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Old 01-09-2008, 10:58 AM   #1
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I recently picked up a 90 yj off a buddy of mine in a poker game and I am having some problems.

I know he did the work himself on it and used a cheap lift kit ( Rough Country). Maybe someone can give me some ideas on what is wrong with it.

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2 inch body
35 inch MT

When I am shifting there is a lot of jerking and grinding/rubbing from the rear of the jeep. This stops when i accelerate but starts when I let off the gas or keep it around 2-3k rpms. I drove this jeep when it was stock and it had non of these problems, which is why I accepted it as a bet.

There is also a lot of play in the steering. When driving it looks like I'm drunk if you are behind me. It doesnt have power steering. I can turn the wheel about 4 inches left or right and the wheels wont turn and it feels very loose.


Since i am currently putting together my own jeep and giving this one to my wife I want it to be atleast safe for offroading.

Can anyone help me ?

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Old 01-09-2008, 11:06 AM   #2
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Sounds like the pinion angle is wrong in the rear, and you need a new steering box in the front. Check everything in the steering system (balljoints, wheel bearings, etc.) The grinding noise you hear in the back is most likely the u-joints binding. They will fail in the near future, more than likely. When that happened with my YJ, I had about 45 seconds from the time the noise started until the u-joint at the x-fer case failed and the driveshaft hit the bottom of the tub while I was doing 70, sounded like a shotgun in the back seat!

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Old 01-09-2008, 01:07 PM   #3
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i know very little about the workings of any vehicle so humor me.

how do i get the pinion angle correctly set up?

since i dont have power steering in it would it make sense to convert it at this point since i need a new steering box ?

And by the way ... It looks like the drive shaft and everything else down there is stock. Should there have been some new parts put on when the lift was installed ?
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Old 01-09-2008, 01:35 PM   #4
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well assuming since he got a rough country lift there should be what looks like a piece of square stock about an inch big inbetween the transfercase skid plate and the frame, power steering would be nice, i cant remeber the year but there is a few years of durangos that have the same bolt pattern but are a heavier duty steering box. what i found when i had the rough country lift is that it sagged an was causing me to snap off rear tailshaft housings on the transfer case since i redid my lift with a quality set of springs it is 400% better and rides smoother and the steering is much nicer and easier with the durango steering box too.

you can change the pinion angle with shims that go under the leaf springs on the axle. most spring shops sell them
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:49 PM   #5
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i have been looking online at different set ups and how there shafts look.. if I posted a pic of my drive shaft could anyone tell me if its screwed up?
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Old 01-09-2008, 02:54 PM   #6
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I recently had a similar problem; bad grinding, but only on deceleration. I just ended up taking it to a shop...$1650 later, I needed a new locker and 2 new axle shafts, because my c-clip elims were messed up, a bearing was screwed, and a couple other things. I couldn't buy the part I need from ARB because it is discontinued, which forced me to get new stuff. I had a bad rear u-joint, too.
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Old 01-09-2008, 08:09 PM   #7
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sounds like yer buddy won the hand after all...
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Old 01-10-2008, 02:39 PM   #8
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look at the sticky on SYE - it'll give some insight on the pinion angle and drive shaft replacement. I haven't done it myself, but I'm thinking of doing it when I install a RubiconExpress 4" lift. Good luck.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:58 AM   #9
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The funny thing is that my buddy has now offered to replace anything that is screwed up on the jeep since i didnt invite him to the last game.
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The funny thing is that my buddy has now offered to replace anything that is screwed up on the jeep since i didnt invite him to the last game.
Boomer!!

That IS a friend, there.

How about you two sharing the cost and the work on fixing it up. Would be a good jesture on both parts.
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Old 01-11-2008, 09:02 PM   #11
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ok, who is getting hit by the big beer can....

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