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Old 07-23-2013, 12:46 PM   #1
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What's this part's name?

Hey guys,

so my Jeep is making a noise when ever I turn the wheel.. and it's harder to move.. I thought it was the steering wheel that maybe ran out of liquid but the level it's fine..

as I did not see anything wrong I took to a shop..

they saw this part is too big and it's rubbing the frame.. (the jeep is lifted on this picture)



here's where you can see the rubbing part..



so they are recommending these 2 parts to be replaced:




It seems those parts are not OME and someone modified them (I have had the Jeep for almost 2 years)

I would like to buy the original or best parts but I can't get them in Nicaragua..

Is there a particular brand I should look for?

What are these parts names? (I thought they were U joints but the ones in the pictures don't look like the ones I have seen on the Internet :S


Can anyone point me in the right direction?

Thanks!

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Old 07-23-2013, 12:51 PM   #2
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Those are tie rod ends. The one on top is connecting the drag link to the pitman arm for the steering box. The lower one connects the drag link to the tie rod itself.

The common upgrade is the v8 ZJ upgrade or the Crown HD upgrade. Both are fine choices. I went with the Crown HD upgrade because it just came with everything I needed.

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Old 07-23-2013, 12:54 PM   #3
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They are called tie rods.
There has to be something wrong with the alignment of your axel to cause that to rub.
I have a Long arm lift and I crushed my left under side arm mount. This caused my axel on the left to move back about 1/4 inch and caused my tie rod at the exact same place as yours to rub.
The best steering available for the TJ is the Currie. I have one. Crown is also good and a little cheaper. Here is a link

Currie Enterprises CE-9701 - Currie CURRECTLYNC® Heavy-Duty Tie Rod System for 84-06 Jeep® Wrangler TJ, Unlimited & Cherokee XJ, MJ - Quadratec
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Those are tie rod ends. The one on top is connecting the drag link to the pitman arm for the steering box. The lower one connects the drag link to the tie rod itself.

The common upgrade is the v8 ZJ upgrade or the Crown HD upgrade. Both are fine choices. I went with the Crown HD upgrade because it just came with everything I needed.
I'm currently running 30's but will changing to 31's.. will I be ok with the v8 ZJ upgrade? I was reading the Crown is for bigger tires?

I guess I will have to replace everything? drag link and tie rods?

I have experienced some sort of vibration when I'm doing 50mph.. it only happens from time to time.. I thought it was the DW but it's not all the time that it happens.. hopefully this is related and will go away with the parts change..

really appreciate the help! still trying to learn

PS. I have a 2" lift in place
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The v8 ZJ upgrade and the Crown HD are pretty much the same thing. The biggest difference between them and the stock setup is that they are solid where OEM is a hollow tube. The Solid metal is obviously a lot stronger from warping compared to a thin hollow tube.

Either one you go with will be perfectly fine for 30's. It's definitely not needed, but you did say you wanted the "best parts". My logic says to only replace it once, so why buy another week stock version if you can get one much stronger for not much more?
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I would go with Currie Currectlync instead of the V8 ZJ setup or the Crown.
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This picture doesn't show the TRE's it only shows the tie rod and draglink.

I am giving the OP a little credit on being able to put two and two together.
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The v8 ZJ upgrade and the Crown HD are pretty much the same thing. The biggest difference between them and the stock setup is that they are solid where OEM is a hollow tube. The Solid metal is obviously a lot stronger from warping compared to a thin hollow tube.

Either one you go with will be perfectly fine for 30's. It's definitely not needed, but you did say you wanted the "best parts". My logic says to only replace it once, so why buy another week stock version if you can get one much stronger for not much more?
You are absolutely right..
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They are called tie rods.
There has to be something wrong with the alignment of your axel to cause that to rub.[/URL]
So do you think the axel needs to be checked? should I change something else now that I'm going to fix the tie rods?

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