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Stiff Steering after Total Chaos UCA + LCA Install

Discussion in 'Suspension' started by Double Down, Jun 10, 2021.

  1. Jun 10, 2021 at 4:29 PM
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    Double Down

    Double Down [OP] Well-Known Member

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    Looking for some help/advice.

    About 6 weeks ago I installed new front suspension on my truck: King 2.5 Extended travel coilovers, @TOTAL CHAOS Upper Control Arms, Stock Length Expedition Series Lower Control Arms plus Gusseted Spindles. Truck had 3k miles when everything was installed.

    After my alignment, the steering felt stiff to turn away from center. Essentially you have to manually bring the wheel back after turning - it won't center itself.

    I realize that the uniballs in the UCAs and LCAs will take time to break in, but its been ~1700 miles since everything was installed and it doesn't seem to be getting any better.

    Any thoughts or suggestions?

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  2. Jun 10, 2021 at 6:29 PM
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    su.brat

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    my front end is fully reinforced with all similar stuff. my steering is as you describe, but it does self-center when moving, but not at all like stock. and I'm on 265/70-17 E range. i really like it like this myself. your alignment is fine. what tires and pressures do you run?
     
  3. Jun 10, 2021 at 6:32 PM
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    GHOST SHIP

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    It’s the UCAs. I had a similar experience. It takes time but you can speed up the break in by turning the wheel lock to lock whenever you can- I used to do it at red lights. Just so you know it is bad for your tires to turn the wheels repeatedly while not moving, but up to you.
     
  4. Jun 10, 2021 at 8:24 PM
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    Running 285/75-16 E K02s at 34 psi.
     
  5. Jun 10, 2021 at 8:28 PM
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    I ran Total Chaos UCAs on my last truck and they were nothing like this.

    The Uniballs in the LCAs were crazy stiff when I installed them, very hard to move by hand.

    The UCA Uniballs felt like new ones but still moveable by hand with moderate force.
     
  6. Jun 10, 2021 at 8:59 PM
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    Then it’s the lowers.
     
  7. Jun 10, 2021 at 9:03 PM
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    6 weeks and 1700 miles of driving should have broken them in though right?

    Just want to make sure I’m not missing something here.
     
  8. Jun 10, 2021 at 9:08 PM
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    whatstcp

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    Throw some triflow on them.

    Just keep hitting the trails too
     
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