Originally Posted by txfireplug
Thanks for the imput. I really dont mind paying for it to drive right. Whats the best source of suspension components? Any brand get recomendations? O, and slap the **** out of your neighbor for me.
hey, a couple of things... have you checked the steering box mount itself? the cjs use a cheap two piece stamped steel mount and the bolts work loose all the time if you use it offroad. a steering box brace and a new steering box mount from M.O.R.E or poison spyder would help that... they make the mounts out of 1/2 inch thick steel and it's one piece. another thing, the steering shaft in cjs can lead to a huge amount of slop/play in the steering. flaming river and borgeson make a beefy replacement steering shaft. might wanna throw some new tierods on or just upgrade while you're at it.
has either heim or tierod end replacement draglink and tierod kits for CJs that are way beefier than your stock little steering system. other than the steering box mount, a brace, a steering shaft or the tierods... i can't really think of much else someone hasn't mentioned that would cause what you're talking about... usually if it's sloppy, it's just plain sloppy.
oh, and as far as a shackle reversal... i think it does make for a smoother ride and it allows you to run a slightly longer shackle for a bit better flex, or even a buggy spring... i installed one on my CJ before i went coilover... however, i really didn't notice a huge improvement in steering. a shackle reversal allows the shock of an impact (bump, whatever) to travel backwards in the direction it's already traveling as the spring compresses, thereby giving a smoother ride... however depending on how arched your springs are, a shackle reversal can be advantageous or not worth your effort. the flatter your springs are the less a shackle reversal will help. here is a good article on shackle reversals that explains it more in depth.
note: the server side has some retrival errors... you may need to try the link a few times, i assure you the page is there as of this writing
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