92 YJ w/ OME lift and jks sway bar discos
Recently (after using my sway bar discos for the first time) my steering wheel came out of alignment, so that the steering wheel is about half a turn to the right when jeep is going straight. After searching and researching the forum, I suspected track bar and/or tie rod ends / drag link. I think the fact that I just used the discos for the first time is a coincidence?...
Sure enough, upon inspection under my jeep, I realized that the track back has come unbolted on the axle end (photo 1 below), and I believe the tie rod end / drag link is loose where it meets the wheel (picture 2).
My questions are as follows. For track bar, I am leaning toward just removing it, since my jeep is a YJ. But for the loose tie rod end / drag link, I am not sure what I should do. First of all, am I correct that the points labeled 1) and 2) below in photo 2 are the drag link and tie rod end? Is it safe to just tighten the bolt with the cotter pin going through it, where tie rod meets wheel (which is loose)?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated. I have read on here and think I have diagnosed the problem, but I just want to make sure I am addressing the problem in the correct manner. I just am trying to understand what I am dealing with. Jeep is used for daily driving and weekly four wheeling (nothing crazy).