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post #1 of 9 Old 10-11-2011, 11:35 AM Thread Starter
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How much play is too much play?

I read somewhere that when you lift a vehicle there is a certain amount of play in the steering that you will inquire everytime. Is this true?

I have (estimating) about 2" of play in my steering on my YJ. I have gotten used to it over time but I would like to minimize it for my wife. I want her to feel safe while driving it and not have to white knuckle when going highway speeds.

And if it were a perfect situation, even though I'm used to it,I would like it tight as well.

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post #2 of 9 Old 10-11-2011, 12:52 PM
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What happens is the angle of the drag link increases with a lift. It effects the steering geometry, how it behaves. 4 inch lifts generally come with a pitman arm drop. Get the same level on the drag link as stock level from factory, if you can. I think generally that's the idea.
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My lift is 2.5" is that enough to warrant the new parts?
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My lift is 2.5" is that enough to warrant the new parts?
No. Not a pitman arm drop. Not for 2.5" lift. There is a thread going on right now about a tie rod flip kit. That's a win win for what you are trying to accomplish.
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post #5 of 9 Old 10-11-2011, 10:54 PM
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If you have 2" of play in your steering wheel, I would look at worn components. Most likely it is your lower steering shaft (The shaft that connects the firewall to the steering box). This part has two u-joints that tend to go bad.

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If you have 2" of play in your steering wheel, I would look at worn components. Most likely it is your lower steering shaft (The shaft that connects the firewall to the steering box). This part has two u-joints that tend to go bad.
How hard are these to change?
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How hard are these to change?
Pretty easy. It'll probably be frozen due to rust on the slip joint, so I cut mine in half, and loosened each end's pinch bolt. Fell right off.

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post #8 of 9 Old 10-14-2011, 08:47 AM Thread Starter
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Okay great, thanks. I'll look into getting a replacement. I know you wrangler folk out there must have an opinion on the best place to shop for these kinds of things (or steering shafts particularly)... so please offer your opinion regarding a quality online parts store.
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Quadratec has the best price on this part that I can find.

http://www.quadratec.com/products/56113_02.htm

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