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Alignment issue ???

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by sjcruiser, Sep 17, 2003.

  1. sjcruiser

    sjcruiser

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    Hi all,

    With all the diffs locked, and on a level ground, my steering wheel is almost 30degree favoring the right - thus the very strong directional pull.

    Without the diffs locked, the vehicle tracks straight - no pulling/wandering at any speed despite the fact that the steering wheel does not point exactly at 12 o'clock (still favoring the right).

    What could went wrong here ? I had alignment done at the dealer almost a year ago.

    Any inputs are greatly appreciated!

    Frank.
     
  2. cruiserdan

    cruiserdan SupportingVendor Emeritus Supporting Vendor Moderator

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    A pull with the diff locked leads me to believe that the tires are mis-matched. As the locked diff turns both sides at the same rate the only variable would be the height of the tires. The tires should be identical and have the same ammount of tread remaining AND the same inflation pressure.


    D- ;)
     
  3. sjcruiser

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    Dan,

    The rubbers are about a year old; and evenly worn (no shimmy/vibration at all). The pressure is 32psi all around (I'm very skeptical about this).

    Frank.
     
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    landtank SILVER Star

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    Frank, this is a bone stock Cruiser, no mods of any kind.
     
  5. sjcruiser

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    Lantank,

    Yup, almost stock besides the OME861/862 low lift package (no caster correction kit).

    Frank.
     
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    I got nothing, can't even remember reading of anyone here or anywhere with that setup.

    Good-luck
     
  7. cruiserdan

    cruiserdan SupportingVendor Emeritus Supporting Vendor Moderator

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    I'll try mine on hard ground on the way home tonite, I don't recall a pull but I'll see how It acts.

    D-
     
  8. sleeoffroad

    sleeoffroad Supporting Vendor

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    Any truck will pull with the lockers on. Your steering wheel is out of alignment either due to the lift in the springs or you bent your drag link. Check the draglink for straightness. If straight adjust to get the steering wheel straight. Also check your steering box to see if the splines on the sector shaft is not twisted. Unusuall, but can happen in a major accident.