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post #1 of 5 Old 04-26-2010, 07:06 AM Thread Starter
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CJ7 Steering Upgrade

What is the best steering system upgrade for a heavily modified CJ7? I am running massive 35" TSL/SX tires and 8" lift. My power steering box is stock now and I get a random steering wobble in the front end.


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post #2 of 5 Old 04-26-2010, 07:15 AM
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I haven't used one but I see some of the rock crawler guys adding a hydraulic assist to their steering system. Also the ARG boxes seem to work very well and sound like they would be more streetable if you need that.

Something else that may be causing you problems is 8" of lift. Do you have a dropped pitman arm? What axle are you running? If you haven't done it yet you need to have the tie rods flipped on top of the steering knucles, that would reduce the angle of the drag link. You may be getting allot of bump steer with that much lift.
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Jim, I do have the dropped pitman arm and I have flipped the tie rods. I am running the wider axles from an '86 CJ7.

Have you heard of the stock steering box getting sloppy over time?

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Yes they can get sloppy overtime. I swapped mine for a J20 gear box and have been very happy. I run 35"s and am mostly trails but I only have 4" total lift. I did the tie rod flip also. Check your gear box bracket. If you haven't purchased a heavy duty mount then I'd suggest that as well as a brace. These really helped tightening my steering. Also check your tie rod ends.

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post #5 of 5 Old 04-26-2010, 10:51 AM
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Yes your stock steering box is going to wear. I would install these. TELLICO4x4.com has them.

I would use the M.O.R.E. steering box mount SB7686Z
ARG steering box AGR-262357
ARG repalcement pump AGR-262357
Heavy duty steering box brace Omix-Ada 18021.02

Oversize tires are going to put allot of stress on your steering components and wear will occur at a faster rate. These parts are made better than factory, there are others available too.

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