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Unread 02-27-2005, 07:56 PM   #1
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Newbie Jeep owner w/ a newbie Jeep question

Im a 32 year old father of 2 who just purchased his first jeep, with his main intentions on being very little everyday driving, and a lot of extra curricular driving with his sons for some fun. Since this will not be my primary vehicle, I have some leeway to have things done to it....

So, I just got a 97 Wrangler with a 6 inch lift and 33 inch swampers....Im totally thrilled with this monster, and the only thing Im not cool with is the steering. It has tons of play in it, and when Im driving, I sometimes feel like I have to jerk it to have it respond. I had kind of assumed that this was just the nature of the beast with owning a jeep, and I was going to have to live with it. However, I did notice that in 4x4 high, it drives a thousand percent better....Seeing as this is my first jeep, it struck me as wondering if it was OK to ALWAYS drive in this mode, or if it would destroy something. Also, if its cool, can I assume it will consume considerably more gas?

Thanks in advance for the help, and although I just found this board a few weeks ago, it did help me enough already to buy my first jeep, so for that I thank you!!

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Unread 02-27-2005, 08:01 PM   #2
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Welcome : Well w/ a 6 " lift that is to be expected as the drag link is now push pull rather than left right. But 4w high being better ? puzzling . Nah should really not make it drink more gas !!!Nor should it destroy anything - just make front gears and t case insides wear faster !!! To fix the steering there is high steer kits out there but they cost alot of money most peeps, just deal w/ it
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Unread 02-27-2005, 08:03 PM   #3
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You can't drive in 4 hi all the time or you will burn it up. As far as the loose steering check the tie rods, bearings, ball joints, steering wheel shaft to P/S box
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Unread 08-11-2009, 05:54 AM   #4
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Yeah, ditto - driving in 4 hi will burn it up - and it will suck more gas than 2 wd.
Id put a bit of time and $$ into solving the problem instead of trying to cover up the symptom. Like most things with vehicles, it's probably only going ot get worse with time.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 09:54 AM   #5
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Need pics of the steering.

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No one here knows what they are talking about. You should try Pirate 4x4 they will be happy to help you.

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Unread 08-11-2009, 10:24 AM   #6
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+1 on burning more gas in 4X4 and when you are in 4X4 your front wheels HAVE to turn at the same rate as your rear wheels which will cause binding and extremely accelerated wear and tear on the system if you drive in 4 wheel drive on a paved road.

When you're on a dirt road or ice it's not a big deal because the wheels can easilly spin at different rates, but there is too much traction on a paved road.
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Unread 08-11-2009, 10:28 AM   #7
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Not that we are not here to help, but you also might try the TJ section, it is a '97??
X2 on the pics and checking for loose components!
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Unread 08-11-2009, 10:33 AM   #8
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97 is a TJ so you technically posted this in the wrong forum. The steering on them is basically the same though, so in that respect I guess it really doesn't matter.

In a TJ, I doubt there is a considerable difference in mileage b/n 2WD and 4HI. The only difference in a TJ is the transfer case will actually be engaged.
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Unread 08-21-2009, 02:56 AM   #9
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Try getting a steering damper ( stabilizer) and check your tie rods and make sure u grease ur fittings too.. doesn't hurt to get an alignment either.
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Unread 08-21-2009, 08:07 AM   #10
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do you have a track bar? not that you need one if you are gonna be driving off road all the time, but my jeep is my dd so i use the track bar. it makes the steering less jerky, i guess because it keeps the wheels from undulating.

x2 on the hy-steer. Max will set you up with that
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Unread 08-21-2009, 09:05 AM   #11
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do you have a track bar? not that you need one if you are gonna be driving off road all the time, but my jeep is my dd so i use the track bar. it makes the steering less jerky, i guess because it keeps the wheels from undulating.

x2 on the hy-steer. Max will set you up with that
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The OP has a TJ, which does REQUIRE the track bar to be installed at ALL times. Those TJ guys don't have the same options we do.

There are several options for steering arrangements. There is "crossover" steering like the JB4X4 type that move the drag link up, but not the tie rod. Then there is "high steer" like the Rocky Road OTT steering kit which has brackets that attach to the OE knuckle & move the drag link & tie rod up as well. The other & most expensive alternative would be to replace the knuckles with high steer units like the ones from Reid Racing.

I know all this exists for the YJ models, and to the best of my knowledge they are also available for the TJ's as well.

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Unread 08-21-2009, 09:46 AM   #12
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With this fella being a TJ guy, and his LAST visit on this BB being June 6, 2006 I highly doubt we'll be offering much help.
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Unread 08-21-2009, 09:46 AM   #13
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let's not forget safety, as you're hauling kids in that beast. Steering is a fickle *****, and one second you're fine... the next, you can't find the "spot" to hold the wheel and you end up oversteering to find it. That's when the rolling starts. You have to get that steering checked and fixed for the sake of your boys.
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