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Old 04-16-2015, 08:44 AM
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Steering Stop Mystery

I have a bone stock 2001 TJ that I got from a used car dealer. The ride came with 15x8 factory wheels and 225/75 cheapo tires, so I recently added Duratrac 31/10.5/15 tires to those wheels.

But I got squeal-rub at full lock right turn, so I went to add some washers to the left steering stop bolt. When I got under there I found 2 washers on the left side and 3 on the right already installed. I added a third washer to the left side and that took care of the rubbing.

So here's my consternation: Why were there existing washers, and why did 2 washers on the left side not keep the new larger tires from rubbing? My thought is that the last owner had the TJ either lifted and/or with overlarge tires and the used car dealer removed at least the tires and put on the cheapos which were brand new when I bought the Jeep.

With that in mind should I be looking for signs or symptoms that the TJ was "overstressed" in some way from what the last guy did, and if so what should I be looking for? If he had larger heavier tires could various parts have been damaged in ways that might not be readily apparent; the axels, the bearings, various tie rods, whatever?

Thanks for the advice.

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Yes, this might be the case. Check tie rod ends, ball joints for wear and all the places in the steering set up where it connects to make sure they are tight. Bigger tires and such also put a strain on steering gears in the box too. This might cause a leak. It did in mine and I replaced with the stronger Durango box. Good luck and congrats on the purchase!!!

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Check and see it your track bar has been moved from it's original position more to the driver's side on the axle bracket, or see if it has an adjustable track bar.
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