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#1067495 - 08/02/20 09:35 PM Best Bang for the Buck Front End Upgrades  
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Hey all. I'm trying really hard not to get the while-I'm-at-it-I-might-as-wells too bad. My car has really sloppy steering, even with the Jeep steering shaft. Basically the front end is pretty well worn out. Suspension and steering is completely stock except for Jeep shaft, Blazer spindles/brakes and Moog tie rods (the stock ends were flopping around like a rag doll). While I'd love to drop $$$ on a UMI kit, I don't have the $$$ for that. So, I'm left with essentially rebuilding the steering and front end with stock parts since the primary goal is getting the car back on the road without going overboard. Given that, are there any high ROI things I can do that are still relatively inexpensive? Poly bushings instead of rubber? Taller than stock ball joints? Thanks.


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#1067499 - 08/03/20 12:41 AM Re: Best Bang for the Buck Front End Upgrades [Re: BladeOfAnduril27]  
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www.p-s-t.com I have used several of their stock rebuild kits with great results!!

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#1067500 - 08/03/20 02:04 AM Re: Best Bang for the Buck Front End Upgrades [Re: BladeOfAnduril27]  
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I think that the UMI front brace makes a huge difference in Steering feel. I'm a big fan of it.
It's not exactly cheap, but It will stay on the car for any other upgrades you do
https://www.summitracing.com/parts/...H8z4XZfmgw1h6j0flvoVBPkcddkaAgqoEALw_wcB

The next thing is properly adjust your steering gear box. The gears wear over time and need to be adjusted. You can find this information online
https://bangshift.com/general-news/...ring-box-in-five-minutes-with-two-tools/
https://www.stovebolt.com/techtips/saginaw.htm

Finally a good front end alignment goes a long way.


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#1067502 - 08/03/20 03:43 AM Re: Best Bang for the Buck Front End Upgrades [Re: BladeOfAnduril27]  
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Exam the steering linkage before you spend money. With someone sitting in the driver's seat, engine off, ride height, you laying under the front end, Turning the steering wheel firmly left then right, back and forth usually with show a loose steering joint. They all will get sloppy over time, idle, centerlink, inners, outers, little in each adds up quick.
Check the bushings in the upper and lower control arms, old, aged, dry, cracked, oiled. all can contribute to play if in poor condition.
Ball joints the same thing, old, worn, rusty, junk.
Alignment, could be way out. Especially after outer tie rod replacement. Toe is not hard to check, get close.

Start with the mechanical's, they need to be the solid base to then throw performance parts at.
Moog Problem Solver parts was the best you could buy for years, may still be made here.

Although the triangulated front brace is a huge plus make the car a good driver first.
Travis, agreed, every G-body should have one. But my next one will be alum.
Bob


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