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Couple of ideas... I've had all the same problems. While the jeep is parked, have someone move the steering back and forth while you watch your shackles. Mine had almost 2 inches of flex back and forth in them. Also make sure that you have a good sturdy bolt attaching the shackles to the frame, etc. As for no longer returning to center, it could be because your lift altered your caster angle. The top of the steering knuckles wants to be pointed about 6 degrees towards the back of the jeep. There are three ways to fix this... If it isn't too badly out of whack, you can install some angled shims between the axle and the springs to tip the axle rearwards. If its too much, you will need to either torch off the spring mounts and move them (might still have driveshaft angle problems) or you will need to torch off the steering knuckles and rotate them. Either way can get a little expensive if you have a fab shop do it. The fab shop wanted 300 bucks to do it for me, my buddy did it for a case of beer.

 

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If the goal is to tilt the knuckles towards the rear, the shims are installed with the thick part to the front. Unfortunately my problem was too exaggerated to be cured by this, so I will be cutting and re-welding the spring perches and steering knuckles in about a month. I'll have extra shims then if you still need them. as for the play, it is most likely in the shaft. Our steering shafts are old, and they tend to wear out, both around the splines, and at the joint in them. replacing with a new heavy duty aftermarket one may cure some of your steering woes, but almost certainly won't help with the return-to-center.

 
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