Winter is here and for many states that means snow. Which is somewhat depressing for us that have muscle cars and hot rods but for the Jeep and truck guys it can be very enjoyable. Trail riding threw snowy trails, not sliding around on the roads, and pulling others out of ditches because they don’t have 4WD. Although a big tire Jeep is a great vehicle this time of year, those big heavy tires can do a number on your chassis parts. Sloppy steering can be a real pain to handle on the road let alone snow covered roads. One of the most over looked items that cause sloppy steering is not your suspensions but your steering shaft. Luckily, Borgeson has you covered for many popular Jeeps and Dodge trucks.
Time after time, we see Jeep or truck enthusiasts start replacing good parts while chasing the cause of their sloppy steering. It can be tricky and mind bender trying to figure out why your Jeep feels sloppy at the wheel. Yes, big heavy tires are not meant for handling but they still should react quickly when you move the steering wheel. A main culprit is worn out factory steering shafts. Borgeson has re-engineered the their shafts with needle bearing u-joints and solid DD shaft for better response.
Borgeson also designed their slip shafts to accommodate up to 1-inch of travel. Because many enthusiasts increase tire size, install aftermarket suspension and other parts it will cause the suspension to also increase travel. When the vehicle is on a steep angle the might sag on one side and can cause the factory steering linkage to bind up. The slip shaft can extend and the needle bearings will continue to work smoothly and bind free.
We can see how this can be an easily overlooked part. Not many people think of steering column/linkage going bad. Borgeson has and offers steering shafts for Jeeps 1972 -2006 and Dodge trucks from 1979-2008. So if you’re experiencing sloppy steering and racking your brain trying to figure out what it might be, give Borgeson a call.