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I found that the allen wrench size for the set screw was indeed metric. I can't recall for sure, but 4.5 mm sounds about right.

Also, I jacked my front end and removed the right wheel, and disconnected the draglink from the steering knuckle, then supported it with that bucket in this picture. That way, I could feel the steering without the drag of the steering damper. You are looking for any binding/crunchy feeling from the gears being too tight. If you do this, you can get it more precisely tight, without the risk of binding and not feeling it due to the damper drag and tires scrubbing, etc..

You should use a fine tipped felt marker (Sharpie etc) to mark where the center screw is before you start.

I've been able to get mine down to about 1/4-3/8" of play while not getting any binding with this method. My wife started driving it again. In fact she just took it to go to the park to walk the dog.

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I found that the allen wrench size for the set screw was indeed metric. I can't recall for sure, but 4.5 mm sounds about right.

Also, I jacked my front end and removed the right wheel, and disconnected the draglink from the steering knuckle, then supported it with that bucket in this picture. That way, I could feel the steering without the drag of the steering damper. You are looking for any binding/crunchy feeling from the gears being too tight. If you do this, you can get it more precisely tight, without the risk of binding and not feeling it due to the damper drag and tires scrubbing, etc..

You should use a fine tipped felt marker (Sharpie etc) to mark where the center screw is before you start.

I've been able to get mine down to about 1/4-3/8" of play while not getting any binding with this method. My wife started driving it again. In fact she just took it to go to the park to walk the dog.

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Does the draglink disconnect pretty easy or do you risk boot damage with a pickle fork to get it apart?
 

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Does the draglink disconnect pretty easy or do you risk boot damage with a pickle fork to get it apart?
On my JL, it comes apart pretty easy. I think this is because the knuckle is aluminum. I unscrewed the nut til it was flush with the end of the stud, and used a block of hardwood on the end of the end joint stud to hit with a hammer (steel).
 

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I’m going to give her the ole’ college try and see what it’s all about. My steering isn’t horrible minus the pull to the right.
mine also pulls right and a small dead spot. No major steering issues. Had a road force balance done two days ago still pulls right. Could be the crowning of the roads. I’m thinking of the Synergy brace, tie rod and drag link but no one seems to have them in stock. Always 30 day shipping timeframe.
 

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mine also pulls right and a small dead spot. No major steering issues. Had a road force balance done two days ago still pulls right. Could be the crowning of the roads. I’m thinking of the Synergy brace, tie rod and drag link but no one seems to have them in stock. Always 30 day shipping timeframe.
Northridge, Morris 4x4, polyperformance?
 

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mine also pulls right and a small dead spot. No major steering issues. Had a road force balance done two days ago still pulls right. Could be the crowning of the roads. I’m thinking of the Synergy brace, tie rod and drag link but no one seems to have them in stock. Always 30 day shipping timeframe.
i found mine at
Poly Performance they had it in stock when no one else did
 

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I have added the metalcloak drag link and tie rod with a teraflex stabilizer. It seems to drive just fine. I have been weighing two months for my sector shaft brace. I have been thinking about canceling my order now because I keep hearing about the bushing wearing out because it can't get greased properly. Has this issue been addressed with the new ones coming out? My jeep seems to drive fairly well in town or the highway .
 

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I have added the metalcloak drag link and tie rod with a teraflex stabilizer. It seems to drive just fine. I have been weighing two months for my sector shaft brace. I have been thinking about canceling my order now because I keep hearing about the bushing wearing out because it can't get greased properly. Has this issue been addressed with the new ones coming out? My jeep seems to drive fairly well in town or the highway .
I was set to order the Synergy TR, DL and brace but after hearing all the issues people were having with the brace I’ve began looking at other TR and DL manufactures specifically MC because I want their 2.5 game changer lift! I wont pay a manufacturer for something I would end up having to fix. I had my mind set on Synergy but now on the fence
how do you like the MC TR&DL?
 

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From what I was told from someone who works there is they have pulled what stock they have and are adding set screw or screws to the new ones and they won't be available for another month or so.
 

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From what I was told from someone who works there is they have pulled what stock they have and are adding set screw or screws to the new ones and they won't be available for another month or so.
Thanks for the info. ill hold off on my TR&DL decision as I got a quote from Synergy and almost placed the order until I read about the issue with the brace and complaints that they weren’t supporting those who purchased one.
 

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Thanks for the info. ill hold off on my TR&DL decision as I got a quote from Synergy and almost placed the order until I read about the issue with the brace and complaints that they weren’t supporting those who purchased one.
I just spoke with them today and it seems they are going to take care of mine when they become available. Time will tell. Ill post back how it goes.
 

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I would suggest you hold the purchase until after the new steering box TSB performed. If the aluminum light duty steering box is the root cause, what ever TR and DL and brace you throw at it will just mask the issue, it may make it a little bit better, but dealer can also use that to deny your TSB.
 

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I would suggest you hold the purchase until after the new steering box TSB performed. If the aluminum light duty steering box is the root cause, what ever TR and DL and brace you throw at it will just mask the issue, it may make it a little bit better, but dealer can also use that to deny your TSB.
Is this TSB something recent Within the last 8 months. Do you have the TSB#
 

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I never had a steering issue. I installed mine as a precautionary measure when I put on 37's. I was one of the lucky ones but I do believe the steering box is the root of it on the ones who have problems
 

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