Last night in doing my tightning over haul, i jacked up the jeep and let the front suspension hang in mid air so I could tighten everything up like crazy w/ my impact gun.
While checking the wheel bearings to make sure there wasnt any play I turned the ignition to the "on position" and let the steering wheel freely spin. I started moving the drivers side wheel side to side like it was turning and noticed that this bar (as shown below) is actually bowing / flexing just by shaking it slightly by hand. If I am able to do this with just a few lbs of force by hand I can only only imagine the forces that are put on it at 70mph while driving down the road hitting a pot hole.
I am not sure what this bar is called but it connects the Steering gear box > the stablizer shock which connects to the tie rods to turn the wheels.
Is this common or a known issue? Or know of any way to fix this?