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post #1 of 14 Old 02-11-2016, 02:06 PM Thread Starter
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Steering upgrade after lift

Recently I lifted my 99 wrangler 4". Replaced the tie rods and got it Aligned. It rides smooth until I hit 40mph then it wobbles a bit but once I hit 50mph it stops. Also after I hit a bump it likes to go all over the place. Last but not least when I make a sharp turn it makes a snapping noise and the it wants to resist turning.
I talked to someone at 4wd and they said a currie hd steering kit would fix all that. Sounds to good to be true. Also at the price I don't know if it's worth it yet.
I was wondering what you guys have done to fix that problem? I have no problem with the currie purchase if it certainly will fix the problem. Thank you

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post #2 of 14 Old 02-11-2016, 02:11 PM
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What lift did you go with? Did they put a drop pitman arm on?
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I went with a currie 4" lift kit. And no dropped pitman arm. The fellow I talked to said I won't need it with the steering kit upgrade
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No you don't need a drop pitman arm it just sounded as if you had one. Did you get the adjustable control arms with the lift? New Tires also if so what size?
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Yes I have the adjustable arms and when I first went to get the alignment they wouldn't do it until I fixed the caster angle. And the tires are 35's
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When were your tires last balanced?
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post #7 of 14 Old 02-11-2016, 02:35 PM
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From what I know there are several culprits. The Currie Currectlync would be a big help. Do you have a new, heavy duty track bar? Is the Jeep's ball joints in good shape? Control arm bushings?

I have all of the above and it seems to keep my steering in-check.
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post #8 of 14 Old 02-11-2016, 02:42 PM Thread Starter
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When I bought them a year ago but I didn't put them on till last month. And ya I got a new heavy duty trac bar with the kit. The ball joints aren't in the bad of shape either. Control arm bushing are all good too. I thought it could of been the wheel bearings but one has very little tilt to it and the passenger side is fine.
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Have you done a dry steer test to see if anything appears loose?
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post #10 of 14 Old 02-11-2016, 03:50 PM Thread Starter
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ya the tie rod and drag link seemed loose.
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post #11 of 14 Old 02-12-2016, 08:38 PM
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I chased an issue like this for over a year. I too have a 4inch lift. After getting everything tightened up (yes if your tie rod and drag have play-start there)it was my adj control arms. To short, angles to steep. I went to a long arm kit and no more wondering.

Now for you to have bumpsteer there may be another culprit. I was able to get rid of the bumpsteer, but the wondering i never could until i went long arm.

I am not saying a long arm kit is what you need, i am just simply letting you know what i did.

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Thank you for your imput if you don't mind me asking, what long arms did you go to?
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post #13 of 14 Old 02-17-2016, 10:46 AM
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A steering up grade is a good idea but your issue is not because you don't have that up grade.

I would do the dry steering test (you can search that here) to see what may need to be replaced.

I would also do the tape measure alignment (you can search that here) and make sure you have about 1/8 inch toe in. If that isn't the correct amount your when you search tape measure alignment you should find out what works for people.

If that doesn't work rotate your tires to see if things are different. If this changes things (better or worse) you could have a balance or tire wear issue.

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Thank you for your imput if you don't mind me asking, what long arms did you go to?
Rough Country 4-6 Long Arm. I know a lot of folks bash Rough Country- But i have had 2 different lifts from them (and wheel) and they have been great with great customer service.

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