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    Steering Wheel Adjustment

    My 2018 X4 steering wheel is not centered when I'm going straight. It's not off a lot but enough that it's annoying me. The unit is brand new and has less than 25 miles on it so this was a factory/setup issue, not related to damage or other adjustments. The service manual says pull the steering wheel and re-center it.

    For those of you that have pulled the steering wheel off:
    Is that shaft smooth of have splines?
    If there are splines how much does moving over one adjust?
    Is there another spot to make the correction other than pulling the steering wheel?

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    The Gen 1 Wolverines have splines for sure as many of us swapped out our factory plastic steering wheels for the YXZ rubber ones, I'd bet the X2/X4's are the same. You can fine tune it on those splines, but I think you need to check your alignment first to make sure something else isn't crooked.
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    Its has splines, you will need a J hook puller.
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    I used a ratchet strap from the wheel to the rear roll bars and a tap from a rubber mallet, easy peasy.
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    I would not spend the time and energy to do that until you turn it lock to lock and make sure it is in the center and the front toe-in/out alignment is correct.
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    Thanks everyone for the advice.

    I needed the steering wheel outside diameter to move 5/8" to get it centered. When I measured my toe I was in about .75" (which is in spec but about the max). I decided to adjusted the toe down to .35" (still within spec) by making the adjustments on just one side. Took it out for a drive and I was happily surprised the steering wheel was perfectly centered.
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    Wait! Don't pull the steering wheel yet. Make sure that your front end is aligned correctly first. I had a similar, annoying issue, but discovered that the cause was a misalignment not an improperly installed steering wheel. It's a lot easier to align the front end than to pull the wheel.
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    keep in mind that a static centered steering wheel may not be centered when rolling. Things such as tire wear, slope of road crown and the trueness of the rear wheel alignment and parallel to front wheels may reveal itself while rolling. you can also have your toe alignment not equal on each side of centerline. If you are really getting picky you may want to check the rear alignment and wheelbase dimension on each side. If a unit has ever been rolled or hit hard it could be out of true alignment and may take a little frame tweaking to adjust true.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mhjohns View Post
    My 2018 X4 steering wheel is not centered when I'm going straight. It's not off a lot but enough that it's annoying me. The unit is brand new and has less than 25 miles on it so this was a factory/setup issue, not related to damage or other adjustments. The service manual says pull the steering wheel and re-center it.

    For those of you that have pulled the steering wheel off:
    Is that shaft smooth of have splines?
    If there are splines how much does moving over one adjust?
    Is there another spot to make the correction other than pulling the steering wheel?
    Mine has been off slightly since new for me too. I have after market wheels and tires. I’m taking it in for a 1500 mile service. I may have it checked too. I just figured mine was the only one. Lol


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