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Razorbackrider 06-10-2009 01:56 PM

Suspension Question 1997 TJ
Hello this is probably a stupid question but I just picked up a 1997 TJ (Will Post pics Later) It has a hardtop. My question is when you turn the steering wheel left then right, the jeep feels like it wants to roll over could the shocks be worn out or could it be the springs? I am trying to fix as cheap as possible because Iwant to throw on a lift kit in a couple of mohths. Should I look to replace the shocks? Any suggestions would be appreciated. Also I used to have CJ7 never a TJ, can you lift a TJ by simply changing springs and shocks?:D


jdhallissey 06-10-2009 02:01 PM

Like it wants to roll over??? Moving or not? Your springs and shocks maybe shot. IF they are they will toss you and keep bouncing after you hit a bump. Cheap lifts you can get a 2" budget boost for cheap and dependable.

4point 06-10-2009 02:04 PM

Its most likely just your shocks.

jerryj 06-10-2009 02:14 PM

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I have a 97 TJ it had a 2" spring lift on it when I got it w 31x10.5x15 it looked really good heres a pic.

Jerry Bransford 06-10-2009 02:20 PM

Maybe the previous owner was clueless and removed or disconnected the front and/or rear antiswaybars. I'd check there first, followed by checking for blown shock absorbers. Also, what size tires does it have an exactly what air pressure is in them? :)

erickpl 06-10-2009 02:58 PM

x2 on the swaybars.

My 97, when I purchased it used from a Lt.Col at Edwards AFB in California, did not have a front sway bar at ALL! $10.00 and some JKS quicker disconnects later, I was in business and a much more stable ride.

Do you know where to look to check for the swaybars?

Note the swaybar links. The swaybar itself for the front will be behind your bumper under that plastic JEEP cover just in front of the grille.

jerryj 06-10-2009 06:28 PM

Great illustration Iiiiiiii like it!! Is that a sun visor in the last pic.I like that too :D

Jerry Bransford 06-10-2009 06:35 PM


Originally Posted by jerryj (Post 385838)
Great illustration Iiiiiiii like it!! Is that a sun visor in the last pic.I like that too :D

All this time of seeing those eyes on his rig, I thought it was just a photochop pic. If that's a visor, I want one myself! :D

jerryj 06-10-2009 07:02 PM

they gotta have them if i find one i'll let you know I bet Wallymart's got em

J33P 06-10-2009 07:15 PM

Might possibly be a worn out steering stabilizer. On my old 99 Ram I replaced the old one and it was like night and day when turning.

cret0013 06-10-2009 08:19 PM

sollid pic

350chevrolet 06-10-2009 08:58 PM

sway bar end links probably.

Razorbackrider 06-12-2009 11:01 PM

Well I have the jeep at my house now so tomorrow I will start crawling around and see What I can Find, it definitly feels like it is from the rear end>

Razorbackrider 06-16-2009 02:28 PM

I decided to buy new bushings for rear control arm and sway bar bushings as well as a 2.5 inch coil lift with new shocks I will let everyone know how it turns out. The lower control arm bushings were very rotted looking sway bar bushings pretty rotted as well and the shocks looked to be origional very rusted.

Razorbackrider 06-16-2009 07:06 PM

Finally some pics of the new jeep
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So here are the pics of my new to me toy!:D

Razorbackrider 06-16-2009 07:08 PM


Originally Posted by jerryj (Post 385674)
I have a 97 TJ it had a 2" spring lift on it when I got it w 31x10.5x15 it looked really good heres a pic.

I do like the way yor jeep looks I am awaiting my 2.5 spring progressive lift, once I get that I will start to think about wheels!:D

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