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Old 07-08-2010, 03:18 PM   #1
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Adjusting the tie rod (alignment)?

Just wrapping up a lift project on my '05. All I have left to do is an alignment. Tried to do it last night but I can't get the tie rod to break free and turn despite having hardly any rust and only 40k miles. Yes, I loosened the collars. Any tips for getting it to turn?

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Old 07-08-2010, 04:24 PM   #2
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PB Blaster. Soak the adjustment threads a couple times and try again.

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PB blaster, vice grips and as I recall feet were used during my alignment.... fortunately it doesn't have to move much...

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Old 07-08-2010, 09:42 PM   #4
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Pipe wrench
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big pipe wrench,and kroil (penetrating oil)
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I was invited out into the shop where my jeep was being worked on because they could not figure out how to do exactly that. I told them to loosen the side nuts in opposite directions and use a pipe wrench in the center of the bar to turn. It wont take much to align it.
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Old 07-08-2010, 10:22 PM   #7
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Thanks everyone. I was finally able to get it loose with a pair of pipe wrenches and some help. I think I got it aligned... as far as I can tell, to within a 16th of an inch. The only thing is, I don't know how you can measure from exactly halfway up the back of the front tires because the frame is in the way. I was only able to measure from about 14" up the tires- that is I measured 14" up from the ground, and marked each front tire that high in the same place front and back, and measured between those marks. Hopefully that is ok, but in any case, it tracks perfectly straight with hands off the wheel.

Centering my steering wheel, I was able to loosen the turnbuckle, but the bolts are just round heads with no torx or anything so I had no way to hold onto them to re-tighten it. What's up with those? I am going to get new bolts to use tomorrow so that I can tighten it down and keep my steering wheel centered.

It was too dark to get good pics by the time I was done tonight, but I'll take some and post them soon. Here is one of it almost done that I took a couple nights ago with my phone (still hadn't done the JKS Disconnects):

Here's what I did:

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