Originally Posted by Biljol
Hey, so I got the box swap done but even after an alignment it’s pulling to the right. I have a feeling the guys did not get the line up right on the steering box and now the trw is not sitting at the top when going straight.
Does that seem like a possibility?
Crazy knight your pm is full could not send this to you.
Greetings. Headed to Josams to get mine aligned tomorrow. I won't go into a lot of details but this is the third alignment for me. This one is because of some experimenting by me after all the mods that can be done.
Watts links, front and back.
X bars in the back,
New TRW steering box,
Source Engineering sway bars,
Source Engineering ride check valves,
Intstalled a safe-t-plus to try to help once all the mods were done to help keep it centered. I built a trim kit for it to help with the "Pull to the right". It compensated but added too much wheel effort as far as I was concerned. It was NOT the solution and it now rests in the landfill.
I decided to remove the shims the previous alignment shop had installed between the axel and frame part. Doing that at home in the driveway was doable but it was a one way street. No way could I re-install them myself.
I sure wish I had NOT done that now and will pay for my education tomorrow but will be happy with the knowledge that everything that can be done is and can share the expensive lesson.
A couple of the really creative folks on the steering link thread worked heavily on the issue of pulling to the right. Going so far as building some sort of thrust angle adjustment but alas, their efforts were for not.
One of them has some experience in the past with weighing vehicles and doing precise tire pressure setting. He will likely chime in here with more details.
His solution is simple and I will not get into any arguments weather it works or not or is proper. I can tell you it has worked for me and I can’t be happier.
After the alignment I will be glad to experiment and share those results but I suspect the adjustment will need to be even less.
The brainy buddy asked about the weight of the rv and mentioned I probably had a refer on the right and loaded things heavy on that side as well. Of course that is natural for me.
So the solution is to run about ten pounds higher on the right side of the rv. Not exceeding any (perfect pressure for weight).. The rolling resistance becomes a bit less and seems to have solved the mysterious pulling to the right.
I have heard the pulling to the right issue for many years and no workable solutions have come up.
If you have the print out of the alignment I would love to have it to print out for the tech. If you have his name that would be great and maybe I can discuss the pulling to the right issue.
Did they do a test drive before and after???
After removing the shims the steering effort increased, it felt like the safe-t-plus had been reinstalled. So going down the road and making all those minute changes from road bumps and humps the pressure to turn the wheel is noticeable.
This dangerous white knuckle beast has been tamed over the years and probably the reason I only have 50K miles on it was do to the scary white knuckle handling it once had. Diverting your eyes the buttons for just a second could be fatal in those days. Not exaggerating and I'm sure many folks have experienced that.