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Old 06-16-2014, 11:39 PM
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Steering issue at Firewall TJ 2000 Sport

Just picked up a 2000 TJ sport , it has a 4 inch lift and a 2 inch body lift.
The lift and shocks look to be more than enough years old to achieve a rusty used look.
I ordered a SYE kit for it as that seemed to be the only mod with the suspension lift that was not done by the previous owner yet. Not sure what brand lift.

Anyways the issue is the steering arm going through the firewall just does not look right... Is there a mod to the steering linkage that is required? I have attached images of the steering linkage.

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Old 06-16-2014, 11:43 PM   #2
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No mods I know of. Looks fine. Lots of stuff in pics. If it drives fine no worries. There are stronger rock crawling upgrades. Not needed. IMHO I don't do boulders though. Just trails. I think your fine if it functions fine.

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Old 06-17-2014, 09:14 AM
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Yes, drives fine. Steering wheel also is fine. Just that gap was worrying me. I will make a boot to cover the hole I guess.

I have a few more additions to add before I go out playing. Just got a winch from a friend that I need to mount. Will add front and rear lockers this winter. Also, I want to install a few skid plates, mainly the fuel tank and oil pan.

Thank you for the answer
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Old 06-17-2014, 12:41 PM   #4
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The reason you have a gap at the firewall and steering shaft is the 2" body lift was installed and the steering shaft bracket was never addressed. The shaft is on to steep of an angle which is why the rotating grommet won't stay in position. Most people get away with the stock bracket on a 1" BL but as you can see 2" is too much. The shaft may even be rubbing on the firewall. You have three choices.
You can plug the hole and forget about it until the ujoints wear out in the $400 shafts.
You can buy the 1" raised bracket from M.O.R.E which will help substantially and the grommet should stay in.
Or you can modify your stock mount to the required height like I did.

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Old 06-18-2014, 09:51 AM
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Just now ordered the More riser, thanks! I have a friend a city over that wields , nest time I get to his place I will ask him to modify the original part, just do not know when that will be!
The dude I bought the jeep from was just getting ready to remove the body lift before I purchased it, not sure if I will keep it on. So far I have no issues either way and have left the lift alone.
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