Wandering steering

Discussion in 'Lowered and Bagged Suspension' started by sparetimefab, Aug 9, 2019.

  1. sparetimefab

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    Here it goes. 99 suburban lowered 4/6 new tie rods, new djm upper and lower control arms with new ball joints and bushings, new idler arm, new pitman arm, New steering box, new power steering pump, new intermediate shaft, new belltech shocks, new rotors and bearings, new leaf springs. Everything feels tight. Ive had it aligned 3 times and i cant get it to stop wandering all over. It doesn't pull but just randomly goes either way. When i correct the steering it always over corrects the opposite way. I am fed up and dont know what else to do. Thanks in advance for any help.[​IMG]

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    evilunclegrimace Does not always play well with others

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    Is the shop that is aligning the truck setting the caster correctly? Does the steering bind while turning the tires side to side by hand with the truck supported on jack stands under the control arms? Is the steering box adjusted to tight at center? Is everything greased properly? Do the tie rod assemblies twist/rotate by hand when you grab the adjusting sleeve and try to twist/rotate them? Is the idler arm bound up?
     
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    ...and when the control arms were torqued down was the suspension at full droop or at ride height...not directly related but just another potential gotcha since it was apart.

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    Maybe this will help, maybe not but I experienced this problem with my 2011 Corvette, very annoying I might ad. So I had it aligned and it still did it, finally I changed to brand new tires of another brand, and aligned again plus road force balanced, now some where in doing this the problem was solved, car goes straight and true now. FWIW I believe it was my old tires but cant prove it
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    Which is correct?

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    Hows your rag joint? mine was wondering bad, the rag joint was toast, I replaced it with the XJ steering ujoint mod. 100% better
     
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    At ride height

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    I put a new complete intermediate shaft with rag joint on it.

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    I actually thought this was the issue and put the stocks back on the burb, but no change.

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    The caster is set to JDM's specs. I called them for reference. No binding, all bushings and joints lubed with synthetic grease. Everything feels correct.

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