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Unread 02-17-2014, 01:07 AM   #1
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plans changing. do i need upgraded steering stuff?

got a 93 v8 and the front end steering/suspension all needs to be replaced. i planned on getting it back to stock all at once, but the cost is rising and I'm gonna budget it over 2/3 months.
I was gonna just do a 2" bb with 31's but now I'm thinking about a 3 or 3.5 suspension lift. since i gotta order tie rods, sway bars, control arms, ect.. (i may just order some bushings for the control arms.)
do i need anything other then stock spec's for those parts? by stock spec's i mean longer or different in some way to keep the geometry.

the jeep will see mostly pavement, and the 4 wheeling will be mostly sandy desert mountain trails and some wash's, nothing real hardcore.

I'm sticking with the CV front axles (for now) because its a straight replacement and didnt wanna mess with the u-joint conversion this early. plus they'll be here Monday.. and i already got Moog problem solver upper/lower ball joints.

also doing a TC swap, 242 or 231 which ever one i find first

i also need a front DS. should i wait to get that after the lift?
thanks everyone for all the help so far...

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Unread 02-17-2014, 01:29 AM   #2
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The more you lift above 3" the greater the likelihood you will need adjustable arms to get the geometry correct. Since you have to replace your control arm bushings anyway, this would be a good opportunity to put that money toward the arms. You'll not only achieve better caster angle, pinion angle and wheel well centering, but you'll have much stronger solid arms and better tire clearance for wider tires.

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Unread 02-17-2014, 09:08 AM   #3
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You'll need the heavy duty tie rod, steering bars and ball joints. I got mine in a kit... I had 32's and they ripped the tie rods right out of the bar. Because the stock crap just uses clamps to hold them. I got a budget lift of 3 inches at first. It kind of sucks, but it was cheap. A year later went all out on a 6 inch lift with all adjustables and heavy duty everything and would strongly recommend going this route. I think I paid about 1200 for everything shipped
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