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Old 02-21-2020, 11:06 PM
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Experiencing binding in the front after installing lift kit

Last weekend, I installed a 3" lift kit in my 79 Wagoneer. Replacement springs and shocks in the front. I'm now experiencing some "binding" if you will, in the front end when I turn. I didn't think a 3" lift would put any undo stress on anything. It ALMOST feels like it would if the 4x4 was locked in, but not nearly that extreme. Really the only things under extra stress I think would be the stock sway bar links. Technically they are being pulled down an extra 3" now. Anyone have any thoughts for insights?
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Old 02-22-2020, 06:50 PM
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Well.. Kinda tuff to say. Having lifted a few Jeeps, 3" sure shouldn't cause any problems. The sway bar end links shouldn't care about the new position as long as nothing is rubbing. I think I'd put it on jack stands (under the axle) and steer it lock to lock to see if anything looks not right and nothing is rubbing.
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:43 PM
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Well.. Kinda tuff to say. Having lifted a few Jeeps, 3" sure shouldn't cause any problems. The sway bar end links shouldn't care about the new position as long as nothing is rubbing. I think I'd put it on jack stands (under the axle) and steer it lock to lock to see if anything looks not right and nothing is rubbing.




Since I posted this morning, I removed my front drive shaft and it turns out the double cardan joint at the T-case seems to be catching as I pivot it around. The more extreme the pivot, the worse it gets caught up. Adding the 3" lift changed the angle enough, it reared it's ugly head. I put the Jeep in E-drive and took it for a spin without the front drive shaft. No binding on turns.
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