im a new jeep owner and i was wondering what are the cons to having a body lift? i have a 98 sahara with a 4 in body lift and the jeep is all over the road at 35mph+.. does the lift have anything to do with the jeep being all over the road? driving is quite scary..
I had a friend whos CJ would wander terribly at anything over 30 mph. It turned out the steering damper shock was knocked out of location from a previous hit, and needed to be removed and repositioned.
a pro: easy way to clear taller tires and get a little more flex when you're off roading.
a con: 4" puts your tub up pretty high. there are 11 bolts that are keeping your tub connected to the frame. the longer those bolts are from the tub and frame, the more stress they're gonna withstand and after some extreme pressure they might give...hopefully you've got grade 8's in there holding ya up
i have after market suspension but im not sure what kind. the guy i bought it off bought the jeep from an auction and then he had to put in a rear transfer case. thats for the 4 wheel drive correct?? also the rear passenger side shock is broke along the trailing arm. i need to replace that asap..does the steering damper shock have anything to do with the weening noise under the steering wheel when i turn? also what are grade 8's??
It sounds like you have multiple problems. I'd fix the obvoisly broken shock to start with. That may be whats causing the instability. If that doesn't fix the issue, then I'd look deeper, like the steering damper.
so what your saying is that my body lift has nothing todo with my jeep being all over the road??cause i was wondering if i should remove them if possible or keep them on?i really dont want to take them off if i dont have to..
ya the lift probably has nothing to do with handling issues when you're driving normally that you're discribing. the whinning noise when you steer, does that show up when you first start driving in the morning/ when its cold? i use to get that all the time in the winter, on cold starts i'd get that weening noise, simple solution is to spray some wd40, Pb blaster, or what i did was throw some grease on the shaft joint write before the firewall.
the rubber seal against the fire wall for the steering rod is pushed threw fhe fire wall but i listened to that and it doesnt seem to be the problem.it seems to be coming right inside the jeep from the steering wheel..it doesnt matter if its cold or warm, the jeep always makes that weening noise. anyone know what i could be?
go between your front and rear tires and take a picture below the tub. As in act like youre trying to get into your passenger side door, kneel and take a picture. I wouldnt doubt you dont have 4" of BL, you probably had some suspension lift if you had anything more. And from the looks of your picture unzoomed in, your Jeep doenst even look like its lifted much.
to upload a pic... go to the bottom of the page and there's a quick reply box, at the bottom of that box is a "go advanced" button, click that. then at the top of the next box, you'll have a bunch of options, click the paper clip "attachements" , a small pop up will show up and you can upload your pics from there, then to insert them just click the paper clip again and select the right image. GL!
I have a 3" BL. and a 4" Suspension. Although I honestly don't like BL's... I've had no problems with it effecting my drive. If I remember right, I'm sitting on grade 5 bolts. No don't get me wrong. I agree that grade 8's are a safer route. But, I've also beat the fire outta mine Jeep. I've even jumped it with all 4 wheels over 2 foot off the ground. It's just my opinion, but if you hit something hard enough to break all the bolts off your body lift, your gonna be dead whether you got grade 8's or not. I would however do routine maintenance on the BL. At least once a year I double check and tighten all body bolts. I time it the same month as my birthday... just easier to remember the year mark that way, but pick your own method. I also grease fittings and such at time. As far as being all over the road, Sometimes a BL comes with an extended Pitman Arm. This drops the arm to the stock height for the steering components. You can measure your Pitman Arm and measure a stock one to compare. Check for worn bushings and upgrade to Poly's when they need replacing.