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1998 B3500 Steering issues?

So I have a '96, 2 '98, and 2 '01 ram vans. The '98s seem to have a way different steering feel than the others. Much more wander or "float" in the steering feel. Not sure if it's a different suspension setup or just the way these vans perform. I know the '98 vans seem to be a transition model year.

Anyone notice the same or have any insight on whether it is fixable? At least on one of my '98s still the same after new tires and alignment as well as ball joint and tie rod ends.

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I have a the 98 B3500 and my van feels the same way. I no have reference/feel of driving the other models.
Last year, I changed upper and lower control arms, ball joints, tie rods, sway bushings, shocks, and did an alignment, but the van still feel like it's floating.
My next course of action is to change the steering box. We'll see how that does.
I've gotten use to how this van drives and when friends borrow it, they suck the seat cushion cause they're not use to it.
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Yes, I've thought about the steering box too. I've heard it can be tightened to get more responsive steering but haven't looked at that yet.
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There shouldn't be a lot of play in the steering. I'd inspect your tie rods and the other joints in the steering system as well, have someone move the wheel slightly back and forth while you look at the parts from underneath.
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My 2001 steered badly until I put hub spacers on the back, so the stances front and rear match. Don't know if 98s have same problem and fix.
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I have a the 98 B3500 and my van feels the same way. I no have reference/feel of driving the other models.
Last year, I changed upper and lower control arms, ball joints, tie rods, sway bushings, shocks, and did an alignment, but the van still feel like it's floating.


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For me, it was my springs. When I changed them out the van stopped floating, tracking weird and steering feel improved 50+%
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For me, it was my springs. When I changed them out the van stopped floating, tracking weird and steering feel improved 50+%
Where did you find springs; front, rear?
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Where did you find springs; front, rear?

the fronts for the 98-03 years are basically non existent.
I had them made here:

Coil Springs Specialties, LLC
785-437-2025

The rears are made here in my town of DuBois PA

Triangle Suspension Systems
(814) 375-7211

After I ordered everything, it was around $700 shipped to my door

I also found doing this job, that the rubber isolators on top of my coil springs were destroyed...I chased what I thought was a ball joint problem for about an year...
All tight now!
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the fronts for the 98-03 years are basically non existent.

I had them made here:



Coil Springs Specialties, LLC

785-437-2025



The rears are made here in my town of DuBois PA



Triangle Suspension Systems

(814) 375-7211



After I ordered everything, it was around $700 shipped to my door



I also found doing this job, that the rubber isolators on top of my coil springs were destroyed...I chased what I thought was a ball joint problem for about an year...

All tight now!
That must be a nice drive.
Mine is just a cargo van that hauls motorcycles and I rarely drive it. I just poured $2k into the intake, timing, engine, cooling, steering gear, and joints as a refresh measure. Springs maybe the next upgrade later down the road.

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