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Unread 07-09-2011, 10:25 PM   #1
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CJ7 Steering question.

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I am currently rebuilding my CJ7 81. I want to improve the driveability and handling of the CJ even at high speeds. Can anyone suggest what gearbox steer and other steering components to use? I heard some used an XJ steering component to get better driveability and handling. Are there any other suggestion?

Thanks kindly...

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Unread 07-10-2011, 04:38 AM   #2
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Hi All

I am currently rebuilding my CJ7 81. I want to improve the driveability and handling of the CJ even at high speeds. Can anyone suggest what gearbox steer and other steering components to use? I heard some used an XJ steering component to get better driveability and handling. Are there any other suggestion?

Thanks kindly...
I haven't done this but check into a Durango steering box. What I did is replace mine with a stock one from o'riellys and it helped out alot.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 04:56 AM   #3
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The CJ steering equipment handles fine at high speed. If you're having handling problems it may be broken, worn out, or improperly adjusted.

What kind of problem do you have?
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Vibration? Bump steer? Wandering? Read: Steering, suspension, and driveline basics. An article on how it works and where to look for problems.

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Unread 07-10-2011, 06:14 AM   #4
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Hi All

I am currently rebuilding my CJ7 81. I want to improve the driveability and handling of the CJ even at high speeds. Can anyone suggest what gearbox steer and other steering components to use? I heard some used an XJ steering component to get better driveability and handling. Are there any other suggestion?

Thanks kindly...
It will help tremendously if you will post a picture or two of you CJ along with the details of the current condition like tire size and type, shocks, brakes, steering components (recently replaced or c1981).
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Unread 07-10-2011, 06:22 AM   #5
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My '81 was dangerous at high speeds. So I lifted the front end and discovered both wheels had severe wobble. Both at the bearings and tierods. Replaced those....(fairly cheap and easy). and now it drives straight as an arrow.. well, unless I hit a bump.

Is wandering the problem? or body roll? I also installed some add-a-leafs to fix up the body roll... and true enough, it has virtually none now, but its now very difficult to drive on dirt roads... so, a decent lift is in my future.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 07:54 AM   #6
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Yes my existing steering control is broken. I just wanted to find the best option before buying the stock steering box. I was also considering on adding a tough dog steering shock, is this a good option? I use my CJ7 mainly on road with the occasional off roadin but not hardcore.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 08:06 AM   #7
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The stock steering equipment is fine and doesn't require modification to reinstall replacements.

If your steering geometry is set properly, you won't need a steering damper (shock) unless all your roads are very rough. I looked for this on the Tough Dog site but they don't have CJs listed and I couldn't find a steering damper but usually these kits are all about the same.
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Vibration? Bump steer? Wandering? Read: Steering, suspension, and driveline basics. An article on how it works and where to look for problems.

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Unread 07-10-2011, 08:32 AM   #8
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I found the Tough Dog damper at http://www.4waysuspension.com.au/products. The specific product that i m considering is http://www.4waysuspension.com.au/pro...ng-stabilisers. It was a recommendation from a friend. But again i wanted to know whether it will bring added value.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 10:01 AM   #9
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I found the Tough Dog damper at http://www.4waysuspension.com.au/products. The specific product that i m considering is http://www.4waysuspension.com.au/pro...ng-stabilisers. It was a recommendation from a friend. But again i wanted to know whether it will bring added value.
Curious about this product to.Anyone here have one of them on there jeep?
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Unread 07-10-2011, 10:12 AM   #10
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I have a couple of thoughts on the Tough Dog damper.

1) few dampers in the US have a spring on them--they're to damp unwanted steering input not return to center.
2) the damper/spring assembly, if mounted properly can assist return-to-center, if not it will cause the steering to pull one way or the other.
3) Properly aligned steering doesn't need a steering damper... I run 35X1250s without one.

Does your Jeep wander? You need to determine if it's due to broken, loose, or worn out parts... if not it's probably your caster setting.
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Vibration? Bump steer? Wandering? Read: Steering, suspension, and driveline basics. An article on how it works and where to look for problems.

83 CJ7, 4.1L 6cyl (4.0L bored .030" over), 35" tires, T-5 transmission, Dana 300 TC, Trussed AMC 20.
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Unread 07-10-2011, 10:24 AM   #11
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If you THINK you need a damper theres a problem with you steering and a damper will just cover it up!!!!!!!!
FIND out what the problem is and fix that don't cover it up
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Unread 07-10-2011, 11:01 AM   #12
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it also depend on tire size and road conditions, a lot of interstate has grooves from the big rigs, if your large size tire, light weight vehicle hit those groove it will make the vehicle wander
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