Well I still get a single popping sound when I turn if I hit a bump in the turn. I just did a new track bar, all 4 balljoints and both hub bearings. I think I'm going to replace all the tie rod ends now even though they seem tight.
IF by dry steer test you mean jeep off and turning the wheel i have done it over and over with no result. I havnt been jut throwing parts at it trust me lol everything ive replaced so far was due to be replaced im just shocked that with the condition they were in they werent making the noise. i cant seem to duplicate the sound unless im driving the jeep and take a turn and even then it wont happen all the time.
im wondering if maybe its my steering box getting ready to for good, its always had decent play since i bought the jeep a few years ago.
About the axle ujoints, this sound isnt constant like you would get with unjoints. its a single pop and 99% of the time while making right turns. plus both front ujoints are less then a month old and are tight
stock replacement from autozone. i was going to go adjustable from an aftermarket company but im only on 2" of lift which the stock bar is fine with. plus i didnt want to deal with the horror stories of track bars hitting diff covers and such. my jeep is tall enough with 2" spacers and a 1" body lift
if you recently replaced your track bar make sure that the trackbar bolt is not loose, or had been loose in the past and widened the hole... after i did my lift , the rough country front track bar adj threads stripped out and caused a death wobble, the place i took it to to weld it and fine tune the alignment stripped out the t55 head and it was slightly loose and was getting a pop on turns, replaced it with a standard hex bolt grade 8, havent had an issue since. if the hole had been widened i would weld a washer onto the axle to correct this issue.
well new development, i was able to get the jeep to make the noise only once in the driveway by pushing down on the passenger side fender and bouncing a little. its a single popping noise comparable to tapping a wrench on something metal and hollow....hmmmm
im worried i have something that is going to go and leave me stranded :/ but all the steering tie rods seem tight after focusing a camera on them and watching them for movement.....so frustrating.
also, it seems my new track bar has a little play at the axle bushing...not a lot its as if the bushing is just flexing...normal?
to add to it i just put and extra 100 or so pounds on the front end via my winch lol.
every vehicle that I have ever owned, that has popped/chunked when turning and hitting a bump/pothole, it has always been a broken/ worn shock/strut.
How old are yours? If you have done all that, your pretty much at the end of the line in parts that can pop/chunk/clunk
I've over greased mine and had to replace parts because the boots exploded / cracked / gave out / whatever you want to call it. Now its only every 2nd-3rd oil change.
I am sad to say I have never, offroaded.... but I always say how I want to go every weekend....