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Old 04-05-2014, 07:21 AM
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Default Replacing steering compents.

I have about $700 in tax returns. So I decided since my steering is horrible and there is an unbelievable amount of play in the steering wheel. I'm going to replace all of the main steering components, and maybe upgrade some things.
What are all of the main steering components for my 98 4x4?
I know about the tie rods and ball joints, track bar and the steering stabilizer, the steering box is probably OK.
Is there anything else I'm not remembering?
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You are spot-on for most of this. If you are going to do the ball-joints, then you will have the steering knuckles off. Good! Now is the time to look for grooves where the brake-pads ride. You can fix them with weld, or buy new. I filled mine with mig. Harder than the original metal. These grooves can cause un-even brake wear, more inboard, or crooked. Good time to check, and even replace wheel-joints (front u-joints). I like to use quality Spicers for these. For the rest of the parts, buy the best you can. I buy my my stuff from Amazon. You can get the best Moog and Spicer parts for the price of the Dura-Crap parts of your local store.
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Alright, so im on the right track. I will replace the u joints on both sides, and all four ball joints. For the ball joints I will have to have a certain tool to remove them right?
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Yes. Rent the ball-joint removal kit, along with the seperator kit. Free, if you return them. A torch and a BFH (big ****ing hammer) are also needed. I have done this job. Wheel joints will require removal of the shafts to replace the u-joints. Make sure your seals are not leaking at this time, or plan on replacing them now. If you dont have heavy tools, or are not confident, take the shafts to a shop, and have them replace the wheel-joints. Too much abuse on these will give you a vibration you will never fix.
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Yes. Rent the ball-joint removal kit, along with the seperator kit. Free, if you return them. A torch and a BFH (big ****ing hammer) are also needed. I have done this job. Wheel joints will require removal of the shafts to replace the u-joints. Make sure your seals are not leaking at this time, or plan on replacing them now. If you dont have heavy tools, or are not confident, take the shafts to a shop, and have them replace the wheel-joints. Too much abuse on these will give you a vibration you will never fix.
Lazarus, I've got a chatter that occurs when I go 60+mph, I can't feel it in the steering but you can feel the whole frame chattering and the suspension fighting to absorb it. Upon reading this post I wondered if me changing the front u joints a while ago is the cause for this vibration/chattering. I just got done replacing the track bar, shocks, tie rods, and ball joints. I also wondered if bad bushings in the stabilizer and stabilizer rods would cause any vibrations. Any thoughts?
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Yes. Rent the ball-joint removal kit, along with the seperator kit. Free, if you return them. A torch and a BFH (big ****ing hammer) are also needed. I have done this job. Wheel joints will require removal of the shafts to replace the u-joints. Make sure your seals are not leaking at this time, or plan on replacing them now. If you dont have heavy tools, or are not confident, take the shafts to a shop, and have them replace the wheel-joints. Too much abuse on these will give you a vibration you will never fix.
I'm pretty good with this stuff, and I have a whole garage of tools. I'm pretty much done now, I just got put the tie rods back together and install the shafts and stuff. It actually wasn't to hard, except the drivers side shaft needed a beating with the sledge to get it free from the steering knuckle.
I appreciate the help man.
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