View Full Version : cracking sound from my steering

11-23-2006, 01:38 AM
Yeah, its like the title says.
I've got a 98 XJ, with a 6.5" lift, and 33's. I bought the vehicle as it is right now a couple months ago, knowing full well that its an ICBC rebuild truck.

Anyway, so after a month I find this crack on the outboard side of the unibody by the steering box (typical), so a fellow wheeler and I weld up a nice patch (we're aircraft structures techs, so we know a lot about patches hehe). Figuring that it would solve the odd cracking noise I get when I turn the steering wheel. Unfortionately it hasn't. I have looked almost EVERYWHERE on the truck to figure out where it is coming from. I've checked over the steering components soo many times it makes me sick. I'm pretty sure its another crack in the unibody somewhere, but for the life of me I CAN'T FIND IT :mad:

So I'm just throwing this out there, but if there's any XJ guys out here in the Wak that would maybe give it a shot trying to find where this cracking noise is coming from (they don't need to fix it), there's a case of beer in it for them.

11-23-2006, 08:14 AM
I've got a '97 w/ a 3 1/2" lift and it does the same thing (I think) Check the front suspension. Sometimes when I move the steering wheel the wieght tranfers and the suspension makes a wierd noise.


11-23-2006, 08:44 AM
A couple of things that I have run into on the XJs
the track bar bracket coming loose on the frame, it is bolted on and it doesn't have to loosen off much for it to start shifting around and the same for the bolt through the bushing at the axle end.

make sure there is good rubber isolators at the top of the coil springs

is the steering box good and tight on the frame

did you check the frt crossmember behind the frt bumper I have seen those crack before.

11-23-2006, 10:31 AM
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11-24-2006, 12:14 AM
3 things:

First, put on a tack weld on the track bar bracket. As mikey was saying they are prone to moving as u turn the wheel. I would invest in a heavy duty one if u dont have one already. Rubicon makes a nice one.

Second, Invest in the c-rok inner and outer steering enforcement plates. OR u could make something similar. Heres a link, http://www.c-rok.com/sb.html

Third, Pick up a steering box brace as well, It well greatly help with flex and movement of the steering box. M.O.R.E. is the brand i picked up, Pretty much all the same. http://www.mountainoffroad.com/more.htm

Thirdly, I would defenatly go with some sort of steering upgrade. I went with the tera knuckle to get crossover steering. Great improvement. With no steering stabilizer it tracks straight and true, no death wobble and this is on 36" tires. Steering effort was greatly reduced and steering angles are way better.

Any more questions just shoot me a pm or u can give Matt a call at jeap thrills, Any of the above products are avaliable through us there. 604-465-5559.

11-24-2006, 11:47 AM
did you check the frt crossmember behind the frt bumper I have seen those crack before.

I almost sounds like its coming from there, I'll have to check that. Yes, I have beefed up the steering box area when I fixed that crack in my unibody. And the bolts to the steering box were replaced aswell.

I like that trackbar upgrade. The way it is now with that trackbar, I really dont like how its mounted to the vehicle. Seems really weak, and $90 isn't that bad for the part.

thanks for the info guys!