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73 Cj5 Leaning To One Side?

Discussion in 'Intermediate CJ-5/6/7/8' started by TB73CJ, Oct 10, 2019.

  1. Oct 10, 2019
    TB73CJ

    TB73CJ New Member

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    My CJ has a lean - driver’s side - seems to be pretty significant. Not super knowledgeable about jeeps but as a new owner happy to learn. Any ideas???
     
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    47v6

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    They all do this and we don't know why. Some are worse than others. Its a a great jeep mystery!
     
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    TB73CJ

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    Wait, what??? Are you serious?? Haha that’s awesome if that’s a thing. Gonna read up on it.

    Is there a way to fix it for us OCD Jeep peeps?

    Would “fixing” it cause other things to be problematic? Like when your spine gets out of alignment? :)
     
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  4. Oct 10, 2019
    sgogpn

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    This has been a factor on the early CJ’s since the beginning. It’s just one of their endearing qualities.
    When you factor in the engine being located more to the drivers side, the gas tank located under the drivers seat, and the driver’s weight all on the same side with only 1.75” wide springs it’s easy to understand.
    The factory tried to address it once upon a time by putting a spacer between the spring and axle to drop the right side to be more level with the left but apparently it didn’t catch on. Even the Intermediates with their centered rear fuel tanks still had the lean.
    Once they changed to wider springs in 76 the droop was pretty much alleviated.
    For me, I developed the habit of pushing the roll bar toward the passenger side everyime I get out to level the springs back up so I don’t have to notice the lean.

    FWIW,
    Mike
     
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  5. Oct 10, 2019
    timgr

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    Search for "Jeep lean" - you will find lots of discussion. site:earlycj5.com Jeep lean - Bing

    Yes, they lean. Seems to be a characteristic of leaf-sprung live axle vehicles.
     
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  6. Oct 10, 2019
    dane71

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    Cruiser lean is also a thing, it's not just us!
     
  7. Oct 11, 2019
    txtoller

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    I guess, changing it to a right hand drive, to level out, would be a cool build...be sure to take lots of pictures!:whistle:
     
  8. Oct 11, 2019
    johneyboy03

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    Sway bar...only sollutions....
     
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  9. Oct 11, 2019
    Iandavidh

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    would a sway bar correct some of the lean?
     
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    sgogpn

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    I always thought that the factory
    missed the boat when they named the sway bar; they should’ve named them
    “flex inhibitors”

    FWIW,
    Mike
     
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    johneyboy03

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    it will certainly help keeping it strait.
     
  12. Oct 13, 2019
    numbersix

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    Could also be a twisted frame. My frame was three inches lower on drivers side, much like your picture. Previous owner wheeled it hard and somehow still twisted a fully boxed frame. I can't recall what year jeep started boxing the frames but I'm pretty sure your 73 is open.
     
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  13. Oct 14, 2019
    Focker

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    Yes



    Don't look back at your Jeep...That's what I do.
     
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  14. Oct 14, 2019
    TB73CJ

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    :rofl: Any way to fix a twisted frame???
     
  15. Oct 14, 2019
    dane71

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    It was fun seeing my bare frame sitting on concrete, it was like a chair with one leg too short. I got it straightened at a body shop and its perfect now but I only did that because the axles weren't perfectly inline from a hit or something under the previous owner. I dont think a lean would be worth the time and money to fix like that.

    I think it just wants to be parked in the dirt :lol:
     
  16. Oct 14, 2019
    47v6

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    Mine was twisted too, so I made a new one. Still has begun a slight jeep lean.
     
  17. Oct 14, 2019
    TB73CJ

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    As long as it doesn't 'hurt' the jeep - I'm fine with the character of it.
     
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    Beach66Bum

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    Anything more than 3/4” of an inch lean, I would also check the body mounts, springs, and the shackles. I had a frozen shackle on the passenger side that was causing a lean on the drivers side.
     
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  19. Nov 12, 2019
    browncoat

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    Would you believe that right hand drive models in Australia also lean.
    But to the opposite side that you guys do.

    I have a theory that it is partially the drivers weight being a constant factor and road camber might come into it as well.
     
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  20. Nov 12, 2019
    Shootinok

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    just call it Ilene
     
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