Originally Posted by knightmare1015
Ok kool. My knowledge is a bit "old school" and out of date a bit. That was what I was thinking about, the wheel bearings, but didn't post it. Mine was bad and had to be replaced. The tierods and ends play a huge roll in alignment. You've put in alot of stuff since you got it. Sounds like you've rebuilt the entire suspension from front to rear, rebuilt the engine and alot of other things as well. Hey can you tell me where I can get a better clutch, and throw out bearing by any chance?
I'm planning a "steering rebuild" soon. The previous owner told me when I purchased it that he kept tightening the gear mesh adjusting screw in the steering box "because it was loose" so I'm assuming the box is toast. Though it has not "loosened up" any on me since purchase.
I think I'll HAVE to do: Steering box, both tie rods, and both seperate ends. Just to make sure everything is new since it's a 30yr old truck that sees SERIOUS abuse.
I've rebuilt almost everything lol. I bought it and it ran on 3 and a half pistons (literally, half a piston was in the oil pan).
I opted for a Centerforce Dual Friction clutch. (came with throwout bearing and pilot bearing). I paid $190 for it on eBay, retail can be almost $300 though(!!). That being said, the same time we did my clutch we did a friends on his Ranger with a $75 napa special and it seems to be holding up great.
I have seen amazing success with the Centerforce Dual Friction in my 300hp Jeep, and 0 difference in pedal feel after 80,000mi.
This truck is designed to be the ultimate CHEAP NEW truck. So far the only things left I want to do are::
Steering (as stated above)
Glass ( needs windshield/ rear glass/ drivers mirror)
Interior cage (minimally invasive, simple 6point cage, 5 point harnesses)
5-Speed! I need a 5th gear sooooooo bad.
Right now its at $2429.51 total investment in the truck. My goal is under $3500 for EVERYTHING.
I think I may have my problem figured out!
An ASE master tech on another forum I'm on suggested that my welded rear differential may be the cause of my problems.
After some serious thought/ he's definitely right!
I'm scrubbing the outside of the front tires when turning because it's forcing understeer from the welded rear end "pussshing" the front out.
SOOO that AND having slightly positive camber would be doubly high tire wear.
SOOOOOO does anyone know of a company that makes adjustable ball joints for my ranger so I can dial in a slightly negative camber of -1* or -1.5*, to help offset it?