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Old 04-15-2012, 01:03 PM
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Exclamation Alignment cams? Need advise

Alright guys I've searched this but would like confirmation before I go and waste money and maybe you guys could tell me exactly what I need. I have the 3" rough country lift but even before that I had a little wobble, and a lot of feedback in the steering wheel, kinda bouncing around on any bumps. New tie rods and wheel balancing took care of the wobble but I still have the "feedback" in the steering wheel and wants to wander around the road sometimes. I've taken it to a few different alignment shops and the lst one said I need alignment/caster cams. Here's my numbers

Left front. Right front
-0.3. 0.1
Camber. Camber

4.6. 4.6
Caster. Caster

0.03. 0.02
Toe. Toe

-0.04
Cross camber

0.0
Cross caster

0.05
Total toe


Everything is green except for the caster. Should that fix my steering? And also what degree cams should I get? Thanks in advance
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do you have factor radius arms and brackets or do u have a drop bracket or aftermarkert radius arm?
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Old 04-15-2012, 02:25 PM
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Drop bracket with factory radius arms
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Old 04-15-2012, 05:46 PM
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i do know a lack of castor will cause your steering to wonder but i thought that was when you are around 2-3* castor. you are almost at 5 which i belive 5-6* is prime if you can get it. castor shims arent cheep so its a pricey guess.

but to answer your orginal queation, i do belive more castor will help if not fix you problem from what i have read in here. cant speak from experiance. i have some, they are still in the box waiting to go in. just havent had the time
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Yea I didn't want to waste the $100 on them if that won't fix it but would spend it in a heartbeat if that fixes it
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Sounds more like bump steer to me....
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It also wanders a little, will pull to whichever side of the road has a lean, so normally right
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That is because you do not currently have any caster split to compensate for the road crown.
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How could I fix the bump steer? I have the track bar drop bracket, this drives me crazy
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How could I fix the bump steer? I have the track bar drop bracket, this drives me crazy
Does that drop bracket lower the trackbar mounting point or just move it ovver to center the axle. If it indeed drops it did the kit also include a dropped pitman arm. If not that may be what is inducing the bumpsteer.

Most of the high end suspension manufacturers use an adjustable track bar for kits under 5" and the track bar mounting point at the frame alone.

With close to 5 degrees of caster I doubt that any additional caster would improve things very much. What are you running for a steering stabilizer?
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