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Old 08-22-2004, 10:10 PM
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M II front end on a 37 Ford with new balanced tires. Going down the road with no pressure on steering wheel it is fine but as soon as I turn the wheel the slightest bit to the left or right I get a bad shimmy. It will stay as long as there is pressure on the steering wheel to the left or right. Go in a straight line, it goes away. Had it aligned and checked all the nuts and bolts. All looked good. Does this at all speeds. Any ideas?

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Old 08-23-2004, 04:00 AM
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I have had this same problem running reversed wheels , don't know why but lowering the air presser to 24 lbs helped a lot. Guess the amount of air in the tires will depend on the weight on the front end? And you may be losing your alignment when turning?
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Old 08-24-2004, 12:29 PM
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HEY M: I had a similar problem in my 38 Lafayettte streetrod with Mustang II. One problem that I still have is loose steering u joints( another whole story) but my shimmy problem turned out to be a tire problem. I bought four new tires from one of the tire discount houses and they must have been of questionable quality. I could not balance the problem out and then tires cupped on the inside which made problem worse. Final solution was to upgrade to better tires and problem went away, even with worn steering u joints. You might try going to another tire shop and watch him spin tires on balance machine to see if there is anything fun looking. Nothing worse than driving a street rod with a shimmy. . DAVE
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Old 08-25-2004, 09:14 PM
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Check your rotors for heat warps. I had simillar problems with a '92 Cougar and it turned out to be a rotor.

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Checked with a couple front end shops, told them the problem, they all said it was a bad rack. Soooooo ..... there's a tear in my beer ..........
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Put in a new rack and the problem is gone. Bad news is after looking over old rack I discovered shims under cap above steering gears. I took one shim out and the thing tightened rite up. Don't know if this would have taken care of the problem but if someone has loose steering give it a try before you buy a new one.
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