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Unread 02-29-2012, 02:48 PM   #1
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1979 CJ5 
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Play in steering in 79 cj5

I know they had play when they where new but is there any thing I can do to make the steering a little more modern feeling? Not trying to be a baby about it but I really want my jeep to be more of a daily driver and living in a city it is proving to be difficult.
It's a 1979 cj5 renagade with 35in tires and lift of 4in

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Unread 03-01-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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Replace the steering pump. They aren't made for big tires.
quoted from CJ Forum:
The Ross steering box on the old CJ's are notorious for excessive play. There is an adjustment for it on the side of the box, but in my experience it won't "fix" what your describing. Also, don't rule out that part of the play (no tire movement) can come from worn ball joints; many moving parts in an old CJ's steering linkage... In my case when the wheel was centered, it would move about 5" to either side of center before any tire movement took place!! Definitely unsat, but I lived with it for many years (also unsat!)... My solution was a Saginaw P/S conversion; and I haven't regretted it since completion in '98. I'm sure there are resources for rebuilding the box; but unless looking to restore the CJ, it's just not worth it. JMHO!!

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Unread 03-01-2012, 02:17 PM   #3
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79 CJ already has a saginaw box, not ross steering.

You need to check all normal steering geometry - tie rod ends, ball joints, gear box functions and the lower coupler on the steering shaft.
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