View Full Version : Best Steering/Suspension maint."Bang-for-buck"? (Stock)

November 19th, 2017, 18:34
2WD XJ '95 110k

Doesn't desperately need anything - but steering is kinda sloppy, just general wear - nothing big.
(minor death-wobble at 60+ isn't big deal).

TOTALLY STOCK 2WD -and going to stay that way. It's great !

What's been your best "bang for the buck" item changed ? (not just in $$ terms, but also ease-of-labor)

2 things I'm planning on :
- Sway-Bay Bushings ($10-15)
- Steering Shock-Damper ($35)

Which of additional following would have greatest impact ? :

- Tie-Rod ends
- Upper Ball-Joints
- Lower Ball-Joints
- Drag-link Sleeve
- Sway-Bar Links

November 19th, 2017, 20:12
Changing random parts will really get you no where. Have someone turn the steering wheel back and forth with the car on the ground while you check everything for play. Track bar is a common failure and if it's worn can have a huge impact on the front end.

November 19th, 2017, 20:27
When you say "Trackbar failure" - you must mean the ends/connecting points, not the bar itself :
the Ball Stud end ?
or the Bolted end ?

(unfortunately, it'd be weeks before I could get anyone to help - and wanted to work on this next week, when I finally have some days off. So I'll have to make educated guess, based on general wear of an otherwise good vehicle)

November 19th, 2017, 20:51
Yes the stud end. But seriously,an educated guess is a fancy way of throwing parts at it. At a minimum jack up the front end and shake everything down, use a pry bar, etc.

Give a stranger a beer for 60 sec of shaking a steering wheel!

Johnnie Walker
November 20th, 2017, 13:18
As part of your maint./ upgrade, get the V8 ZJ tie rod/ ends.
Also with this, you need to do a tape measure toe alignment. Unless you plan to take it to a shop.

November 20th, 2017, 15:40
Sloppiness can also be the steering box itself.

November 22nd, 2017, 20:47
Totally stock Jeeps are the coolest. First off that stabilizer for the steering. Its cheap and will eventually start to moan... swap it.
Steering brace:
The one that comes on it is crap. You likely have slop because its broken and tearing your unibody. Buy a big brace for the steering gear box and you should be set.
Shocks and leafs:
Change those and this baby will handle better than all the crap excuses for 4x4's 2017 has to offer.
If you still have problems after that naxja is always here to help but providing you have good tires under you it definitely wont be costly