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Old 12-14-2012, 08:57 AM   #1
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Steering after off road

So Finley got to take the jeep off road last night on friends property had a blast lol got battle scars from a tree branch and got ahold of the rear corner and pushed in a lil bit lol (tree stump).... Question is my steering wheel is not str8 no more after bumping the wheel off a stump, nothing looks bent I thing I just need to straighten the wheel back out. Has this happened to any one?

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I bet something IS bent

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Old 12-14-2012, 09:53 AM   #3
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Look up how to re-center your steering wheel. I bet the stump pulled the little adjuster enough to throw it out of wack. Best of luck!
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Old 12-14-2012, 10:10 AM   #4
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It's off because something bent or came loose. It's also an indicator that your toe is now off. Reset the toe then center the wheel. Also find out why it's off in the first place.
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There's a 99% chance you bent your tie rod which is an easy repair. However, once bent, the OE tie rod should be replaced because it will bend much easier the next time if you simply straighten it back out.

Don't simply adjust the link on the drag link to straighten the steering wheel again. Now that something is bent, and again it is likely to be the tie rod, the odds of it bending more or even collapsing are now very high... which could be catastrophic on the road.

Click on the below photo to make it bigger, then find the tie rod. It should be perfectly straight. If it is perfectly straight, then next most likely item that might have bent is the track bar, then possibly the drag link. The track bar already has a couple factory bends in it so it's really hard to tell when it is bent. Odds are that it's the tie rod that has bent.
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Just a question, in that pic is that track bar an adjustable one?
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Just a question, in that pic is that track bar an adjustable one?
Yes, hence the adjustment sleeve.
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Just a question, in that pic is that track bar an adjustable one?
Yes but that has to be an aftermarket track bar since the OE (factory) track bar length is not adjustable.
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Look up how to re-center your steering wheel. I bet the stump pulled the little adjuster enough to throw it out of wack. Best of luck!
I mentioned to try and recenter it with the thought that nothing was bent. I landed on a off angle rock after a drop off and it pulled my tire in. Turned out to be the adjuster that was simply loose. I reset it and no problems in ~5,000 more miles. Now if things like the tie rod are bent, thats a different story and the only proper and safe way to fix it is to replace it. Some use stronger tierods out of XJ's I believe, but don't quote me, I read that once. Otherwise currie makes a great steering setup.
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I mentioned to try and recenter it with the thought that nothing was bent. I landed on a off angle rock after a drop off and it pulled my tire in. Turned out to be the adjuster that was simply loose. I reset it and no problems in ~5,000 more miles. Now if things like the tie rod are bent, thats a different story and the only proper and safe way to fix it is to replace it. Some use stronger tierods out of XJ's I believe, but don't quote me, I read that once. Otherwise currie makes a great steering setup.
That would be a V8 ZJ tie rod.
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I did the same thing. Turned out I needed a whole new front axle and a new steering box
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Old 12-15-2012, 12:20 PM   #12
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well went outside and checked the aliment and as i read i think its set fine. I got 59 inches in front of the tire and 59 in 1/8 in back which that what the forum said it should be 1/8 difference.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:56 PM   #13
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Any input on if this is correct, would help me out. Tie rods are fine and every thing looks normal. It pulls but the tires up front are chopped up due to the last owner not doing rotations or driving with a bad tie rod.
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Old 12-16-2012, 11:57 PM   #14
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Also with the v8 zj tie rods just swap in or do I need a whole new dragline and assembly out a Cherokee.
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It's a straight swap.
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Old 12-17-2012, 12:25 PM   #16
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Drag link*
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Old 12-20-2012, 09:52 PM   #17
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any input if this is correct?

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