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Old 11-12-2015, 11:15 AM
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Another Loose Steering Question

I've got a 2005 Sport with a lift that I bought a couple of weeks ago that I have been fixing a few little issues on. The biggest issues I have left are some pretty loose steering and a rear main seal leak with the steering being my biggest concern. I've got play when turning the wheel from about 11 to 1 and it's been that way since I bought it. I've already replaced the steering stabilizer and the drag link TRE at the pitman arm as both were worn but neither made a difference. In reading through all of the other threads on this same topic, I feel like it's either the pitman arm potentially being a drop arm or steering gear box is shot because I'm not seeing any play in the other components.

My first question is - Do I have a drop pitman arm? I think so but not sure.
My 2nd questions is - Does the rest of the steering geometry look good?

I can add a video later too if needed, just trying to fix it without dumping a ton of money.

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Yes you have a drop pitman arm get rid of that first and replace with a oe pitman arm. I just did mine a month ago and what a difference.

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Also are you running a lift. If so do you have an adjustable track bar or has the oe one bin modified?
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Yes you have a drop pitman arm get rid of that first and replace with a oe pitman arm. I just did mine a month ago and what a difference.
That's what I figured, thanks for confirming. I'm going to order an OEM one now.

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Also are you running a lift. If so do you have an adjustable track bar or has the oe one bin modified?
It is lifted but not sure exactly how much or what brand. The previous owner claimed it was a Rubicon Express so I guess that's right but haven't found any markings to confirm. It's around a 3-4" lift with Pro Comp shocks (rough as hell). It doesn't have an adjustable track bar, just an unmodified stock one best I can tell.
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Measure your springs front sitting on ground are 12" front stock and 8" rear stock anything over that is the lift. Yeah mine also had an rubicon express lift when I got it so far I have replaced the Control arms to currie shocks to the new rancho rs5000x and got rid of the drop pitman arm. Bout the only part I have left is the coils and they seem to be ok.
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I just ordered the OEM pitman arm from Quadratec so I'm hoping that helps with the steering, it's a clincher. I checked my lift and it looks like it's 4" based on the coil measurement.
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Old 11-12-2015, 05:42 PM   #7
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Another thing to help with the ruff ride is to check your tire pressure. If your running 33x12.5 tires they should be around 28psi that will help a great deal if they are overinflated. Mine were at 35 when i purchased my jeep and i could feel every bump in the road.
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Funny you said that, I just deflated mine to 30 earlier this afternoon in hopes of it helping. They were all 34-37 psi, crazy.
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Between lowing the tire pressure and swaping the drop pitman arm you should notice a better difference in the drivability and stearing in your jeep. Any other questions feel free to ask gook luck man
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I wanted to report back on this thread. I ordered a stock pitman arm to replace the drop pitman that was on the jeep when I bought it in hopes it would fix the loose steering. I got it swapped out this morning and it seems to have worked. I was convinced that I would also need a new steering box but I'm amazed at how much tighter the steering is now with just changing the arm so I'm sticking with it. On to the valve cover gasket now. Thanks for the help on this one.

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