Originally Posted by txfireplug
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.
http://www.spydercustoms.com/index2.html 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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