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Brakes, Suspension & Steering Conversion questions, Steering & Handling

 
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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Feb 27th, 18, 04:29 PM Thread Starter
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Put new Hotchkis rear leaves,front coils,Q1A shocks and tubular front A arms and new 7/8" sway bar on 69 SS camaro-had it aligned-spot on! When driving it wanders a little from side to side!Took 69 back to alignment shop, adjusted steering linkage arms and adjusted pit-man arm-still wanders! Any advice?? Vic
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Ensure front tires have about 32-36 PSi of air and wheel bearings are adjusted correctly.
With aftermarket A-arms, I would think more caster could be added in, say up to 2°?

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Can you provide the front end alignment specs (Caster, Camber, and Toe-in) that your vehicle was set to?
Are you using radial tires? If the front end tech used stock 69 Camaro alignment specs, that could be part of your problem.

I did not know that a pitman arm was adjustable.... as one end of the pitman arm is solidly mounted to your steering box, and the other end is attached to the steering center link arm. Usually, this item is replaced if worn.

I guess adjusting the steering linkage arms may be referring to the tie rods. These are adjusted to change your tire toe in (or toe out).
Shims are used to adjust caster and camber by inserting them between the upper A-arm cross shafts and the frame.

Since you replaced the stock control arms with tubulars, I would think that your ball joints and control arm bushings are in good shape. You may want to check that the nuts and bolts that are holding the lower control arms to the frame are properly torqued. Check to be sure all of the rear spring mounting hardware is tight too. A worn (or out of adjustment) steering box could also cause your car to wander.
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