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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:31 PM   #1
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Total newbie, bought first jeep Feb 2013. 1990 YJ

Ok so I'm a total newb to the Jeep world. My name is Brandon proud father of 4, married to a amazing woman, and I'm a union distiller UFCW local 227.

I just purchased my first Jeep today. It's a 1990 YJ. It has the 4.0 in it. I was told it has 6" lift it setting on 37x14.50x15s.

Seems pretty responsive but steering STINKS. It seems to want to wonder at times. I can turn steering wheel L-R or center 2"-3" before it connects.

Like I said I'm total newb and I don't know where to start. Here is a few pics.





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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:41 PM   #2
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Is the steering link bent?
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:46 PM   #3
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U need to invest in a high steer setup, ur steering is hooked up dangerously for a spring over suspension. They bent the drag link to not interfere with the spring. Otherwise looks like a nice jeep, good pickup man.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:51 PM   #4
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Turning 2-3" of the steering wheel before the vehicle reacts - that's what mine does (35's, 90 YJ). I consider it normal.

Leaf spring suspension only - no track or sway bars.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 06:53 PM   #5
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Is not bent, it is the "Z" type steering. I'm not an authority in the subject but i read this is not the best steering approach to SOA (spring over axle). I have read that "high Steer" is the best way to solve this problem. Research high steer brackets. Very nice rig. Good luck



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Unread 02-01-2013, 07:07 PM   #6
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Welcome to JeepForum, you've just found one of the best jeep sites anywhere!

Its pretty much what the other guys said about your steering. Ideally all the linkages should be straight and parallel to each other and to the axle tubes. This is obviously not the case here, so its time to look into a hi-steer front axle setup. That should solve it. It also helps to check the tie rod ends, they tend to take a beating.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 07:30 PM   #7
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Welcome Union Brother. Operating Engineer Las Vegas Local 1107 here.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 07:32 PM   #8
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Was the 4.0 swapped in? cause '90 was the last year of carbed 4.2
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2" BL, 4" stretch all on saggy waggy springs.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:08 PM   #9
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I would get rid of those crazy shackles, go down to 35s or even 33s, install the track bars with sway bars and correct extensions. Make sure all the steering components are back in, etc. Go get alignment and call it a day.

I'm one of the few jeep guys that would rather lose a couple of inches of flex and have everything working right. My steering is probably more responsive than most cars and my jeep can take on/off ramps at 45+mph... 31s with 1.5" superlift and 1/2" boom shackes.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 10:11 PM   #10
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Turning 2-3" of the steering wheel before the vehicle reacts - that's what mine does (35's, 90 YJ). I consider it normal.

Leaf spring suspension only - no track or sway bars.
That's not normal by any means. I'm not even going to get into safety



Good looking Jeep OP, high steering option is great as well, but more $$.
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Unread 02-01-2013, 11:05 PM   #11
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Thank you guys for shining some light for me. I'll be honest. I picked it up today for $2200. Really solid found no rust I crawled all over it "45 min or so" before I drove it. Engine is carbureted. What do I need to look for to figure out what it is?

Now next question.

The high steer kit, who makes best bang for buck. I don't want cheapest. I mean best quality for the money. It's gonna be my DD only off roading be hunting, fishing, frog gigging. Or cruisin the bottoms with my 2yr old son.

Thanks again everyone.

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Unread 02-01-2013, 11:10 PM   #12
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Could a guy just buy brackets for high steer, or is it a all or nothing kit?

This help any, or there to much lift for this?
http://goferitoffroad.com/products.htm

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Unread 02-02-2013, 06:26 AM   #13
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If u wana go the bracket route, look up JB high steer bracket. It's 150 bucs and it'll solve ur problem. The only thing is u may need to buy a new drag link to make it work since they bent urs into a Z. It current tie rod will work just fine. All u have to do is drill and tap 3 holes in the steering knuckle and screw it in there.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 06:45 AM   #14
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Engine is carbureted. What do I need to look for to figure out what it is?



Thanks again everyone.

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Then its a 4.2 liter not the 4.0. The 4.2 is great motor if it runs great I wouldn't mess with it. There are lots of things you can do to make it better even fuel injection. But let's get that steering fixed first. I would definately look at JB4x4 high steer kit.
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Unread 02-02-2013, 03:53 PM   #15
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So from looks of pics I've posted. The axles are stock? So this kit from JB will work? What's the best place to get a drag link? Like said I'm a total newb. I've been building air cooled VWs the last 15 yrs.
so if someone could make me a checklist it would really help.

Engine seems strong. But it don't wanna idle for crap. Still scratching my head.

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