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Old 08-24-2014, 02:51 PM   #1
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Steering issue after installing lift

I put a 2-1/2" Rubicon Express lift on a '95 wrangler, the steering was tight and responsive before the lift but now is sluggish like there's slack in the steering wheel, no shackles were added with the lift, rear sway bar was removed and disconnects installed to the front sway bar, I could feel no play in the steering shaft when I tried to turn it by hand...can anyone tell me if this is a symptom of adding the lift or a problem to be dealt with...thanks for any advice you may have.

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Old 08-24-2014, 04:24 PM   #2
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As long as you are sure that everything is tight in regards to the u-bolts and suspension, and you are still having problems, then a dropped pitman arm is probably what is needed along with new tie rods on the drag link.

The slack steering that you are feeling is most likely coming from the different angle that the drag link is now at. When the Jeep is stock, the drag link moves more horizontal in motion, and now with the lift, its at much more of an angle.

Most YJ's don't need a dropped pitman arm unless you go to a 4" kit or higher, but all Jeeps are different.

If it did have a rear sway bar on it, (some did, but it was uncommon) and you removed it, then that can be what it was as well. You were used to driving it with everything "tight" and now the back end is loose and makes it steer funny.

Taking the track bars off wouldn't change anything about how it handles or steers, but a sway bar makes a difference.

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Old 08-24-2014, 05:28 PM   #3
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I put a 2-1/2" Rubicon Express lift on a '95 wrangler, the steering was tight and responsive before the lift but now is sluggish like there's slack in the steering wheel, no shackles were added with the lift, rear sway bar was removed and disconnects installed to the front sway bar, I could feel no play in the steering shaft when I tried to turn it by hand...can anyone tell me if this is a symptom of adding the lift or a problem to be dealt with...thanks for any advice you may have.
I forgot to unlock the steering wheel, tried again and there is slack, looks like I need to make a steering box adjustment, don't understand why it was tight before the lift install and now has slack.
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