds it still wanders a bit, especially when going on and off the throttle. That is attributable to the rear LCA's and that stupid oval cutout bushing. Been researching the net and found several complaints about it and it being solved with new rear LCA's. I certainly am not going to put OEM arms back on and have it come back as soon as they break in. OEM arms cost as much as Rusty's fixed arms. I was looking around and the pricey JKS arms have the same CLEVITE bushing as the cheap Rusty's arms. I think it's a no brainer!
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Re: sway or wandering?

I had been considering a trade because of the sloppiness until this morning when I learned my drive to work will take me on large amounts of gravel roads daily. The recent storms and flooding wiped out an already questionable bridge on a main state route. The WJ does much better any gravel than any car does. Thanks for this thread!
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Re: sway or wandering?

Some shots. Install was a piece of cake, I'm used to adversity Haha. If my corroded bolts came out easy yours should too.

If you have a helper to rock the tire it is super simple. (I didn't)
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Re: sway or wandering?

I am thinking the facts in this thread are "sticky" worthy!
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Re: sway or wandering?

After driving to work and back, the steering is much more precise and responsive. At high speed there is still some wander when you get on the gas. As I said that is the rear LCA's and their sloppy bushing. On a winding road it steers like a new truck. That bad wobble and bumpsteer in the right front is pretty much gone as far as I see so far. If you hit a sharp hole there is just the expected reaction that you would get out of any truck and it is the same on both sides now. Before I put the arms on I wouldn't drive it on the highway. I will be doing the rears for sure from the results I have seen.
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Re: sway or wandering?

Saw these on another forum as an option too:
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purchase a pair of Core lower front arms to replace my Rocky Road Arms which proved to be to long(16 1/4) for my WJ. The reason for the replacement is to get my pinion angle back where it should be and get rid of my vibration in the front shaft. I was going to go with IRO but read they are to long too. The Core Arms can be set as short as 15". In the pictures I have them set at 16" and you can see how much adjustment I have. These things are very well built. Shipping took less then a week. I'll probably buy the front uppers and rear in the future rather than replace the bushing in the stock arms. Highly recomended.

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Front lowers 15.75"
Front uppers 14.9"
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Re: sway or wandering?

My new arms measured 16" on center exactly.
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Re: sway or wandering?

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My new arms measured 16" on center exactly.
Which is about perfect for your lift. I am afraid of them on a stock setup.


Here are the front uppers/lowers in a package deal.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Upper-and-Lo...item232fde2d24
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