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Old 07-09-2010, 06:21 PM   #1
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slightly bent tie rod

Was out wheelin over the weekend and I hit my tie rod on a rock. It's very slightly bent at the point of impact (barely noticeable, but noticeable) is this something that needs to be replaced ASAP or is it no big deal until I really bend or smash it? What problems can this cause me only being slightly bent?

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Old 07-09-2010, 06:29 PM   #2
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You will wear your tires out, good reason to replace with bigger and better.

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Old 07-09-2010, 06:37 PM   #3
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X2 on the tire problem as the bent tie rod has screwed up your front-end alignment's toe-in adjustment. Improper toe-in will wear your front tires out in in time.

Also, a bent tie rod is weaker and a mild impact might cause it to fold so I would replace it asap. At the very least, rotate your tie rod so the toe-in is back within spec. You can do that with nothing more exotic than a tape measure, a friend to hold one end of the tape measure, a wrench, and a big pair of pliers.

Simply measure between the tires and rotate the tie rod so the front edge of the tires are 1/16" to 1/8" closer together than at the same point at the rear of the front tires. Rotating the front of the tierod downwards IIRC will make the tie rod longer to compensate for the bend to move your toe-in back out where it belongs.

Since your steering wheel is probably out of position now too, set your toe-in and then rotate the short length on the drag link until your steering wheel is straight.

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Old 07-09-2010, 06:38 PM   #4
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Replace it as soon as possible, now that you've bent it it will be wayyy easier for something little to destroy it ans pull both you tires toward the center.
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Old 07-09-2010, 06:49 PM   #5
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Thanks guys, beefier tie rod it is!

For the time being, it sounds like if I reset my toe-in than there's nothing to worry about except it being weaker and easier to break now correct? Either way I will replace it. Any suggestions on a replacement?
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Old 07-09-2010, 07:58 PM   #7
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Is your Jeep stock?
2" lift, 1" BL, 1" MML, 32x11.5 and some other stuff. Does that make a difference what tie-rod I get? I was thinking maybe JKS heavy duty tie rod unless someone has a suggestion.
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Old 07-09-2010, 08:17 PM   #8
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I went with a Big Daddy tie rod or something like that after bending mine on a rock . . . it was like 100 bucks and is way beefier than stock and came with the larger/stronger tie rod ends, which was nice and also left me with a perfect drop in spare that I now carry complete with ends and all. That being said, I wish I would have just bit the bullet and went with the Currie to begin with . . . if I did, I probably wouldn't feel the need to carry a spare tie rod and drag link ( I now worry that the drag link is the weak link after beefing up the tie rod).
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I have an Iron Rock tie rod that was won by a guy while we were at a wheelin' event. He didn't have a Jeep, so I bought it on the cheap.
I have beat the hell out of it and it's still holding strong. Their prices were pretty good at the time, might be one to look at.

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Should I replace the rod ends as well?

Wow Kate that ironrock tie rod is solid steel $66 plus you can add new ends for $50 that's not a bad deal. Did you get just the rod or did you add the ends to. Seems like if your going to beef up the rod you should beef up the ends to right?
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Another good tie rod replacement is at your local Junkyard.. I believe it to be a grand cherokee V8 tie rod... I htink the years are in 90's not sure though... But it is much beefier

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