Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Nevada City, CA
Bronco Info: 1993 XLT 5.8 e4od/7.5" on 37's/4:56/shackle flip/3G/efan/cust steer/punisher v/b/saginaw/redhead
So i just finished getting the bronco driving perfect down the road (well as perfect as you can get a bronco to drive down the road). Here is what I had:
4 in lift with extended radius arms, tre flip, drop pitman, redhead steering box, new tierod ends, adjustable camber bushing, new ball joints and new 35" tires. Basically every steering component under the front end was new and improved, and the truck road great.
Well i couldn't have it driving great for long, nope... I decided to put in some new deaver 5.5" springs to give a little more clearance for the tires. Now, once i put the springs in and leveled everything out, the truck still drove fine even though the camber was off by a lot. so i brought it down to the local shop to have it aligned.
When i got the truck back id drove horrible. it was all over the road, and every time i hit a bump it wanted to take off. i brought the truck back to the shop to see what my $370 bought me. All of the alignment sheets look to be in order and they installed 2 new adjustable camber bushings because the old ones broke when they were adjusting them. I told them how bad it was driving and if they can get it closer to the adjustment that i had before i put on the new deavers. (i had the old alignment sheet with me). They said they would. My wife had to pick it up the next day. She called me from the road and told me to come pick up my FN truck because she couldn't keep it on the road, and got a ride home from a friend. I picked up the truck, and it was 10 times worse than before. I brought the truck back into the shop and we all put our heads together to figure it out what was going on with it. one option was that the new camber bushing might be binding. So i brought the truck home and pulled off the top nut holding it down, pulled off the tierod ends and it did seem a little tight. i tightened the nuts back to 3/4 of what the specs called for and drove it down the road, just to see if it would make a difference. it didn't. I brought it back to the shop and they are going to install new moog adjustable camber bushings next week, but i was wondering if anyone had these issues before, and what they did to fix it. Like i said, everything having to do with the front end is new and it was driving great before I brought it in for the alignment.
Here is what it does driving down the road:
The truck will start to drift a little, because of a bump or a line in the road. When you slightly turn the steering wheel back to compensate, it takes a few seconds for it to respond. Itís not really like there is play in the steering, but it actually take a minute for it to react to what you have done. It only does this with slight turns. When you are making a slight turn on the road and it hits a small dip in the road, it starts turning harder all by itself. Same thing with bumps. When you give it lots of gas, the truck pulls to the left, then when you let off, it pulls to the right.
Iím hoping someone has had similar issues and knows what is going on.
Thanks for any help.