I've been working on my CJ-7 for about 5 years now. In that time I have been driving around newer economy sized cars that drive like go-karts. As we all know the steering in the CJ is very loose. Really....you have about three inches of play in the steering wheel before the jeep actually moves. I was wondering if anyone has tried to modify this a bit so the steering feels tighter, more direct??? Is there any kind of adjustment on the steering gear box itself? What about shackle reversal...does this do anything for the steering? I'd just like to try to get all of the play and the "wallowy" feeling out of it. I'd apprecaite any suggestions anyone can give. Thanks a bunch guys.
On the top of the steering box you'll find a screw w/lock nut. Loosen the nut and turn the screw to adjust. Adjust while wheels are pointed straight and front is off the ground. Adjust and feel for over tightness in the steering wheel. As far as tracking goes, increased castor is probably the only solution. Of course, make sure you have no worn parts.
My stock steering shaft was shot, it had about 1/4 turn of play, I bought a Flaming River replacement shaft $230, it made a huge difference. Also my front shackle bushings were toast, and that contributed somewhat, I put in poly bushings $40, to stiffen things up a bit, they helped as well.
Do the shacle reverse you will notice a real handeling improvement, it wont help the steering wheel movement just the wandering that jeeps suffer from. You probably dont even notice it if you have 3 in of play in your steering. But you will once you tighten that up