Loose feeling front end


Arch50

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Hi. I have a 2017 Rubicon with 2 inch blocks with 37x12.50x 17 inch wheels. I bought it this way. I just put a dual stabilizer on it and it still feels loose. Any ideas? Also it has this really soft feel to the springs. Should I get better springs to lift it and get the blocks out? Any advice would be greatly Appreciated. Really want the steering fixed.
 
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Have you checked your steering gearbox, tie rods and ball joints for slop?
Yes. I took it to the dealer and had an alignment done as well as an inspection of all parts. Alignment made a little difference but not completely fixed.
 

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Yes. I took it to the dealer and had an alignment done as well as an inspection of all parts. Alignment made a little difference but not completely fixed.


Slop in the steering gearbox isn't really part of a normal alignment.
 

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Hi. I have a 2017 Rubicon with 2 inch blocks with 37x12.50x 17 inch wheels. I bought it this way. I just put a dual stabilizer on it and it still feels loose. Any ideas? Also it has this really soft feel to the springs. Should I get better springs to lift it and get the blocks out? Any advice would be greatly Appreciated. Really want the steering fixed.

Steering stabilizers don't fix anything. At most they mask problems that will just get worse over time.

The only way to really figure out what is going on with your steering is to put the axle up on jack stands and start taking it apart. Drop the drag link, trackbar, sway bar links and check every bushing and ball joint. Check to see if anything is bent, or if any bolt holes are wallowed out. Check the control arms/bushings. Check the steering shaft that connects to your steering box. Check the steering box for play (careful with that one). Make sure your track bar and drag link are in correct geometry in case someone was in there throwing in drop pitman arms or flip kits on.

I'm guessing by "2 inch blocks" someone put a 2 inch spacer lift in there. Assuming it has stock springs, that shouldn't be too much lift to throw your caster off too much.

That's what I did to fix mine, and I can run it without a steering stabilizer and don't even notice. In fact, after all the stuff I replaced, I ran it for a week with no stabilizer to make sure all was well.