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Unread 09-19-2006, 07:16 PM   #1
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Steering woes

[IMG][/IMG]I just purchased a 80 CJ which has had the axles placed under the leaf springs for alot of its lift.. It has new springs with neopreme bushings, ranco shocks, aftermarket drive shafts with the CV joints, the pinion angles were changed and look real good.. I thought was done pretty nicely for a cheap lift job... But driving the Jeep home from the seller the steering play got worse and worse.. I pulled it into my garage and had my wife turn the steeering wheel back and forth and to my surprise I found a homemade extension that goes from the passenger spindle up to the what I would call the drag link which runs from the pass side spindle to the steering box. the extension is about 10 inches has the top end threaded for the steering heim joint bolt and the other end has a chamferred hole with a bolt in cone shaped joint end like would be on a tie rod end or ball joint so it pulls into the chamferred hole. This things is not even safe and I think I know that they did it so the the draglink/steering arm would be pretty level from the steering box to the spindle to prevent bumpsteer. Ive tried to look at alot of pictures of lifted Jeeps and lift kits and I dont see this thing Ive got on any of the kits and I see the the steering links are fairly level on most of the lifted trucks.. Can someone please help me figure out what I need to purchase to make this thing steer correctly and make it safe to drive again??? Thank you!!!!! Wildchildc1 - Washington, IL.


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Unread 09-19-2006, 07:19 PM   #2
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Can you post some pics?

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Unread 09-19-2006, 07:25 PM   #3
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I will go down right now and take the pics and post them in about 5 minutes... Thank you for the help!! Shawn
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Unread 09-19-2006, 07:45 PM   #4
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this just sounds bad... i really wanna see this hack job
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Unread 09-19-2006, 07:47 PM   #5
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I'm actually sitting here refreshing in anticipation of seeing this.
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Unread 09-19-2006, 07:56 PM   #6
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I am unable to post pictures for some reason or another.. Can someone give a Newbie Jeep owner some advise?? ThankS, Shawn
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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:01 PM   #7
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To post pictures you'll need to upload them to an outside site, and then post the links in here. As for your problem, there may be an easy anwser, there may not. Pictures will help anyone here be able to diagnose it and point you in the right direction.
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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:03 PM   #8
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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:15 PM   #9
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Here are the pics of what I found on the 1980 CJ I bought this evening.. Can someone please tell me how to correct this mess????? Thank you, Shawn

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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:22 PM   #10
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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:23 PM   #11
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wow that thing is disturbing.... it scares me that someone would do that to their steering stytem...
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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:27 PM   #12
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Correct Way

What is the correct way to set up the linkage in a SOA?
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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:27 PM   #13
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Anyway, that is actually less hacked up than I was expecting, interesting none the less. By the way, is that a manual steering box I see? It's a shame they hacked up that nice drag link as well. It looks to me like some custom fab work is going to have to be done. I've seen bent drag links in this situation, and they are not really the "right" thing to do but are the easiest, and definatly safer than that. Someone who knows more will turn up soon.
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Unread 09-19-2006, 08:37 PM   #14
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Yes this is a manual steering box.. The guy did alot of things right on this thing, then turned around and did this!!! This thing flexes like crazy when I got it tightened up, But it wont stay tigh because the chamferred hole is too large for the stud and its just a mess!!! I thought about removing the drag link and having someone put some nice mandrel bends in it to clear the suspension.. I think that would be much, much safer.. Any other supestions???? Thank you!! Shawn
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Unread 09-19-2006, 09:46 PM   #15
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Call Parts Mike, he can set you up right. He know's his steering stuff. You need a high steer knuckle/arm set-up on the passenger side to hook your drag link to. You could go heims or tie rod ends.
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