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Scouts wander from the factory. True, but why is this?
This is because of caster. Caster is the top to bottom angle on which the wheels rotate/turn during steering. Our Scouts came with 0 degrees caster, except in 1980 they had 2°. This allows them to turn in a tight radius but means that the wheels do not have any mechanical reason to return to center or stay in a straight line. In comparison, modern vehicles have about 7° of positive caster. Adding spring lift usually moves caster in the negative direction.
Caster Correctors - these thread into the upper ball joint socket and can gain you up to 1.5° of caster
4° Axle Pinion Shims - these go between the axle and the leaf spring and rotate the axle. By rotating the axle back you gain 4° of caster but will also hurt your front pinion/driveshaft angle by the same 4°. It will also act as a lowering block by about a 1/4". Trade offs.
Turn the steering wheel back and forth and get a delayed response...
Loose steering or sloppy steering is not factory original. At least not a lot of it. Sloppy steering usually comes from worn out parts. This will take a trickle down check of components from the steering column all the way to the wheels.
Below is a list of what to check followed by various solutions we offer. Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth until they feel resistance each way during this check the following for loose/worn out parts or a difference/delay between the input and output at each component.