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Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

I took delivery of my 2015 rubicon a week ago. Trying to get used to the steering that floats,
darts, or tracks on it's own. Seems like I'm constantly straightening or steering it. Is this " A Jeep Thing"? I'm new and love this machine.


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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

It actually sounds like your electronic front sway bar is in disconnect mode. By what you are explaining you shouldn't have that much handling issues. Try hitting the switch to reconnect on the dash.
Hope this helps.
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It actually sounds like your electronic front sway bar is in disconnect mode. By what you are explaining you shouldn't have that much handling issues. Try hitting the switch to reconnect on the dash.
Hope this helps.
Bruce
Thanks! I'll try that but there is no indicator that it is disconnected.
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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

You are correct, there is no indicator saying it is disconnected. Maybe an idiot dash light would be nice.
I hope that's all it is and your steering is solved.
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Thanks! I'll try that but there is no indicator that it is disconnected.

You're right, when it disconnects there is a dash light that comes on. It will flash if it is trying to connect or disconnect and if disconnected and working properly it will automatically attempt to reconnect if your speed goes above 15mph.

My '15 Rubicon Unlimited actually had a faulty sway bar and switch (covered under warranty) and would not DIS-engage when I needed it to. All is good now though.

You may want to checkout this link about sloppy steering though: http://www.fourwheeler.com/how-to/15...oblem-solving/


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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

I'd check tire inflation too. Sometimes they come from the factory close to 45psi, while 35 is recommended. Shouldn't cause the kind of trouble you're having, but might help


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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

If the sway bar was disconnected you'd know it because your knuckles would be white all the time while driving on the road. The plain honest answer is that they just don't handle that great on the road compared to a car or SUV you'll get used to the way it steers after a time, but just will never handle that great. Nature of the beast. I run my stock BFG's around 34 psi to soften the ride and stabilize the steering. Wait till you trailer something relatively big down the interstate on a windy day. It's a workout.


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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

Once the BFG's get some scuff on them and you drop the pressure down (37 psi here), it behaves nicely. Coming from an RX-8, it was a big change; and as another member put it - "it was like driving on snakes" at first. 5000 miles now, and it's a piece of cake.
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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

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Once the BFG's get some scuff on them and you drop the pressure down (37 psi here), it behaves nicely. Coming from an RX-8, it was a big change; and as another member put it - "it was like driving on snakes" at first. 5000 miles now, and it's a piece of cake.
I think that was me. I've got all four running at 37psi and that really helped. A little time on the tires helped, too.

All in all, it's still a little 'darty' compared to my previous Z71 Ext Cab, but that's mainly the short wheel base and springy undercarriage.
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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

I've got the same thing. Even put on new Duratracs. The ride is better but highway speeds are scary. 2015 JKURHR feels very "floaty"


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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

Thanks everyone. 1500 miles now and things are much better. Been messing with psi. Pretty much the same 30 to 37.
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Re: Steering my Rubicon Unlimited

For those new to jeep Wranglers.....they just drive like this, specially if you notice this when new.......since the 07+ JKU platform was released it got better, but know they do not drive straight, for the most part, like other vehicles. As stated you can play/adjust your tire pressures, but tires size/width, any suspension mods, uneven hwy/roads/rutted, and wind all affect the wrangler steering. To some the jeep it is horrible, others liveable, and others normal driving characteristics of wranglers. You will get used to it and learn to love your jeep.

If the wrangler has some miles on it, there can be a few other suspension steering components that could contribute to floaty fluttery steering. Check draglink ends, tie rod ends, ball joints etc....if any are workout it will be noticeable.


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