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Old August 1st, 2008, 19:21
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steering pops

ok. my front end pops going over bumps and turning. it cant be the unit bearing cause i just replaced both within the last 3 weeks. so i'm guessing its my steering. i'm thinking of getting the zj tie rod and getting all new tie rod ends. which are like $15 each. i'd need 3 so $45-50 plus the junk yard it'll be around 20 for the rod. so i'm guessing 100 max. does this sound ok or should i get the rugged ridge steering for $169. big up grade from stock
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Old August 1st, 2008, 19:29
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Re: steering pops

well noticing that you are running 35's i would IMO go with the rugged ridge setup
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Old August 1st, 2008, 19:32
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Re: steering pops

I would say buck up to a 1 ton setup like JCR, those stock sized TRE's arent going to cut it for long with 35's.

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Old August 1st, 2008, 19:41
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Re: steering pops

i dont have tha much cash to spend. i work in fast food. hahaha. i'd love to get a 1 ton otk. but cash hold me back
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Old August 1st, 2008, 19:45
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Re: steering pops

I have the JCR and love it I dont have a stablizer on it and it dose fine at 75 80.
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Old August 1st, 2008, 20:21
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Re: steering pops

Then I would say the ZJ setup, you get solid stock for cheap. The rugged ridge system looks about the same as the ZJ, but I have never seen one run.

I have a one ton setup and beat the snot out of it and have managed to put a slight frown in it. One of the guys that I wheel with has the ZJ setup and he has bent a few but they are probably the best low cost setup you can get.

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Old August 2nd, 2008, 08:58
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Re: steering pops

I would check the trackbar mount on the unibody side. I experienced popping when turning lock to lock, and after bumps here and there. I had a friend turn the wheel while I crawled under, and I could see the mount pivoting.

Check that out first, cause that could be the root of your problems.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 12:22
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Re: steering pops

i know that the trac bar end is got some play.i need to replace it. but i think the others need some tending to also, one has a hole and holds minimal grease
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 12:27
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Re: steering pops

I've heard that the rugged ridge kit isn't good for anything above 5" but you may want to research that one yourself
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 12:47
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Re: steering pops

I too am going to suggest you check the trackbar mount at the frame. It working loose (and it does) is the primary cause of popping noises.

And yes, the JCR setup > Rugged Ridge setup, IMHO.
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Old August 2nd, 2008, 12:57
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Re: steering pops

I've had to work both ends of my trackbar after almost a year of hard wheeling. I did the weld-on doubler plate with a re-drilled hole at the axle end and stitch-welded my track bar drop bracket at the frame end. Both had worked loose over time, the axle end wallowing out the factory hole.
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 15:13
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Re: steering pops

i was in the same situation, 10 seconds till ordering the jcr steering, when someone told me to check my track bar, and guess what? the bracket was loose! tightened it up, no noise sinse! it dont get much cheaper than only having to tighten a bolt, why not try it out?
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 15:41
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Re: steering pops

i dont think thats TREs, its probobly your u-joints. grab some 297s or 260s or whatever theyre called and then try it out
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Old August 3rd, 2008, 21:35
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Re: steering pops

If you talking about feeling something loose when going over bumps (and control arms are tight) than it's your steering. Pops sitting still from lock to lock could be both but it's more likely a loose TB.

I had the rattle going over bumps untill about 3hrs ago when I finished installing the JCR setup. Everything is tight and no more rattle over bumps.
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