Join Date: Dec 2001
Location: Belleville, Illinois
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The box can be adjusted, but it's not recommended that you do it on the vehicle. You need an inch-pound torque wrench to do the job. If you want, send me an e-mail address and I'll send the scans from the FSM. The cost of the tool probably exceeds what a frame shop would charge to adjust it.
I really doubt that the linkage is all tight. Have a buddy rock the wheel back and forth that three inches while you go through the linkage end to end. Put your fingers on each connection. If you feel any clunking or slack, it's too much.
Also watch the steering box. Often the bolts holding it to the bracket, and the bracket to the frame, get a little loose and let the box move around. And the frame can twist, which you can cure with a brace to the opposite side frame rail.
Also watch the axle and front springs. If the spring clips are missing or the bushings worn the axle can shift sideways.
It's not easy to get the steering tight on a CJ, and it can't be done without checking and fixing everything.
Last edited by Jim_Lou; 08-06-2008 at 03:30 PM.