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Unread 09-21-2008, 01:54 PM   #1
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Getting the best handling on a TJ

Whats some tricks to getting better handling on a Jeep? I've already got a skyjacker steering stabilizer. Would having 11.5-wide tires on 15x10 wheels have anything to do with it?
I drive +70 miles a day in it, mostly on 55mph highways, and I'm looking to make it easier to keep it between the ditches.
(Yeah, I know it's a Jeep thing, but i'm looking to improve it a little.)

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Unread 09-21-2008, 02:23 PM   #2
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What is it doing wrong, and what have you done so far?
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Unread 09-21-2008, 02:23 PM   #3
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if your Jeep is all over the road. Chances are there is a bad component or two in your suspension. The TJ has great handling stock and modified.
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Unread 09-21-2008, 02:31 PM   #4
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It's not BAD bad, but just a little annoying after a little while of driving.
It's got a little slop to the steering, again, not A LOT but still enough to notice. It takes a fair amount of working it to keep it in a straight line.
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Unread 09-21-2008, 02:33 PM   #5
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start by checking the tie rod ends. These parts wear out.
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Unread 09-21-2008, 02:38 PM   #6
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start by checking the tie rod ends. These parts wear out.
i have slop in the steering and mine is ALL over the road like bad, i also think it could be the tie rod ends because i get a slight wobble. ive checked it by having someone turn the sleering wheel with me watching but i couldnt tell if the parts are bad, how is the easiest way to tell???
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It's only got 63k miles on it...is that still normal?
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check for what? i feel the exact same way about my jeep, slop in steering and is kind of all over the road.
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yep, and track bar bushings, ya know the drill

all can let em wander and feel like a steering problem
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yep, and track bar bushings, ya know the drill

all can let em wander and feel like a steering problem
I'll have to check out the tie rod stuff, but my track bar is only about a month and a half old.
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an important thing with a lift, even only 2" and over is the track bars need to be relocated to the oringinal stock angle, otherwise they tend to wander. the front sticks out the drivers side fender and the rear stick out the passenger side, the angle is increased wich takes less up or down movement via a rut,crown, or pothole in the road to jack the body around, we try to compensate for it by turning the wheel cause it feels like it wandering.

i view an adjustable track bar in the front and rear as fine for me with lifts up to 2.5, they don't fix the angle, they only center the axle. in rubidriver's case a track bar extension on the rear may take away the extra wandering as compared to stock. nth degree has a brace for the extension as well as relocation for the upper control arms.

thats a tj for ya. ya either get used to it or fix the geometry on lifted ones,

stock one that have excesive wandering is generally from a loose/worn joints, bushings and an ocasional worn out steering box bushing.
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you'll have to pull the tie rod ends out of the knuckles and wiggle the stud. If it's excessively easy to wobble. Replace it. Or for the cost of replacing then, do it as a preventative thing in the 50-75k area, lower with bigger tires.
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one thing I also noticed on the jks track bars is the steel insert in the ends is a tad larger than the factory bolt, in that case not drilling the frame bracket to fiit the proper size bolt can let the track bar move a little as if the bushing was bad, using the stock bolts you're depending on the bracket to s squeeze and hold the insert.
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It takes a fair amount of working it to keep it in a straight line.
thats because its a Jeep.
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thats because its a Jeep.
I've heard that already.
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