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Old 03-17-2012, 02:51 PM   #1
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Found the rub - 31" Duratracs on Canyon rims (w/pics)

So my 31" tires have been rubbing at full lock. Problem was not fixed with a lift. I had a look today.
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This shot shows there is still about 1/8" before reaching the steering stop (if you don't know where the steering stop bolt is, look about 1 inch below the U joint - see the gap in all the rust, the head of the stop bolt is the right of the gap):
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The grating noise I hear is from the top of the swaybar link rubbing the tire. The bigger concern is that the link bracket on the axle is digging a groove into the sidewall. You can see this as a dark ring under the word "WRANGLER" on the tire. Looks like time for either new rims with less BS or to get the rusted in steering stops cut off and longer stops welded in place (this would be the less expensive option in the short term, but I don't know this is what I would prefer). I know what my options are and how I am leaning, primarily posting this so folks who get tire rub know what kind of damage can happen to their tires. I would not have known about the damage to the inside wall of the tire if I had not heard the rub on the upper end of the link, which is not damaging the tire (in fact the rub tended to break the links).

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Old 03-17-2012, 03:02 PM   #2
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Just spray the steering stop with some PB blaster and adjust it. It's a bolt. I forget what size off the top of my head but if you really need I could go check mine.

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Old 03-17-2012, 03:18 PM   #3
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I had talked to the dealer about this when it was in for service. They wouldnt even consider trying to pull the bolt. Its part of the knuckle now. My past personal experience with the nuts and bolts on the axle and links on this jeep is that they crumble too much to get off. I had to take an angle grinder to one nut on a oem link, and you may.notice the new hub bolt in one of the pictures - they all crumbled when trying to remove.
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Old 03-17-2012, 03:34 PM   #4
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If it's that bad then I would drill and tap it. I wouldn't weld a longer one on because of future adjustments. Your jeep though so in the end it's your choice.
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Old 03-17-2012, 04:02 PM   #5
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My steering stop was only just over hand right when I removed mine. I added two washers, replaced the bolt and all rubbing problems were solved.

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I re-read this and realized you said it was rusted solid. So disregard my previous comment. Sounds like you've tried to loosen it already on your own.
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Well i was told.it was rusted solid. Did not check after being told this. So i was going to have the bolt cut off and an extension welded on. When i picked up the jeep i found 4 washers under each stop bolt. Prefer this solution, should be able to pull these out when i get new wheels.

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