Originally Posted by 40jeep99
I'm have the same issue. Right at 50. Wandering and a little wooble. Steering box has side to side play in the output shaft. But here's the kicker. It's the fourth new one I have tried in a week. 3 new stock xj boxes. And now I have s10 box in it. Every one of them had side to side play.
The output shaft (properly called the "pitman shaft") should NOT have any radial OR axial play in it. Where are you getting these steering boxes that are coming like this?
Wandering can be caused by things other than the box, but a loose pitman shaft certainly will not lessen wander. I would be inspecting the entire linkage (including ball joints) AND the track bar for signs of wear, as that can be a major source of wander.
The front suspension on the XJ is a system, and that means that ALL parts of the system need to be up to snuff to work as a system as intended. Fixing the steering box is a good first step, but don't stop there.