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Old 03-23-2012, 04:51 PM   #1
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Test drove a lifted Jeep and I have a question

I test drove a 2007 JK today with a 2.5" Teraflex lift on it. It also had 35" Mickeys on it. The steering in it seemed really loose to me. Very touchy and sloppy. Seeing as how I have never driven a lifted vehicle before my question is, is it supposed to be like that? Definitely a different feel from a non-lifted Jeep.

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Old 03-23-2012, 04:57 PM   #2
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IMO - let me repeat - IMO it shouldn't feel "really loose", "touchy" or "sloppy". Unless it has a really good price or dealer agrees to "fix" I would walk.

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IMO - let me repeat - IMO it shouldn't feel "really loose", "touchy" or "sloppy". Unless it has a really good price or dealer agrees to "fix" I would walk.
agree. it shouldn't feel SLOPPY, but my jeep's steering is pretty sensitive but it is smooth and consistent in the rotations of my steering wheel, definitely a safe feeling and like I am in control at all times.
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It could be a simple case of the Jeep's caster being off.

It could also be a problem with the bearings...or worse, an issue with the track bar, control arms, etc that might one day introduce the Jeep scourge known as Death Wobble.

Neat little video about DW in this link, along with an explanation of what causes both DW and other tracking/steering problems:

Diagnosing Death Wobble and Fixing Non-DW Shimmies and Wobbles
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Old 03-23-2012, 05:54 PM   #5
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Old 03-23-2012, 06:16 PM   #6
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I test drove a 2007 JK today with a 2.5" Teraflex lift on it. It also had 35" Mickeys on it. The steering in it seemed really loose to me. Very touchy and sloppy. Seeing as how I have never driven a lifted vehicle before my question is, is it supposed to be like that? Definitely a different feel from a non-lifted Jeep.

Thanks in advance.
I'll add this: Most Jeeps with good, quality lifts will handle as well, and often better, than the stock versions.

It may just be a case of a half-assed lift on the one you drove. Or maybe it's a decent lift, but not installed properly. Either way, why buy a potential problem?
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Test drive a stock jeep.

If it's noticeably worse than that, then the lift install isn't really complete (eg, still needs an alignment, or tires aren't balanced, or steering wheel isn't centered, etc), the lift needs additional components (eg, LCAs), or the lift is just poorly installed.

None really inspire much hope. A well installed, high quality lift will handle as well or better than a stock set up.
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Thanks to all of you. To me it just didnt feel like it should. I did walk away and figured I'd try another one later. The dealer that installed it is a Teraflex and AEM dealer and installer so I'd hope it was done right. I'm in no hurry so I will keep comparing but damn I want a Jeep so bad. Lol
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The first drive in mine after the lift I commented to my husband that it felt loose and sloppy....first words out of my mouth then was to ask how much air did he put in the tires when he mounted them. Turns out he had what the tires called for which was way too much. We let some air out...I drove it again and it was perfect. I have a 3" Zone kit with 33's on my 2010. Could be the dealer made the same mistake.
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The first drive in mine after the lift I commented to my husband that it felt loose and sloppy....first words out of my mouth then was to ask how much air did he put in the tires when he mounted them. Turns out he had what the tires called for which was way too much. We let some air out...I drove it again and it was perfect. I have a 3" Zone kit with 33's on my 2010. Could be the dealer made the same mistake.
^^Another good possibility.
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Moundman:
No expert on lifts, here's my experience when shopping for a used Wrangler during a year-long search:

I drove nearly 2 dozens various models new & used. About half of the used ones were lifted to some degree, so about 8-12 different vehicles.

And all were only on the pavement from in-town traffic up to freeway speed.

The 06 Rubi I really wanted, was high lifted with big tires. It was so twitchy I was unable to take my death grip off the wheel. Never was there the famed "Death Wobble" but it wandered and meandered and wouldn't track straight at any speed. The salesman with me said it was 'normal' with Jeeps.

I'm sure there are some out there that are fine. None of the ones I drove were enticing enough to overlook what I didn't like in the steering department.

Keep looking, you'll find the PERFECT rig at just the right time...don't rush it, keep looking.

I was settling in for a new JKU and had all but signed the papers when an absolutely perfect private party JK changed my plans.

No lift, no DW, no problems. Don't know if there's a connection, but in any case, I have no need for a lift anyway.

Photos when you make the leap.

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