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Leaning to one side

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by PR66, Nov 19, 2007.

  1. Nov 19, 2007
    PR66

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    Does anyone know why my 1978 CJ5 is leaning towards the driver side--could it be the shocks or springs?

    Thanks
     
  2. Nov 19, 2007
    jd7

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    High5

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    Do you only have one shoe on????

    Sorry,

    Happy Gilmore reference.

    Either springs or maybe the frame is tweaked.

    High5
     
  4. Nov 19, 2007
    trickpatrick

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    Could be alot of thing's mine was doing that in front.
    But when a rebuilt the back axle and perchs ect.
    It was gone.
     
  5. Nov 19, 2007
    jd7

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    Dana

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    Mine does, too. I've read here previously that they came from the factory that way. The dealerships would cut the high side's body mounts in half to fix the lean.
     
  7. Nov 20, 2007
    BLACKMGTD

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    PR66,
    To find out where the lean is coming from, you will have to take measurements from a few points on each side of the CJ to find out where the discrepancy is. Park it on a hard flat surface. Make sure all tires are inflated to the same pressure. Measure from all of the spring bushings to grade. Measure from the body mounting points on each side to grade. Measure from various points on both sides of the frame to grade. Sooner or later you will find out where the problem is. You might even find more than one measurement that is not even on both sides.

    Hope this helps,
    SPW
     
  8. Nov 20, 2007
    Boyink

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    Mm...that would have been tough as the original body mounts were just a strip of tire rubber.
     
  9. Nov 20, 2007
    Fnord5

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    I thought the same thing. It would be far easier to just add to the low side than to remove the high side mounts, cut them down, then re-install.

    My girlfriends dads 74 has a slight lean too. I am going to have to read the above mentioned thread now.

    It is so slight, it looks like the front drivers side tire is low, but all have same pressure.
     
  10. Nov 21, 2007
    Dana

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    I have no idea. That is repeated from posts I've read before on this topic.
     
  11. Nov 22, 2007
    Strider380

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    mine had bad body mounts causing the front clip to sag. I welded in channels for new subframeing. what a difference.
     
  12. Nov 22, 2007
    willys59cj5

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    My '78 leans to the drivers side too. I figure it just gives it more characterR)
     
  13. Nov 24, 2007
    greencj5

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    The '72 Renegade I am working on had the lean also. I found it was being caused by the triangular front body mount being broken causing the body to lean left. It is the piece that attaches to the angular floorboard (one on each side) and attaches to the hat channel on the bottom. The body mount is also part of this. This was the cause in my CJ - yours may be different.
     
  14. Nov 24, 2007
    mcgillacuddy

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    Anyone ever have one lean to the right?...Every CJ I have ever owned that leaned....leaned to the left...Maybe time to diet:)
     
  15. Nov 24, 2007
    timgr

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    Mine leans to the right.
     
  16. Nov 24, 2007
    Max Verzenski

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    Mine did too. I fixed it with a piece of tire rubber and a bolt.. Not perfect, but much better.
     
  17. Feb 22, 2009
    93WHITELXCOUPE

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    So does mine. But it is probably due to the fact that my passenger side floor and supports are rotted away.:(
     
  18. Feb 22, 2009
    rixcj

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    Yep. Seems to be a factory thing. I found where my frame had the discrepancy, and fixed it...
     
    Last edited: Feb 22, 2009

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