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Old 09-15-2013, 03:03 PM   #1
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Need some help!!!!

I really hope someone knows what I'm talking about, but as i was crawling around under my jeep today i noticed a crack in the piece of metal where my track bar and sway bar connect. (heres a picture of what im talking about.Click image for larger version

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My question is is this repairable buy having someone weld it back together and/or what is causing this?

Also, when i took it to a buddies so he can take a look at it i parked with the wheels turned to the passenger side, and he pointed out that my tie-rod and drag bar where hitting the piece of metal that is cracked.
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I really hope someone can identify this problem and hopefully tell me its an easy fix....

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Old 09-15-2013, 05:13 PM   #2
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Any competent welder can fix that for next to nothing. A piece of scrap steel to reinforce it & maybe an hour's labor & it will be fine. Most 4x4 shops have a guy that can weld that up, get a couple quotes & it shouldn't cost much.
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Old 09-15-2013, 05:39 PM   #4
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Any competent welder can fix that for next to nothing. A piece of scrap steel to reinforce it & maybe an hour's labor & it will be fine. Most 4x4 shops have a guy that can weld that up, get a couple quotes & it shouldn't cost much.
OK thank you that's what I was hoping to hear! Do you know what could cause this? Could it be from my tie rod and drag link hitting it?
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Your tie rod & drag link are hitting it? Yep definitely, that shouldn't be happening. Or could be from rust if they salt the roads where you live.

Figuring out how to fix things so the tie rod/drag link won't hit it would be my #1 priority after getting the track bar bracket repaired.
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Old 09-15-2013, 06:01 PM   #6
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Your tie rod & drag link are hitting it? Yep definitely, that shouldn't be happening. Or could be from rust if they salt the roads where you live.

Figuring out how to fix things so the tie rod/drag link won't hit it would be my #1 priority after getting the track bar bracket repaired.
It only hits when all the way turned to the passenger side. But it looks like somethings been biting at the drag link, like its hitting and rubbing it quite often. I know I'm asking a lot, but do you have any idea what could cause this. I'm taking it to a 4x4 shop this week sometime.
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The tie rod/drag link hitting that bracket is a geometry issue, which could be from improper control arm lengths or an aftermarket drag link with a funny bend in it to a bent tie rod or drag link. The drag link hitting things like that or the front differential cover is pretty common and the root cause and best fix is sometimes not easily figured out due to how things interact with each other..
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The tie rod/drag link hitting that bracket is a geometry issue, which could be from improper control arm lengths or an aftermarket drag link with a funny bend in it to a bent tie rod or drag link. The drag link hitting things like that or the front differential cover is pretty common and the root cause and best fix is sometimes not easily figured out due to how things interact with each other..
OK thank you for all the help! I'll see what I can come up with.

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