New to jeep forum, just got a 2008 wrangler x put 17" x 9" rims with 285/70/17 at tires and 3" lift. Jeep doesnt drive near as well as ugly stock tires and rims. Jeep has 60,000 miles so i dont think anything is worn out. Anyone have advice or is it completly normal for the steering to get worse? It's like driving in high winds all the time.
The entire steering system is probably worn out and thats why it was traded in. You should trade it for a new one, then get a lift kit for that one and when the steering goes to crap, trade it for another one. Without knowing what kind of lift kit you have it is impossible to answer your question seriously. You altered the steering when you lifted it and if you didnt fix the steering geometry than you messed up the steering. Inexpensive lifts will not make driving more enjoyable, but they will help you spend more time in the garage trying to figure out why you have crap steering.
The Lift is a 3" Rough Country, just spacers over the springs and shock mount ext. Tires are Nitto Terra Grappler 285/70/17 running @35 psi. I'm taking it for a front end alignment tomorrow so that may help. I guess some busings could be worn at 60K, Iw was a daily driver and i dont think it has ever seen the dirt untile i got it. Thanks for all the responses. I just read the stiffen up steering post and i'm pretty sure where talking about the same issue.
RC lift tells me all I need to know. Until you do a "proper" lift your drive is what it is.
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Took it to get the front end aligned, tie rod end threads are frozen, toe end is out and camfer( I think that's what it's called is off a bit). Putting some knocker loose on it or heat and will be able get it free. Is there a place on the site that shows all the components of the front end ? may need to order some new parts and if I do what would be some good upgrades to the steering instead of putting stock rod ends, bar ect. Thanks in advance for serious help.
You're better off ordering an aftermarket tie rod with adjustable heavy duty ends. Your stock unit is only adjustable on one end as you may or may not know. It's camber your referring to and may be due to a worn ball joint which the JK is known to eat stock units as well.
Synergy makes a stout replacement tie rod with greasable ends they also make replacement ball joints check out their site. There are a few vendors here that offer discounts to forum members so you will save some cash there.
The way your Jeep is lifted is not the best way. 3 inches changes the geometry quite a bit and your Jeep will be plagued with issues as you continue to drive it. It's expensive to lift it 3 inches. Also, a 285/70/17 is about a 33 inch tire which can fit on a stock height Jeep with properly spaced wheels.
Butter jeep I guess ur saying take the lift off if it continues to be flighty and I will. Thanks boss for ur help. I took the rod and ends off today and heated them to get them loose then I drilled and put grease fittings in. So they can align it next week. I'll replace with a better tie rod if necessary. I ran across a site that showed all of the front end parts but can't find it now so if any one knows of it that would help. I don't know if this jeep came from up north or what but the threads on everything under it are pretty rusted! No dirt just frozen nuts. Thanks for y'all's help