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Unread 12-23-2013, 12:00 PM   #1
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Steering adjustment

Hey everyone,

Is there anyway to tighten up the steering. There is like 3-4 inches in both directions that feel like the steering does nothing. Is this adjustable or is it what to expect from 82 CJ8

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Unread 12-23-2013, 12:31 PM   #2
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Hey everyone,

Is there anyway to tighten up the steering. There is like 3-4 inches in both directions that feel like the steering does nothing. Is this adjustable or is it what to expect from 82 CJ8
turk,

Sloppy steering is usually due to worn steering components, or alignment problems (ie: lack of caster).

I suggest you have a look at all the components, while you have a helper turn the wheel back and forth. With that much play, the problem should be obvious.

When everything is tight and right, a CJ's steering is very quick and responsive.

Good luck,

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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:06 PM   #3
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I just had the same problem. The fix for mine was a new gearbox bracket. This is the second jeep ive owned and had to replace the brackets on both of em. I your walley will allow, i recommend a heavy duty bracket. Good luck
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:08 PM   #4
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The alignment seems to be good. At highway speeds i can let go of the steering and she continues going straight very well. I just purchased it and it's already lifted about 4 inches on 31" m/t's. There is a significant amount of oil on and around the steering box. Maybe a drop or two on the ground sometimes.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #5
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I will check the bracket. The wallet isnt always the issue. It's finding parts here in Turkey. We don't have 4wd.com or quadratec.com lol. When I had TJ in the states it was much easier
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:10 PM   #6
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That was supposed to say "if your wallet will allow".
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:13 PM   #7
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I see. Thats gotta be tough owning a cj without being able to utilize 4wd hardware or quadratec
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:23 PM   #8
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I see. Thats gotta be tough owning a cj without being able to utilize 4wd hardware or quadratec
My sister can always ship me parts but one item at a time is expensive. I need to compile a list and choose the important ones worth paying extra for shipping.
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Unread 12-23-2013, 01:52 PM   #9
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When everything is tight and right, a CJ's steering is very quick and responsive.

Good luck,

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I don't know if I would go quite that far. Lol.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 02:06 PM   #10
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I don't know if I would go quite that far. Lol.

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Well, compared to a Porsche, maybe not. Note, I did say quick "steering" and not "handling". A CJ handles like a brick on wheels

What I really meant was, there should be very little "slop" in the wheel when everything is correct. You shouldn't have to saw the wheel back and forth to keep it between the lines. A minor move of the wheel should turn the Jeep.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 03:18 PM   #11
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That sounds better. I hated to see him trying to get it to a point that is unobtainable.
I would even say that mine could be called "nimble" when in traffic.

I can Cruise all day at 60 with just a thumb on the Wheel to correct fit the crown on the roads. Took a lot of work to get to that point. When i first did the SOA not knowing any better, it was downright dangerous to Drive.

With my light weight, and higher COG, windy days still Give me problems on the highway though. Ive gotten off and on to back roads on a few occasions due to the cross winds.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 03:25 PM   #12
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That sounds better. I hated to see him trying to get it to a point that is unobtainable.
I would even say that mine could be called "nimble" when in traffic.

I can Cruise all day at 60 with just a thumb on the Wheel to correct fit the crown on the roads. Took a lot of work to get to that point. When i first did the SOA not knowing any better, it was downright dangerous to Drive.

With my light weight, and higher COG, windy days still Give me problems on the highway though. Ive gotten off and on to back roads on a few occasions due to the cross winds.

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Yep. I knew mine was correct when I could drape one hand over the top of the wheel, not give any thought to steering, and just enjoy the ride.

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Unread 12-23-2013, 03:29 PM   #13
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Steers like a brick, flys like a brick. Good thing I did not step in it. Must be CJ's were talking about?
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Unread 12-24-2013, 01:13 PM   #14
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Only thing i see wrong is the zip tie being used. I just took a picture and didnt play around with it yet
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Unread 12-24-2013, 02:13 PM   #15
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The brackets people are talking about are the brackets that hold the steering box to the frame.
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