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post #1 of 7 Old 04-06-2018, 03:28 PM Thread Starter
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Sway bar link

I’m wondering how I could find out which sway bars I should buy. I got a 97TJ 2.5 5 speed with 33’s and a lift. I’m not sure what size it is. I looked up different ways to find out but nothing I come up with seems right. I’m getting a walk or wander or sway or bump steer not really sure which terminology it is but needles to say it’s a little hard to keep between the lines when I’m on the highway even going at 35-40 mph. Can’t go much fast anyway since I think the tires are to big for that size motor. It was all on it when I bought the Jeep. Here are some pics the first one I am measuring the sway bar link

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post #2 of 7 Old 04-06-2018, 04:04 PM
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measure your springs to find out lift height and go back to the OEM pitman arm. the drop pitman arm is causing your bump steer.

may want to check toe in as well, its a fairly easy DIY measurement.

what psi are the tires at?

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post #3 of 7 Old 04-06-2018, 04:32 PM Thread Starter
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The psi are 29. When I looked up the OEM outran it looks similar to the one that’s in there. Is there anyway I can find out if it is an after market one?
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post #4 of 7 Old 04-06-2018, 07:25 PM
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The sway bar won't cause your Jeep to wander or have bump steer. Your bump steer problem, as noted by Ironhead, is caused by the drop pitman arm you have installed when one is not required due to still having stock trackbar mounting points. Yes, the OEM pitman looks similar, but it is not the same as what you have installed. Your wandering problem can be due to improper front end alignment, worn or loose steering or trackbar ends, or simply by your wide tires following all the ruts and imperfections in the road. A dry steering test and check of alignment specs will help narrow down the cause of your problem.


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post #5 of 7 Old 04-06-2018, 09:03 PM Thread Starter
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Awesome thanks a lot for the positive feedback. It’s greatly appreciated. Ok I will look into ordering a new OEM pitarm and get that replaced and go from there with checking the toe in and alignment issues.
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Go to a local 4x4 shop and you can probably get an OEM pitman arm for little to nothing...
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post #7 of 7 Old 04-07-2018, 05:23 AM
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The dpa is causing your problem. Put a stock one back on and align the front end.

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