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post #1 of 29 Old 09-13-2017, 10:30 AM Thread Starter
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Purchased a TJ and trying to fix previous owners crap * RESOLVED*

Hello all I want to keep this pretty short and simple
Bought this Tj and trying to iron out all the little things.

Has a 4" skyjacker lift

The issues I am experiencing.

Feels kinda of sloppy when driving freeway speeds when going over bumps in the road, at first all my shocks were blown so they are all new and feels much better. The previous owner installed the drop pitman arm and after much research I purchased a OE spec pitman arm to put back on (not installed yet)
Now I installed 35"s on it that are freshly balanced by an off road shop and now my steering wheel moved left to right about an inch when driving 10+ mph I want to say this is due to the tires being over inflated to 40lbs but just something I wanted to add, I reduced pressure to 28lbs and will test it again.

I have a track bar relocation bracket that is not installed but included. Looks like the previous owner drilled a second hole to move the track bar over. The track bar bracket seems odd to me that its dropping it lower then the original location. Should I install the bracket? I have read mixed feelings on this.

So my plans are to:
Put OE spec pitman arm on
Install track bar relocation bracket
Remove the second steering stabilizer from track bar and tie rod

I really just want someone to look at the pictures and see what needs to change

Thanks!

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post #2 of 29 Old 09-13-2017, 10:36 AM
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Since you are putting the stock pitman arm back on, don't bother with the track bar relocation bracket. Putting the OE pitman arm back on should make the track bar and drag link parallel again and putting the relocation bracket on would just put you back where you started. Get rid of that second stabilizer
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post #3 of 29 Old 09-13-2017, 10:40 AM
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This is the order I would do everything.

1) Replace the dropped Pitman arm with the OE, as you plan to do.
2) Don't install that track bar bracket in your last picture which appears to be for the front axle. That will just jack up your steering geometry. Only the rear axle can work well with a track bar relocation bracket.
3) Remove that second lower steering stabilizer, as you plan to do.
4) Adjust the toe-in after the Pitman arm has been replaced.
5) Center the steering wheel via the short adjustment link on the drag link.

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To add to what Jerry said, also lower your air pressure like you mentioned.

And it bears repeating that you do NOT want to install the track bar bracket, but you DO want to install a factory style pitman arm.


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Thanks for the help guys, I just wanted to make sure I was on the right track. I wont add the bracket, I will be buying a new track bar just to eliminate any play in the bushings. When I got the jeep the steering wheel was so far off, its pretty easy to adjust I am pretty sure the previous owner did not know what they were doing.
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Fix your track bar mount at the axle end:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f9/br...racket-905624/
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Fix your track bar mount at the axle end:
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Or just keep it properly torqued.

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Bet that track bar is old and about to cause you some deathwobble. Also as others said take that extra shock off the front suspension.. They hidding someting...

Also jack front up and check the wheel bearings. If you dont know how we tell ya..
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Also as others said take that extra shock off the front suspension.. They hidding someting...
Probably trying to fix the bump steer, and when that didn't work, they sold it...
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Well I removed the extra steering stabilizer, installed a new track bar, installed the oe pitman arm.

I am still having one issue, I added some used 35" tires 2 are pretty good but the other two are down there in the tread and have some weird tread wear I had them mounted on new wheels and balanced, however I think they are out of round or just too far gone for use, they are not bald.
The steering wheel moved left to right about and inch and intensifies the faster I drive, Usually start over 35mpg every time. I had some good 31's on it before and it did not have this issue until I put these tires on. I checked the toe and it is spot on.

For the track bar I added a bigger bolt and a larger washer to grab more surface area and really torqued it down. Thankfully this jeep as not as rusty as I thought it was nothing has been stuck or seized yet.
You can kind of see that tire in the picture and the tread. Hopefully two new tires will resolve the issue. Ill just use the better one of those bad ones for a spare.
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The steering wheel moved left to right about and inch and intensifies the faster I drive, Usually start over 35mpg every time. I had some good 31's on it before and it did not have this issue until I put these tires on.
Definitely a tire related issue.

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I agree with Jerry. It's a tire issue. There's a lot of weights on that front right tire. I bet there's just as many on the inside of that tire too!

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I am still having one issue
That Angry bird grille may cause many issues.
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Definitely a tire related issue.
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I agree with Jerry. It's a tire issue. There's a lot of weights on that front right tire. I bet there's just as many on the inside of that tire too!
I plan on putting the front tires to the back just to test it out and to see if drives normal. The rear tires are in good shape, I already have another pair of good tires to pickup this weekend. At least I can keep one of the tires for a spare.

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I wish I had the original grille, not the biggest fan of them, my JK also had one when I bought it lol
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I wish I had the original grille, not the biggest fan of them, my JK also had one when I bought it lol
I've never seen one of those close up but don't they just install over the OE grill? In other words, I think it would be easily removable leaving the OE grill.

That angry birds piece wouldn't even have made it home. It would have been removed before leaving where I bought it.
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