Sorry took so long, was cropping and down-sizing my '46 WILLYS into a Avatar.
Not an expert on alignment, nor mechanic, or paid at this site. Got here like you. Owned nothing but CJ5s and 1 Willys since I started driving in 1981........Have been my own mechanic for most of this time. I am very knowlegable on most problems, have rebuilt 3 of my own from GRD - UP......helped on many more. Your lift may affect Caster.
Toe in----Toe out .....refers to frt of wheels being closer or further apart
Camber.....is the top of your tires leaning INWARD or OUTWARD (viewed from frt. a "V" or a NEG. "V".........Camber to my understanding, coupled w/ caster helps keep you straight
CASTER is these above elements, coupled with ROTATING the whole AXLE rearward (using the welded on spring mounts[factory] or using Wedge-like shims between the springs and their mounts.... to "manually[EZ]" rotate axle, without grinding off and re-welding the spring mounts) .....CASTER is BASICALLY making your wheels track like a SHOPPING CART. Helps Jeep steer itself.
I just changed my steer gear for excessive play, it would stay straight if I held slight pressure L or R (did not wander by itself, up to 60 mph) if measured from 12 o'clock around wheel I had 5 inches of play (L or R depending on "HUMP in center of road, which side I was on)......now have 3/4 inches of play, found OEM Saginaw steering gear on Ebay for $179 could not pass it up
......Whats your thoughts?.....Love, Turddog (slow typer)
ORIGINAL PLAYLIKE A FULL 1/8 OF A TURN ! ! !
NEW GEAR, ZEROED (CENTERED), INSTALLED (little play now)
Note homemade steering gear Brace (saved about $60) attached to FRONT Towing Reciever [closest to you]
TO anchor bolt on gear (angle iron covering green), RT side of output on gear, FRAME does not TORQUE or twist while steering (this was additional lost motion, or play)
Can also tell you the secret on how your HEAT/ VENT works .....if you don't know you may not be getting 100% from heater!
Wednesday, February 17th, 2010 AT 10:22 PM