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steering wander solved!

I just replaced my track bar with one from Thuren Fabrication. WOW! Huge improvement in overall front end feel on the road, and the wander is almost completely gone! This has left me with two conditions though...

1. My steering wheel is off center by about 15 degrees to the right. I think I read that this was to be expected, and it makes sense in geomotry terms,(truck was lifted 2", and then the axle was recentered with the new trackbar) does anyone know where to find a write up on how this can be adjusted?

2. I still have a small bit of slop on the input side of my steering gear box. the box is tight to the frame, with no noticable flex, but I can grab the input shaft by hand and roll it back and forth freely a slight bit before theres any resistence or effect on the linkage. I'm guessing this is the source of my last little bit of wander. Can this be adjusted on the gear box?

I have been replacing parts and chasing this wander problem for the past 35K miles, I'm just amazed at the difference this bar made. Driving as long as I did with the worn stock bushings, the holes in the bar where the bushings go were ovaled out. I'm guessing that it also overstressed the track bar to axle housing bolt, cause it snapped rather easily on the reinstall. I wound up driving 2 1/2 hours round trip to get a replacement bolt to get this back together before Monday morning.

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Really? Nobody has any input on this? I cant drive with my head tilted forever.

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You can re-center the wheel by adjusting the drag link that runs from the pitman arm down to the tie rod. Youe sterring box box should have an adjsuter on the bottom that can be tightened up a little although it sounds like you might be looking at a new box soon. A steering brace like the one from BD Diesel can help tighten things up a bit and help extend the life of the replacement box when you get it.

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If the steering box is power the 'some' slack is required to operate the valve.

That said the normal wear adjustment is opposite the sector shaft, an adjustment screw with a locknut. Center the box in the center of its travel and use 2 fingers to find the point of resistance and back slightly for clearance. Well worn boxes have 1/2 to 2 turns of excess slack.

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to adjust the pump. there is a allen key(not sure what size) and a 5/8(if i remember corretcly) jam nut. losen the jam nut and turn the allen key all the way in until it bottoms out. dont go cray with it, just until it stops. then back it off 1/2 to a full turn. then hold the allen key and tighten up the jam nut. see if that helps. you can over adjust the pump but you will notice it right away when you drive it. if its too tight the steering wheel wont return to center. play with that a little bit and that should tighten it up. as for the steering wheel id say just get an alignment done. after doing work like a track bar, it should be re-aligned on a machine. plus the shop should check all steering and front end componets before they adjust anything and they'll let you know if you have any issues such as ball joints, wheel bearings, ect.. let us know how you make out

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If the box has movement along the shaft FROM the steering wheel, get an other box.

If the sector adjustment is just a little tight it will be drifty, not want to return to center but no obvious pressure crossing center.

If it has no slack or was adjusted off of center there will be a tug crossing center. DO NOT run it this way unless you want to replace the box, back the adjustment 1/2 turn.

The major check after a track bar is wheel base, measure both sides with the wheels STRAIGHT. Jack each front wheel and pry ( 4-500 # ) up on the wheel while looking for movement at the ball joints.

The off center on the wheel is the link that connects the steering box to the axle, not the arms. Most have adjustment sleeves - loosen the 2 clamps and turn the sleeve until the wheel is straight. Tighten the clamps.

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