I bought an 88 yj with a 2 1/2 suspension lift, 33" tires. Jeep seems to wonder. I have taken the traking bars off and that seemed to help. All ball joints in front seem tight. Have decided to order the shims to correct caster on front end and am thinking about tie rod end flip. Have checked tow in on front end and it is towed in 3/8, not terrible off but will correct tomorrow. Any thoughts and other suggestions from you veterans would be appreciated.
02-12-2011 07:08 PM
Forgot to add. During breaking front end seems to buck side to side, like I'm going over bumps.
02-12-2011 08:05 PM
Maybe wheels out of balance? Also check the nut and lock washer on the pitman arm. If not torqued enough (190 ft. lbs) it can give a wandering feeling to the Jeep. The tie rod end flip should not be needed with ony a 2 1/2" lift. When you checked the ball joints, did you check to see if the boots were cracked and the grease leaked out? If you can jack up the front of the Jeep, shake the wheels from top to bottom and see if there is any play. Hope this helps out and welcome to the forum.
02-12-2011 08:56 PM
Jacked up jeep this afternoon. Had no play on wheels. All ball joints seemed tight. With just the 2 1/2 lift you don't think I should have to mess with the steering? Thanks for the welcome. Nice to have alot of helpful feedback.. Forgot to mention. Ball joints do seem to have bad boots with greese all over.
02-12-2011 09:54 PM
Yeah, check the ball joints for slop. An easy test is to get another person to sit in the drivers seat while you are kneeling down in front of it. Have them turn the steering left to right and see if the linkages have any play in them. From the pitman arm on down. The arms should move as soon as your friend turns the wheel. If it rotates front to back, that is slop. If it moves after turning the steering wheel is another indicator.
With only a 2 1/2" lift, you should not need to do anything special to the steering componets. I have a 4" lift and the kit came with a dropped pitman arm. I used it becuase it came with the kit. Many others say that it is not necessary.
02-13-2011 08:31 AM
I'll check steering again today. Did you have to install shims to correct your caster after the lift?
02-13-2011 09:51 AM
Nope, no shims or anything. I did install the Rough Country 4" lift and the rear springs came with a slanted riser to keep the pinion angle good. The front was a direct install.