Originally Posted by jp467
It shouldn't... road feel might be a bad way to describe it, but when you drive over rough pavement some of that should be isolated from the steering. The steering wheel should not shudder back and forth.
to maxzhukov: I have an Overland with 20" wheels, and it seems most of the people complaining about this on here have an overland. How far did you drive that Overland? Because I have noticed it seem more noticeable after driving for a while. I had the intermdiate shaft replaced once, but it was not the new one with the green dot. It did take care of the thud but I still feel this shudder sometimes over the rough stuff. When I go in for the next oil change I going to ask them to order the new shaft with the green dot.
I agree with you!
I owned a lexus and 3-er bmw before this Jeep and they both had a clear steering without this extra road feeling and at the same time - nice feedback. Even Overland that I've tested had the same pleasant feel - that's why I'm sure that my jeep has some problems with steering or front suspension or whatever.
I think there is no need to change shaft as long as you don't have that thud already.
I drove Overland for 10 miles may be, but after I've passed first 10 meters of rough pavement on low speed near dealership it came clear to me, how should the normal steering feel - it is solid. And then I done the same route with my Jeep... The difference was huge. This problem seems to appear when the road has small defects or when the road is made of stones/bricks - on such a road I feel that there is some gap in steering/suspension and steering fells is loose.