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so i have a 6in lift in my truck with 36in tires, i replaced the sway bar bushings, have radial tires on it, i know that there will be some play in the steering wheel from the lift but is there anyway to not have any play in the steering wheel?
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Do you have a steering stabilizer?
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I would install a steering box brace. DT Profab and BD Diesel both offer nice ones that fit your year truck. It will help much more than a shock type stabilizer will. If you absolutely want to lose the play in your steering wheel install hydraulic ram assisted steering. I installed the complete agr rock ram kit in my truck bud offroad unlimited and psc motorsporst also sell nice kits. They will make sure your tires stay aimed where they need to but it's gonna cost you. Kits run around 2000$ for a complete kit with reservoir, gear box, ram, lines etc.
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You may want to get that taken care of before the death wobble kicks in.

The two recommendations above are the best solutions for the problem.
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What makes you think a lifted truck is going to automatically have steering play? How much play are we talking about, you could have bad tie rod ends.
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I have an 08 lifted on 37 and had bad play in the steering. A friend of mine looked at and my Dodge Tech confirmed, that a certain piece just needed adjustment/tightening. It was after another Dodge dealer replaced my steering gear box and didn't tighten the pittman arm/bolt back in place. That was all I needed. Hold tight and hopefully someone with this name will chime in to confirm this. I am not a pro.....I can only offer my advice of what happened to me. Best of luck and hopefully this is all that it is for you. BTW I have 24,000 miles on my truck.
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i have a 6in lift on my truck lol, its not to bad but i want to get it to drive like a normal car, it only moves like 2in each way and the tires dont move, i replaced the sway bar bushings and it helped out with the handling but ill look and see, ill run down to dodge and see bc my friends works there
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There are alot of factors that can play a roll in steering play or what can seem like steering play. Bad suspension componants, outer tie rod ends and inner tie rods will cause play, wheel bearings will cause play if worn or bad. Upper and lower ball joints can cause this also. What ICOVERU said is a very good point but my truck being a 1/2 ton doesnt have a steering box or pitman arm or idler arm and so on. I just have a simple rack and pinion. Installing a tire on a wheel that is narrower than the tire can also make it seem like you have steering play and cause a decrease in steering response. But if you do have a problem which 2 inches is quite a bit in my opinion i hope you get it figured out.
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Older gearboxes need occassional adjustments and track bars are notorious for problems but I would think yours isn't stock with a 6 inch lift under it. Either way, it could be bad.
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There are alot of factors that can play a roll in steering play or what can seem like steering play. Bad suspension componants, outer tie rod ends and inner tie rods will cause play, wheel bearings will cause play if worn or bad. Upper and lower ball joints can cause this also. What ICOVERU said is a very good point but my truck being a 1/2 ton doesnt have a steering box or pitman arm or idler arm and so on. I just have a simple rack and pinion. Installing a tire on a wheel that is narrower than the tire can also make it seem like you have steering play and cause a decrease in steering response. But if you do have a problem which 2 inches is quite a bit in my opinion i hope you get it figured out.
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