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Steering feels "loose".

My steering has been feeling kind of loose lately. It feels a bit like I am constantly correcting to keep it going straight and centered in the lane. I installed an RK Max Travel kit in November. I did retorque everything shortly after installing the lift, and I'm going to do it again as soon as either the weather permits or I can find someplace kinda dry to do it. Any ideas on things I should look for as the cause if retourquing everything doesn't change anything?

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I have that problem too! 3.5" re standard kit on 37's... Rest is stock...


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I found that the stock stearing was sloopy even when new. But after about 60K it was worse. Turns out my ball joints were wore out and the stock non servacable tie rod ends weren't helping. New ball joints and tie rod ends and its tighter now than it ever was. Well worth the work.

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Have someone rock the steering wheel back and forth and check your steering box TRE's and ball joints for any play if that all looks good check your Toe and make sure you have a little Toe in if it's straight up or out a little bit it will wander on the road!
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I've been having the same problem. Since I just installed a RK tie rod with new TREs (one Moog, one random off-brand ) I'm thinking it's the balljoints. Although, I'm about to replace the TREs because I'm anal about shit like that.

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Maybe it is time for vanna to get an RK tie rid and tie rid ends! Hmmm


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its a jeep. drove like shit when i first bought mine and it drives better with a lift. but it still drives sketchy.

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Theres actually a big recall on the steering column on most wranglers from 07-11 and maybe 2012 not sure but you guys should check it out with your dealer, all you have to do is provide them with your vin. I just got the letter in the mail few weeks ago.
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Check the two bolts on your turnbuckle and make sure they are tightly fastened. This can have an affect on the "tightness" of your steering and if they are loose, it can have too much play or movement in it before turning the wheels.
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Theres actually a big recall on the steering column on most wranglers from 07-11 and maybe 2012 not sure but you guys should check it out with your dealer, all you have to do is provide them with your vin. I just got the letter in the mail few weeks ago.
isn't that recall for the clock spring?

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Check out this thread, about replacing your track bar bolts with 9/16 looks very inexpensive and like a must do. Also Poly and northridge 4x4 have kits to replace all of the control arm bolts as well as the track bar with 9/16.

https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65739

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I have to say I have some "looseness" or "slop" goin on as well. I cant pinpoint when it started, but ever since I put 35" tires on the whole front end seems loose and I recently centered my steering wheel so I know that area is torqued and tight. I think my ball joints, tie rod, and drag link need to be upgraded and all of this will go away. The front end just feels weak with bigger tires.

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Check out this thread, about replacing your track bar bolts with 9/16 looks very inexpensive and like a must do. Also Poly and northridge 4x4 have kits to replace all of the control arm bolts as well as the track bar with 9/16.

https://www.jkowners.com/forum/showthread.php?t=65739
just looked at this and saw the synergy suspension parts package for the JK hardware.... $65 bucks and it gives you all the hardware replacements!!!! MARCUS!!!!! i need you!

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