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Unread 07-29-2010, 08:16 AM   #1
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adjusting steering stops with washers.......

im about to do this and I honestly do not know how just by placing a washer behind the bolt will prevent the rubbing....btw do i have to jack the jeep up when i do this.....i got 31x10.5 on 15x7 stock steelies

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Unread 07-29-2010, 08:38 AM   #2
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Placing the washers behind the bolt moves the end of the bold outward. This means that you will not be able to turn the wheels as far from lock to lock thus preventing them from rubbing a lower control arm or sway bar. Remember, you will be reducing your turning radius when you do this. I did this for about 6 months and did not like not being able to use the full capability of my Jeep when turning on tight trails or switchbacks, so I bought some wheel spacers.
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You do not have to raise the Jeep to do this.

The steering stop bolts hit the inner C when at the end of the turning radius.

If you crank that bolt out (or add washers under it), the bolt will hit the inner C sooner than it did previously. So you will not be able to turn your steering wheel as far.

This pic from Jeep Steer Stop Adjustment should explain it well:


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Unread 07-29-2010, 08:57 AM   #4
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One washer will make a big difference. Try to find some thin washers.
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Jeep Steer Stop Adjustment and there is no need to remove the wheels or jack up the Jeep do do this.
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Unread 07-13-2012, 12:57 AM   #6
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Re: adjusting steering stops with washers

I must say that it should be properly adjusted otherwise the system will not work properly. I too agree that by placing the bolts behind will lock it up.
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Unread 07-13-2012, 01:49 AM   #7
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I have 3 washers on each of my steering stops. Can't say I've noticed much reduction in forward turning circle to be honest.
However, full lock turning in reverse is definately affected.
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Unread 07-13-2012, 08:18 AM   #8
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Did this a couple of weeks ago. Placed 2 washers on mine, everything is fine, no idea what your talking about in reverse.

All this does is prevent the steering from doing a little bit more of a turn. No harm done. Also doing a FULL LOCK on cars is pretty hard on components.. I never do full locks on any of my vehicles, i'd rather back up a bit and do it again and do a 2 -3 point turn if i have to then do full lock to get in somewheres.
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Unread 07-13-2012, 08:28 AM   #9
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If the passenger side only is rubbing, do you need washers on both sides? I read somewhere that you put washers under the stop on the opposite wheel, not the rubbing wheel. Is this correct if you don't have to do both sides?
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Correct, opposite side. It will become clear when you look at it.
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If the passenger side only is rubbing, do you need washers on both sides? I read somewhere that you put washers under the stop on the opposite wheel, not the rubbing wheel. Is this correct if you don't have to do both sides?
You could always try centering the axle.
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All this does is prevent the steering from doing a little bit more of a turn. No harm done. Also doing a FULL LOCK on cars is pretty hard on components.. I never do full locks on any of my vehicles, i'd rather back up a bit and do it again and do a 2 -3 point turn if i have to then do full lock to get in somewheres.
You are confusing me.
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You could always try centering the axle.
I've only got a small 1.5" lift in the front. So far, I've found it's more trouble than it's worth to try and replace the trackbar. I'd prefer to center the axle, but honestly don't know how.
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You are confusing me.
Let me try again buddy.

Steering stop prevents the steering wheel for making more turns which in turns prevents rubbing if you have 31's lets say. Put the steering stops in there stops the wheel from going any further to avoid the rubbing?

Regarding the full lock, I try to avoid cutting the steering wheel fully on my other vehicles. I find it puts a lot of strain on front end components, some cars you can hear stuff squelling and components just being pushed to the max.

Full lock is hard on axles, joints, bushings etc.. especially when it comes to an AWD vehicle like a subaru or another make.
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Let me try again buddy.

Steering stop prevents the steering wheel for making more turns which in turns prevents rubbing if you have 31's lets say. Put the steering stops in there stops the wheel from going any further to avoid the rubbing?
From full lock to less than full lock far enough to stop the squealing and strain is about 1/180th of a turn on the steering wheel or about 2 degrees. BFD.

I much prefer the higher performance of a rig on the trail that can get to full lock rather than a 3 point turn that won't let you hold the line. Handicapping your rig"s capabilities over some misguided attempt to protect something that doesn't need protecting is silly.

Besides all that, it's pretty easy to avoid all of this, when you hear it rubbing, turn it back until it stops, it's really not that hard to do.

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Regarding the full lock, I try to avoid cutting the steering wheel fully on my other vehicles. I find it puts a lot of strain on front end components, some cars you can hear stuff squelling and components just being pushed to the max.

Full lock is hard on axles, joints, bushings etc.. especially when it comes to an AWD vehicle like a subaru or another make.
How is it hard on axles? The worst that is going to happen is a bit of stress on the draglink and trackbar and that's nowhere near the forces you see when you put a 35" tire against a rock and try to turn.

Have you ever been offroad?
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