Wandering Steering Solved! (I think)
I just wanted to follow up with a problem that has plagued my truck and apparently lots of others for quite some time. I have a 1999 2500 QC 4x4. After a year of replacing parts and messing with different things I think I finally fixed it! The truck has wandered around from one side of the road to the other since I bought it. After looking thru some posts here I could see there was a problem.
I started by replacing the ball joints(they needed it anyway). No better.
Track bar. No better.
Second alignment. No better.
New PSC Steering gear. NO better(ouch-that hurt the wallet)
Solid Steel Steering stabilizer brace. No better.(Looks way cool though!)
New Rancho Steering stabilizer. No better.
Went back to the stock size tires with a heavier 12 ply construction. Better, but still not good enough.
Replaced Front Control Arms with arms from a 2005 Ram . Not just for the fact that they are off the new Ram, but because I happen to have some laying around and they are the same demension and the my stock ones. And they are a tubular design, which would appear to be stronger. I bought the Energy Suspension Bushing kit for the old arms, but after knocking out the old bushings, realized that I was given the WRONG part #! So, I was stuck with my truck on jackstands. I decided to try the new arms just to get my truck mobile.
This is the best my truck has EVER driven! And I have only swapped the lower arms so far. I ran out of time to do the tops. Can't wait to see what its like with all four.
Anyway, it looks like the worn bushings were the problem the whole time! Hope this helps someone else going thru the same problem. Let me know if you have any questions. After 12 months and several hundred dollars I think and hope I got it.