If you've just installed a set of bigger tires on your stock wheels or on a set of new wheels with too much back spacing, there's a good chance that you'll have some rubbing issues on your front sway bar, frame rail and/or lower control arms while making a full turn. This is also something you might see after installing a small lift especially if an adjustable front track bar wasn't included with the kit. Now, the obvious fix for this would be to install a set of wheels that have less back spacing or install a set of wheel spacers to help reduce your back spacing or, in the case of a lift related issue, install an adjustable front track bar to recenter your axle but, if the rubbing you're seeing is very minor, you may find it just as easy to adjust out your steer stops. Although this will cause you to loose some of your turning radius, this fix is super easy, cheap and can be done in within minutes using a couple washers and a wrench.
What You Will Need
• 9/16" Socket & Wrench
• 3/8" Washers
What you need to do
1. The steer stops on a Jeep JK Wrangler are located on the back side of the steering knuckles as is indicated by the arrow in this pic.
2. Using a 9/16" socket, remove the steer stop bolt.
3. Place a 3/8" washer onto the steer stop bolt.
4. Reinstall the steer stop bolt and washer back onto the steering knuckle.
5. This is what your steer stop bolt should look like when all is said and done. Although it may not look like much, this little washer will most likely be all that you need to fix your rubbing. If you still have rubbing issues, you can always add another washer or two but remember, the more washers you add, the more you will increase your Jeeps turning radius or, reduce it's ability to make tighter turns.
I hope you found this TECH TIP to be helpful.