@Wabujitsu Sorry brother, I missed the whole title. So, basically you did all the work, and the 1st Sgt. got the credit. I get it......Jim, you are very welcome; I was honored to do so. Slight correction - I am a Sergeant First Class, one rank below First Sergeant - although I have filled in as the unit First Sergeant a few times, once for over a year.
I agree with you regarding the lack of understanding of the handling characteristics of the Jeep Wrangler. As an example, the dead spot in the steering is typical of ALL Pitman-arm-engineered steering configurations. It cannot be eliminated; it is IMPOSSIBLE to do so.
A quote from this link https://www.carbibles.com/car-steering-systems/
“Majority of the steering box mechanisms operating the Pitman arm include a dead spot, or slack, where the steering wheel need to be turned slightly even before initiating any movement to the front wheels. The dead spot or slack can be easily adjusted or tightened; unfortunately, there really is no way you can eliminate it.”
I've been there in a different capacity. But, I wouldn't change anything. I'm sure you understand.
BTW, I grew up on the farm learning to drive on those old Ford, Chevy's, and Internationals with those old pitman arms. Those old trucks had been through the wringer. Now, that was some steering wheel play right there.