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Old December 18th, 2011, 12:01 PM   #1
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Default Steering wandering & "notchy"

Everything is tight, except the steering box has a little play in it.

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Old December 21st, 2011, 09:00 PM   #2
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bent steering stabilizer, bad ball joints?
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Old December 21st, 2011, 09:22 PM   #3
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Frozen axle joints?
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Old December 21st, 2011, 10:19 PM   #4
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What vehicle are you asking about?
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Old December 21st, 2011, 10:29 PM   #5
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stock steering? i assume its for a cherokee by the tag you put...
what modifications do you have to begin with? CAs? track bar? etc...

if everything is tight, have someone get in the drivers seat and turn the wheel left and right while you try to identify the parts that arent functioning properly.

the steering box should have no play...

but id also check your track bar. they frame side mount is notorious for wallowing out and allowing the axle to move side to side. even a fraction of an inch, is enough to be felt at the wheel when going down the road. or the axle side mount could be loose/wallowed.

TREs... even if they are tight, make sure there is no play. youll see the drag link or tie rod doing some funky stuff.

check your wheel bearings and ball joints (crudely) by doing the "12 and 6 and "9 and 3" test. grab the wheel at those points, and rock it with the vehicle off the ground. there should be zero play.





these are all things you can do for free, without consuming much time. try to identify the problem before simply throwing money at it. start there and report back.

a note on everything being "tight," make sure its to spec, not "as fucking tight as i can get it," this is to properly set preload on your bushings increasing their life and letting them function properly.

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Wandering and notchy make me guess that the steering box may be an issue.
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Wandering and notchy make me guess that the steering box may be an issue.
I was thinking the U-joint in the intermediate shaft.
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Old December 22nd, 2011, 02:01 AM   #8
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You can grab the steering shaft @ the box and see there is a little play before the pitman arm moves.
Someone said there is adjustment on the steering box. I am going to look into that.
I am looking for XJ/Jeep specific issues. I know my way around, but have owned Fords for years and this is my 1st Jeep. Things like the trac bar wallowing out on the frame side, I'll look into that.
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Time for Durango box upgrade !
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Time for Durango box upgrade !
Unless that isn't the problem, as has been suggested above...
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So a Durango box is a bolt on?
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Old December 27th, 2011, 11:54 PM   #12
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Unless that isn't the problem, as has been suggested above...
I didn't have a issue with my stock one but read the Durango one was a better fit. The moment I put it on my whole jeep drove x100 times better. It's a direct match to a 98 TJ. ( sorry I can't remember if it fits all years) but you just take the pitman arm off durango box ( 97-99??) and put your jeep one on and it mounts right up. Make sure not to get the one that has steering stops..

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I didn't have a issue with my stock one but read the Durango one was a better fit. The moment I put it on my whole jeep drove x100 times better. It's a direct match to a 98 TJ. ( sorry I can't remember if it fits all years) but you just take the pitman arm off durango box ( 97-99??) and put your jeep one on and it mounts right up. Make sure not to get the one that has steering stops..

http://www.jeeps-offroad.com/article...conversion.php
did this help when your steering was wondering?
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I had the same problem. I ended up buying a lower steering shaft (the one that runs into the box). It was about $200. Mine had a lot of slop in the joint.
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Old December 28th, 2011, 01:29 PM   #15
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Does the Durango box work on the XJ (Cherokee)?
My box is the culprit. The steering with 'catch' slightly on occasion and seems to be loose on the right side.
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TE=jcd302;2899507]Does the Durango box work on the XJ (Cherokee)?
My box is the culprit. The steering with 'catch' slightly on occasion and seems to be loose on the right side.[/QUOTE]

Yes it will fit the cherokee...seach over on cherokee forum their is a write up on it.....i believe you get a 98 Durango box that is without snowplow option but cant remember for sure.
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