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 Posted: Tue May 15th, 2018 05:39 pm
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So, my daily driver (saab 9-5) was damaged last week when a guy a couple of cars ahead of me had a blow out, and the tire bits damaged my car.. while I'm waiting for replacement parts to show up, I've been driving my truck daily, something I haven't done in over half a year, and I forgot just how floaty the front end feels. I did not, but I'm 99% sure the PO torqued the t-bars. I put KYB shocks on the front when I got it, but it still feels floaty and it takes a bit to keep the front end going the same direction. is there something I should start looking at to fix, or is this just part of the front end being lifted up, or just part of driving a 20 year old truc?. I will say, is much better than my '89 XJ on 33" MT tires was, but after driving a sedan for the last 6mo every day, It seems worse than I remember it being.



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The natural starting point would be a complete front end inspection. Remember, when components/adjustable settings are changed from stock and unless someone else has done the exact same things that you are changing/doing, the outcome (ride, handling, etc) will be unproven until it hits the road for a test drive and evaluatin.



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floaty = check your sway bar links and bushings, also tire pressures.
After that its a shake down test as stated above. Looking for looseness in the ball joints or wheel bearings and tie rods, finally check alignment with a tape measure and angle gauge



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Mines 18 years old, has bad tires and does not float at all. Yours should not either. For your safety please have it checked.



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It sounds to me either something is loose in the f/e or steering, or the alignment is off. Check your tires also.



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410customs wrote:
floaty = check your sway bar links and bushings, also tire pressures.
After that its a shake down test as stated above. Looking for looseness in the ball joints or wheel bearings and tie rods, finally check alignment with a tape measure and angle gauge

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I had The bolt holding the bushing break last year on the end of the sway bar. That can cause some very interesting handling issues.



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There is only one good replacement front sway bar link for 98-2011 rangers imo and it’s these by moog: far superior design

http://www.usautoparts.net/details/Ford/Explorer/Moog/Sway_Bar_Link/1999/SET-MOK700542-F.html



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There is only one good replacement front sway bar link for 98-2011 rangers imo and it’s these by moog: far superior design

http://www.usautoparts.net/details/Ford/Explorer/Moog/Sway_Bar_Link/1999/SET-MOK700542-F.html

Check rear sway bar also can cause the front end to dart a bit of bad or missing



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