Deathwobble caused by steering box, next step
So i had a post recently about how i fixed the DW by replacing the original beat up steering dampener. Someone cursed me and stated the obvious "It wasn't over" and alas it isnt. I've narrowed it down however to the steering box, everything is tight but not tight enough, the box was originally loose to begin with (not by much) so i torqued it back to the factory specs. This worked for a while, but it was more about the actuall gears in the box and the play (1-2 inchs in the steering wheel) I have been told it is the box thats gotta be replaced, is there any last chance attempt? Possibly fluid? (its pretty gunky)
I have used the allen key method and tightened the steering, but no matter how tight or how loose the wheel itself still has around 2 inchs of play. Depending on how tight or lose i can make the DW occur at different speed and and different sensitivities, tight and it occurs 20-50mph, loose sloppy steering and its happens at 40+ mph.
If i do have to change the steering box out, is it just usually the box? or should i be looking at something else as well? What is the best option, i have been replacing and fixing linkage, suspension, etc with bigger stronger stuff as it breaks, are there aftermarket boxs? Can someone point me in the right direction? ive seen boxs from 100-800 depending on new, used, rebulit.
How long should a box last? I'm at 80,000 miles right now, is that normal?
I have a 1997 4.0 jeep grand cherokee zj with a 3.5 inch lift kit, my kit was a hybrid IRO with alot of new stuff as well. I had 4 springs, both adjustable track bars, new tie rod, new steering stabilizer, 4 new shocks, and swar bar linkage. The jeep is at 80,000 miles
3.5 inch lift
(all the steering goodies/upgrades)
Crager soft 8-32x10.5x15 AT
Kevinsoffroad Radiator support/tow hooks