So, I have noticed the vague steering of the JK for some time, but as it has always had a tendency to follow the camber I never thought much about it.
A day or so ago, I first heard a distinct CLUNK as I was pulling out from a carpark. Heard it again each time after that, always at low speed. So today I had one of the kids wiggle the steering wheel while I had a look around under the front.
As suspected, the ball joints at both ends of the drag link are stuffed & moving significantly. Looking at options for replacement. The OEN drag link has a fixed ball joint at the pitman arm end, so I have to replace the whole thing. Can't afford to go with the high steer kit, (I'd probably have to get new wheels as well...), and already have the adjustable Synergy front track bar so the axle is centered.
What I have found so far at SBR Off Road in price order:
Crown Drag link + Crown drag link outer socket $73.50+$49.50=$123
Synergy HD drag link, $290.50
Terraflex HD drag link, $491
Crown is basically OEM, Synergy & Terraflex have ball joints that are replaceable at each end.
Suggestions or comments? The JK hasn't been properly off road in some time & probably won't be for a while yet, so the HD isn't really necessary, but I hate having to replace the whole link for a shot ball joint at one end.
Other than being tougher, are the HD links worth the extra? Or do I just go with OEM as it will probably last me another 8 years...?