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post #31 of 286 Old 07-12-2007, 03:12 PM
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Question regards steering knock.I noticed after driving a few minutes and the engine has warmed up there is a knocking sensation up through the steering shaft.Is this a design flaw and are there any remedies for it?Thank you.

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First, thanks for your time. I love my ’06 TJ Sport!

I am having some pops coming from the front steering when turning at slow speeds (like when pulling out of my garage and turning the wheel). I have been keeping the front end lubed. Is that normal? Thanks again.
Poping is not normal. You most likely have a worn steering or suspension component. If you're still under warranty, I would suggest letting your dealer take a look. Other than that, you may want to check for excessive movement in the links(control arm and steering).
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Sorry, we can't discuss future plans.
Like when the v8 is coming out ?
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With all the talk about the Gladiator, and now the JT will we be seeing a Jeep truck anytime soon? Please tell me they are at least contemplating it within the next 2-3 years!
No future questions, we live in the past .... I mean present
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Like when the v8 is coming out ?
Yes - EXACTLY like that!
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Suggestions – Not seeking future model info, just making a few constructive suggestions.

I understand that the economics of producing a vehicle may not allow for a lot of these suggestions to be implemented, but your due consideration would be greatly appreciated.

I have talked with a few guys that have re-geared to 4.88 or 5.13 gears. To summarize, the automatic guys tell me they picked up 2 – 3 MPG with 4.88 gears and stock 32” tires. The manual guys tell me MPG is about the same, but drivability is much improved. Automatic guys tell me 4.88 gears are good for up to 33.5” tall tire. Taller than 33.5” really needs the 5.13 gears. Manual guys say they can run up to 35” tires with 4.88 gears, but 37” tires really need the 5.13 gears.

Considering the above, it would be great to have a 4.56 or 4.88 gear offered as a factory option. I don’t think the 5.13 gears would be in the cards for a factory vehicle; too many soccer moms that wouldn’t know what to do with it.


It would be great if the back seat in the Unlimited could be reclined (adjustable seat back) a few more degrees. The upright seat back is uncomfortable for anyone that is not a small kid.

With most of the JK’s competition having 5 speed automatic transmissions ( FJ Cruiser & Xterra ) or a V-8 coming ( H3 ), it would be great to have another engine choice for the JK. Another option that would be good in my opinion would be to offer the new 62TE transmission. The 4.127 first gear would be wonderful for day-to-day drivability.

Lastly, if you guys are going to be in the Indianaplois area, PM me here and I'll take you to one of our micro brew houses. The first round is on me.
We always appreciate suggestions!
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What is up with the front end and steering? Once it warms up and I start hitting bumps in the road, it sounds like my front end is going to fall apart! It is getting real bad and the service guys have no idea what it is. Obviously a big problem as it is all over the boards!! Please help as I can go on much longer!!!! Thanks!!
It's hard to tell over the computer but I would check all joints (control arms, steering linkage ect) for proper torque. I would also check my steering damper/ to see if it has lost pressure.
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Not really a future plan, since pictures are all over. I am not asking if it will be built (even though it should, with some tweaking).

How fun was the JT to work on/create? Did your group have input or hand on experience building it? Did it perform to expectations?

Now, for the one that will get "We cannot comment on future product": Why not make those simple wheels available?

You can do things the right way or the wrong way.
Or you can do it MY way...which is like the wrong way, only faster.
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Question regards steering knock.I noticed after driving a few minutes and the engine has warmed up there is a knocking sensation up through the steering shaft.Is this a design flaw and are there any remedies for it?Thank you.
Correction:This question is for the JK model not the TJ.
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Sorry, we can't discuss future plans.
Like when the V8 JK is do out ?
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Do you have any knowledge of seat rail extension kist for the JK? I am 6'8" tall and use these in other vehicles. I realize this would be an after market item.

Or...do you know if a way to get more legroom out of a JK?
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looking to build a brute and wander what the stopping block is for the tow rating on the unlimited is frame, wheelbase or springs if i need to i ll have to frame built up while its all apart

the brute covers some of the wheelbase being a t 117 but is the frame just no tup to it
im looking for 4500 tow and 1800 bed kload
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One more question, on my ’06 TJ Sport, it’s an automatic, and at about 45 mph, the overdrive kicks on. If I do not go any faster, it feels like the engine is lugging. Any problems with that? Is it actually burning more gas when it's "lugging"?


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My fan speed switch isn't working correctly. 3,4,2 went out. Replaced resiter pack and now 3 doesn't work. Any suggestions?
Our experience says you have another bad resister board as hard as that is to believe.
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There are Seat risers on the market that raise you seat from 1" to 2". I am considering making my own but have a concern the tub will be damaged in a minor accident, where it would not be damaged if left stock.

My plan was to use some 1.5" square aluminum stock cut to 1.25" high with the proper size holes drilled in them. These would stand on end and go between the tub and seat frames.

A second though was to cut this 1.5" square stock into 3" sections and lay them length wise under the flat parts of the seat frames so there would be around a 3" piece under all 4 mounting points of the frame. Again with the proper size holes and bolts.

What is you take on the safety of these for the occupants of the Jeep?

What is your take on the damage to the tub if these were in a minor accident? (Minor accident being without airbag deployment around 20mph or so)

If you were designing these how would you make them?

Thanks for your time.
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