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Old 03-29-2013, 02:52 PM   #1
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Steering issues - wrong pitman arm or other?

Hey i have a 99' SE 5 speed that was swapped to a 6 cylinder at some point, it is lifted what appears to me not much more than 4 inches. My track bar bolt snapped last week and I fixed it with a grade 12 socket cap screw and everything so its good now. Recently though, my steering has been tight which i thought was good but now I notice that the steering wheel doesnt come back to center on its own and the column itself seems to have play

My question is should I take the drop pitman arm which the previous owner installed off and just put on an oem pitman arm. I have read that you dont need a dpa until you lift over 6 inches. no real bumpsteer that i can feel right now but the steering is definitely not right. If the suspension angles look good could it be a failing steering pump or something like that? the steering pump doesnt seem to be making any groaning noises and at high speeds the steering loosens up a little

I have pics below to show you guys my suspension angles they might not be the best but let me know. My limited observations being a newb of sorts looks like the tie rod, drag link and steering stabilizer are all very close to each other even though the drag link and track bar are supposed to be parallel i feel like the drop pitman arm is not necessary and is causing me steering problems overall. i've done a lot of research and looked at a lot of other jeeps and never seem to see the drag link so perpendicular to the ground






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Old 03-29-2013, 07:37 PM   #2
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your angles do look that bad from the pics.. drag link and track bar should be at same angle and in the picture the angles look good.. did this steering play start after the track bar bolt snapped or was ongoing prior to that

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Old 03-29-2013, 07:41 PM   #3
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U do not really need the arm. Some kits like skyjacker include them but they do more damage the good.
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:05 PM   #4
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there is thread on here about your steering wheel not returning to center when your driving straight just a minor adjustment that involves like loosening a few bolts and recentering the wheel. i used my stock pitman arm on my lift
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:13 PM   #5
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imo i would upgrade from the stock steering stabilizer
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Old 03-29-2013, 08:24 PM   #6
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Can't see the drivers side, but if there is no drop bracket on the frame side track bar mount, then you need to remove drop Pitman arm and go back to stock.
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:04 PM   #7
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The steering play has always been there - i had to straighten the wheel with the drag link piece which has it centered but you still need to kind of choose one direction to hold pressure on the wheel to stay straight. the wheel is usually at 11:30-12:30 while going straight.

there is no drop bracket on the drivers side of the track bar, it is connected to the solid steel piece that is welded to the frame - does not look aftermarket at all.

I am going to get a rancho rs5000 stabilizer and return to the original pitman arm at the same time i think - does that sound like the right course of action?
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Old 03-29-2013, 09:30 PM   #8
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Yes that would be a good start. Then check your toe in, should be 1/16" to 1/8".
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Old 03-30-2013, 09:16 AM   #9
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I fixed the toe in this morning and it appears that my tie rod is bent ever so slightly but I do notice a slight difference In the way it steers by fixing the toe in
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Old 03-30-2013, 11:45 AM   #10
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Buy a tie rod for a 97 5.2 liter grand Cherokee this a cheap mod to strengthen that week from tie rod. That's something down the road I wanna do

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