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    Steering box adjustment

    Where in the gear box is the adjustment to tighten the steering. Thank you

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    Sorry it's a 13 jku if that makes a difference

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    Maybe I'm missing something but, what do you mean by tightening up the steering? What exactly are you feeling?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean454 View Post
    Where in the gear box is the adjustment to tighten the steering. Thank you
    EDIT: I see you posted its a 2013 - Why not send it into the dealer under warranty?

    On the RHD 3.8L JK's its under the airbox.
    If you follow your steering column under the hood from where it comes from the cab, about 2 - 3 foot down the column it joins at the steering box, ontop of the steering box you will see a nut with a Allen key bolt in the middle.
    You loosen the nut and turn the allen bolt.

    It highly not recommended to do this and I was a fool trying, I havent had issues.... YET

    Good luck

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    Quote Originally Posted by wayoflife View Post
    Maybe I'm missing something but, what do you mean by tightening up the steering? What exactly are you feeling?
    The steering feels loose at highway speeds

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    Quote Originally Posted by BumblebeeZA View Post
    On the RHD 3.8L JK's its under the airbox.
    If you follow your steering column under the hood from where it comes from the cab, about 2 - 3 foot down the column it joins at the steering box, ontop of the steering box you will see a nut with a Allen key bolt in the middle.
    You loosen the nut and turn the allen bolt.

    It highly not recommended to do this and I was a fool trying, I havent had issues.... YET

    Good luck
    That nut you are referring to is to set the backlash on the steering gear and as you have mentioned, you DO NOT want to adjust this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean454 View Post
    The steering feels loose at highway speeds
    Okay, that helps a lot. Sounds to me like you have too little positive caster. That's where you should be focusing your efforts.

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    I just looked at your profile and see that you have a ram assist. That won't help you on the highway any either.

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    So a front alignment should help

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dean454 View Post
    So a front alignment should help
    Not exactly - more positive caster will help BUT, that comes with a double edge sword. Too much positive caster will lead to drive line vibrations. You need to get to at least factory caster which is about +4°. BUT, even at that, you may still have flighty handling due to your ram assist.

    Either way, this is something you should do yourself. Taking your jeep into a shop will just be a waste of money.

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