Re: Steering Slop
My cj 7 had bad steering. I replaced the tie rod on the pitman arm which had gone bad. and problem went away.
TO find out which of your tie rod ends are bad life the front axle and support with jackstands. then have a friend hold the driver side tire at the 3 and 9 oclock positions and make move the wheel as if to turn left or right untill resistence is meet. then turn the other direction, and repeate. as your friend moves the tire watch the steering linkage and look for slop in the jounts.
while your at it have your friend hold the wheel at the 12 and 6 oclock positions and push and wiggle the tire up and down. Mean while look for movement in the ball jounts.
Repeat for both sides.
Some shops will do free front end checks that are exactly the previous procedure.