|05-31-2011 09:20 PM|
|vonHammer||Did the same as KCrisp. Had to lift one side on the frame to position the sawsall at the right angle. Drilled 1/4 pilot and then 1/2 final bore. Damper on and it is noght and day. Former Jeep dealer said that the tie-rod puts the bolt in compression under normal loading. If you jack up the frame and let the front axle hang, you will be successful with a hammer. Good luck.|
|05-31-2011 09:11 AM|
|KCrisp||The pin issue is covered in one of my prior posts and I tried everything. Some people swear that if you hit it from the side with a big hammer it will come free. I tried that for many, many swings and it didn't work for me. I had to cut if off with a reciprocating saw then drill it out. Maybe you will get lucky. No jackstands needed, just a lot of patience.|
|05-31-2011 08:28 AM|
Changed ours on Sunday, 97, 137000, and was original.
Whoa boy did it make a difference. Used a Moog H/D. Before your could spin the wheel like there was nothing connected. Now you can feel it when you turn the wheel.
Like Pock Heebs said it's a world of difference.
No lift/jack/stands needed. Easy access. The pin can be a MAJOR PITA.
I've been a tech for over 30 years, doing a lot of front end work. Usually a couple of sharp raps on the drag link with a hammer will pop joints loose.
Not ours. It laughed at smacking the bar, using a pitman arm remover, a pickle fork, and a lot of not so nice words. Finally took a mapp torch and heated up the pin. POP, it jumped out on it's own.
The old shock would collapse under it's own weight when stood up right.
|05-31-2011 07:54 AM|
|05-31-2011 07:26 AM|
|KCrisp||Your stock steering damper is probably worn out. Even a Monroe replacement would make a noticeable difference; with no resistance the vehicle is harder to control when you, for example, have to make a rapid lane change. If you have as much trouble with the tapered pin as some of us, you may not enjoy this job much.|
|05-31-2011 05:20 AM|
New Steering Damper...worth it?
I have a 98 TJ 4 banger with 105k on it...my handling seems alright I guess but I want to add things and work on it myself bc I enjoy it(never cared about my last and first car- 1995 chevy s10)
Is this worth upgrading? I was thinking the OLd Man Emu bc eventually I think I want to add the OME 2" suspension