I recently put a pair of Dana 44s in my 92 YJ. The front is out of a mid 80's Grand Wagoneer, and I would like know if there is any way to improve the turning radius so it is a little closer to what it was stock. TIA
well you could reset the bump stops. Thhey are a bolt on the knuckle that thread in and out. Theyare probably still set for the wagoneer but your yj frame is narrower so the tires can turn more. If the axle are not narrowed then you put them in wider that your oriinals so you will probably never get all the turning radius back.
The problem you have is that the steering arms on the knuckle are longer than the stock YJ knuckles. The fix is not cheap. You can have PartsMike (partsmike.com) make you a set of high clearance steering arms, which require a modified knuckle. This will return your steering to nearly normal. Some folks have re-drilled a new tierod hole closer to the original length of the YJ knuckle. Takes a special tapered reamer and you get into the web of the knuckle fast reducing strength. You might measure a set of CJ knuckles to see if thier length is any better. They will swap to the 44.
ok first this to determine is why you have a wider turning radius, find the limiting bolts on the frontend, they should be threaded into the knuckles at the rear, turn the steering to full lock and check to see if the bolt is hitting the axle housing, if it is then just adjust them in, I like to actually remove mine when I am working on clearance problems to eliminate them from the equation. next is if they are not hitting disconnect the draglink and see if you can turn the tires furthur by hand, if so you have too short a throw off the steering box for your axles, you can either modify the knuckles (note if you hook the draglink to the crosslink you will get a little more movement out of the setup) I like to adjust my tires so they have around an inch of clearance at full lock. I know I give up some turning radius doing that but it prevents the tires from flexing in and grabbing the leaf springs. if that happens you can kiss the u-joint byby.
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