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Old 09-02-2014, 11:32 PM   #1
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Tie Rod Clamps

I am checking my suspension before going on my first Jeep Jamboree. It appears to me that the clamps on my tie rod are going to hit my track bar when I test full bump or flex. They appear to be on backwards with the nut and bot pointing out the back instead of the front. Can I loosen them and rotate them around to the front without messing up tie rod length?

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Old 09-02-2014, 11:55 PM   #2
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OK, so I am still learning. This item appears to be the drag link adjusting sleeve. Can you rotate the clamps without messing with drag link length? How do you fix a drag link adjusting sleeve hitting the front track bar?

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Old 09-03-2014, 12:08 AM   #3
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Can you show a pic?
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:33 AM   #4
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Yes, I will get one tomorrow in daylight. Sorry for the dumb question but I think something is going to clank here.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:37 AM   #5
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From what it sounds like that is what adjust your steering wheel.
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Old 09-03-2014, 12:51 AM   #6
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From what it sounds like that is what adjust your steering wheel.
Yep, and if you're steering wheel is currently centered, it'll be offset if you adjust the clamp. Only problem is it might activate the ESP. An expensive option would be replace it with something like a Synergy drag link.
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Old 09-03-2014, 02:25 AM   #7
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If you are talking the 2 clamps on your draglink, yes you can loosen them and turn them without turning the draglink adjuster itself.
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Old 09-03-2014, 04:57 PM   #8
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OK, now I feel either dumb or dumber. I am still not sure this is O.K. The two parts involved here are the drag link and tie rod. Here is a pick. I think they both move as the suspension compresses so this might not be a clearance issue after all.

From the first pic it looks like there is tons of clearance but this is from an angle. Straight up and down the drag link bolts on the adjustment sleeve are right above the tie rod as in pic #2.



Sorry this one is a bit blurry. The more I look at this the more I think they move together. I will find out Friday when I work on my bump stops and check the whole suspension.

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Old 09-03-2014, 05:22 PM   #9
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Draglink hits my tierod quite a bit, I'm running a synergy. If you are worried about the bolts hitting, just loosen them and turn them forward out of the way. The center section is what adjusts you DL the clamps just lock it in place.
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Draglink hits my tierod quite a bit, I'm running a synergy. If you are worried about the bolts hitting, just loosen them and turn them forward out of the way. The center section is what adjusts you DL the clamps just lock it in place.
O.K. So I guess the drag link hitting the tie rod is not a huge concern. I am certain I will need to rotate the bolts. I am thinking of rotating them so the bolt head is straight down and the bolt and nut side are straight up. The worry here is that they might contact something above on full bump.

Thanks for the information and patience. I am learning on this Jeep. My prior four Jeeps I had different shops do the lift and only one was good so I am doing all this myself. My last two issues that I know of are bump stops and this clearance issue.
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Not a problem at all, doing your own work is tough to learn as you go but very rewarding (in knowledge, and more money for parts!) Once you cycle through your steering you'll get a better idea.
I use a ramp that's by my house to check stuff after changes.


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Old 09-03-2014, 05:56 PM   #12
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Now that is a cool idea. I will have to find a ramp like that around me. I am sure there is something like that I can get up on to check flex.
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