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TJ vs JK steering

Hi, I am new to this forum, but not new to Wranglers. I'm picking up my new 2015 JKUR Hard Rock on 9/6/14...

My current ride is a 2012 JKR. That replaced a 2003 TJR. Lots of differences, most good, but one thing that is clear from the first time you drive the JK is the difference in the feel of the steering - the JK is very "loose" in comparison. I am used to it having had the JKR for 2 years but was wondering if anyone else felt the same and if anyone had done something about it...

I've searched around the forum and did not find anything specific to this so decided to post a new thread.

If I have missed an existing discussion, please just point me at the right area...

Any thoughts / discussion welcome...
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Re: TJ vs JK steering

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Hi, I am new to this forum, but not new to Wranglers. I'm picking up my new 2015 JKUR Hard Rock on 9/6/14...

My current ride is a 2012 JKR. That replaced a 2003 TJR. Lots of differences, most good, but one thing that is clear from the first time you drive the JK is the difference in the feel of the steering - the JK is very "loose" in comparison. I am used to it having had the JKR for 2 years but was wondering if anyone else felt the same and if anyone had done something about it...

I've searched around the forum and did not find anything specific to this so decided to post a new thread.

If I have missed an existing discussion, please just point me at the right area...

Any thoughts / discussion welcome...
I had a 1997 Sport and a 2012 JKUR and will be getting a 2015 soon. I honestly don't know if it feels "loose". To me it certainly feels a lot better.

One thing you can do which I have heard a lot of positive information about is the Fox ATS steering stabilizer.

Its a bit pricey but its very easy to install and can be adjusted by turning a little nub. You can make the steering as firm or as loose as you'd like.
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Re: TJ vs JK steering

Thanks for the tip RacecarBMW, time for a little more research...
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Thanks for the tip RacecarBMW, time for a little more research...
Are you planning on modifying your Jeep? I can lead you in the right direction depending on what you're doing. I don't consider myself an expert but I've honestly done so much research on getting the best on road driving dynamics for a jeep.

If you're keeping it stock height the steering stabilizer I mentioned should be enough. You can get nonadjustable stabilizers for a lot cheaper.
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Re: TJ vs JK steering

Planning for some mods but probably not too much. Already has 1/2" lift off the base JK, maybe some spacers. Have been looking at backup cams that integrate with the 730... Will get some back seat covers, since the dogs come along often. Gonna put a Hoister in the Garage and get a sun top. Something to store the doors when off, and some tube doors.

Beyond that I'll drive it for a while and see how it handles. My 2003 TJR was great on the road, when I went to the JKR, I noticed the steering issue but frankly was in a period where I was not doing a lot of long car trips. That will change now and look forward to taking the JKUR on the road down to the Keys. Would like the steering to be bit tighter. After your post I spent some time on Youtube checking out the unit you mentioned. Most seemed to be on Jeeps that had been lifted so I'll call the company on Tuesday and talk to them about what I want and see if their product would help...
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Re: TJ vs JK steering

Honestly it shouldn't be feeling THAT loose, I suggest you make sure all your steering components are torqued to spec. Have your dealer take a look at it and check for any play in the steering.
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