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I should have done this the day I brought it home. This is the one thing, more than anything, that I hated about my Jeep. This little fix took minutes to do but I put it off thinking I could throw Sector Shaft Braces Track Bars, controls arms, and Steering Stabilizers at it. Do this first.

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Supplement: Jun 18 2020
Watch the video again.

Once you initially loosen the nut with a large 15mm socket. The center set screw, and the nut are a very tight tolerance. Move them apart in opposite directions using the box wrench and allen wrench 30 - 45 degree separation. Once done torque it into place. You should end up like this. If your steering is tight with the truck off. Go back and undo what you did. You must leave a degree in the steering. It will go away once the truck is on. If the steering wheel is tight with the truck off you screwed up your box. Back it off till there is 1 degree of slop.

If this is not making sense please read the disclaimer.

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I am going to beat this to the punch.
*Disclaimer, if you change this, there will be many telling you its a warranty item. They are not wrong. The box is preloaded such as are gears to a backlash. I describe this in my video. If you over tighten this it can chew the gears up. So leave a light amount of play in the steering, as I describe in my video. If you follow my video to the T. you will be fine. Also there are reasons so many all over the board are having steering issues. Its in how they set the box up before they install it. This is why one guy has tight steering and its good, while another does not. You need to know how much play to put in before you ruin the box. Jeep will not allow a tech to fix this, only the vendor to work on the box and replace the part. This is a procedure for knowledgable people and that will be my final say on it. Do this at your own risk.
Bigger tires and wheels = risk
Lift kits = risk
gears = risk
adjusting a steering box = risk

In the end its worth it, I would do it even if it voided the warranty, which in my case I am not concerned about. This is not for those that need the dealer for all their work. Not a knock against anyone. Just make sure you know what you are doing.

Enjoy the steering you should have had in the first place.

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This is interesting. I can't quite tell what you did with the Allen wrench and how far I would need to turn that inside nut.
 
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This is interesting. I can't quite tell what you did with the Allen wrench and how far I would need to turn that inside nut.
No disrespect but don't touch it, if you have any question to the placement of that set screw.
 
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Read the disclaimer again.
 

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Wasn't there a photo in the video that showed his adjustment
 

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Brandon, Great video- that photo at the end is clear and concise. I don't have any issue with my steering, but so many people do. Keep up the good work!
 

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Brandon, Great video- that photo at the end is clear and concise. I don't have any issue with my steering, but so many people do. Keep up the good work!
same, no steering issues either, but nice to know folks are working on ideas to fix problems :like:
 

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I should have done this the day I brought it home. This is the one thing, more than anything, that I hated about my Jeep. This little fix took minutes to do but I put it off thinking I could throw Sector Shaft Braces Track Bars, controls arms, and Steering Stabilizers at it. Do this first


Very informative, I read about the adjustment somewhere else and your video shows everything needed for the adjustment. Hopefully this will take care of my 3 degrees of dead zone I'm experiencing.
 

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Great video. I posted in the other warranty thread, I had steering like your "before" setting, but the culprit was me not tightening the upper track bar bolt to spec. Whoops. Now my steering is much like your "after" with the same amount of play. So, it appears that mine was correctly set from the factory. OP, might I suggest moving the disclaimer to post 1? Over the years as people search this online, they might just stop at post 1 and not read the following discussion.
 
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Great video. I posted in the other warranty thread, I had steering like your "before" setting, but the culprit was me not tightening the upper track bar bolt to spec. Whoops. Now my steering is much like your "after" with the same amount of play. So, it appears that mine was correctly set from the factory. OP, might I suggest moving the disclaimer to post 1? Over the years as people search this online, they might just stop at post 1 and not read the following discussion.
Done. Thank you.
 

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I should have done this the day I brought it home. This is the one thing, more than anything, that I hated about my Jeep. This little fix took minutes to do but I put it off thinking I could throw Sector Shaft Braces Track Bars, controls arms, and Steering Stabilizers at it. Do this first.

Read disclaimer below before attempting this fix.

That's a great video and good find and hopefully it will help some of these people complaining about their loose steering. Mine's pretty dialed in.
 

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Measured my steering wheel play last night. I'm seeing 3-3.5 degrees of steering wheel movement with no associated pitman arm movement, as measured with my digital level app on my phone. I'm going to leave mine alone for now as the "wondering" is slight. For comparison, my wife's Ford Edge ST has around 0.5 degrees (or less) of play. Appreciate the video.
 
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