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post #1 of 11 Old 04-19-2017, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
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Bad turning radius

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I have a 90 xj jeep with 8 lift. Ever since I installed the lift, my turning radius to the right is really bad. I do have the stock drag link and tie rod on the jeep. My question: If I replace both my tie rod and drag link with over the knuckle steering , will that solve the issue?

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post #2 of 11 Old 04-19-2017, 04:46 PM
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8" with stock steering? Eeeeep.

Can you give us a little more info on how you got there? Long or short arm, kit or piecemeal, etc.


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I have a 5.5 long arm Rubicon Express with 2" spacers front and rear.
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I have a 5.5 long arm Rubicon Express with 2" spacers front and rear.
Have a drop pitman arm or anything else with the steering as part of that?

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Also, have you done an alignment since the lift?

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Have a drop pitman arm or anything else with the steering as part of that?
Yes, I installed a new drop pitman arm.
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Also, have you done an alignment since the lift?
I did get an alignment after I installed the lift.
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Okay. Have you watched teh steering cycle lock to lock to see what's not getting to the the stops? Just have a friend start it (LEAVE IT IN PARK) and turn the wheel all the way each direction while you watch it cycle. That should tell you something more about what's not turning the full length. could be your pitman arm just doesn't have enough throw for the angle you're operating at, could be that you're hitting stops early due to some quirk of the alignment, or the angle of your axle, or something else. Best thing is to watch.

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post #9 of 11 Old 04-21-2017, 12:21 PM
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More than likely your issue is that the pitman arm doesn't give you enough turning radius in one direction with that much lift and under-the-knuckle steering.
You 100% definitely must swap to OTK steering, preferably to true high steer.

I'm kinda wondering about the 8" lift.. what do you gain going from 5.5" to 8"? I'd pull the 2" spacers. 5.5" + trimming allows you to run 37s..

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post #10 of 11 Old 04-26-2017, 03:58 AM Thread Starter
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Hey guys,

All I had to do to solve the problem was to adjust my drag link. Thank you all for replying
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post #11 of 11 Old 04-30-2017, 12:15 AM
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You need to get an adjustable track bar and have it aligned. The reason you have more turning radius on one side and not the other is the axel is no longer centered. Also the steering rod has to reach down lower.
By the part and get it aligned and your problem should go away.
With 8" you will probably need a drop pitman as well.


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