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Old 06-17-2013, 09:10 AM   #1
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HELP! Jeep wont turn!

So i was doing some light offroading last night and this happened: I got her home by only turning right because thats all i could do but now its all locked up i cant turn at all. Is that a control arm? What could have done that? How can i get it fixed and will it be costly?
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Old 06-17-2013, 10:44 AM   #2
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May help to wash/clean it. Then take pictures of both sides from different angles.

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Old 06-17-2013, 10:44 AM   #3
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looks like a heavy duty sway bar... and it's bent pretty significantly. looks like it pressed up against your tie-rod pretty good too...

you can remove your sway bar all together for a little bit (like driving disconnected) just be very careful.. and get yourself a new sway bar and some quick disconnects... also check your toe-in... if you hit your tie-rod good... that could be off.

front tire should be toed-in approximately 1/8" (ex: front edge of front - tire to tire -- 56 7/8"; rear edge of front - tire to tire 57") i forget what the exactly distance is...

EDIT: maybe just contacted the clamp on the tie-rod... you might be okay there...
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:08 AM   #4
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Your swaybar is definitely out of place. It should be roughly parallel to the ground and the end links should be attached to brackets on the axle.

Looks like you broke an end link or you disconnected and forgot to tie up the swaybar.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:15 AM   #5
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I only have a sport x so i dont have disconnects. Im getting it towed to the dealership today do hopefully its an easy fix.
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Old 06-17-2013, 11:21 AM   #6
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I'm with Tabber. Looks like your tie rod clamp has spun. Unbolt that clamp and spin it 180 degrees. The sway bar link bolts to a tab that is not welded very well to the axle. Those tabs do bend.

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Old 06-17-2013, 11:56 AM   #7
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There is something unique in the pic though. I see the swaybar link on the far right. And the stud on it passes to the left through the mounting point, which should be a tab welded to the axle. Not sure what that is that looks like something besides the tab.

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Hi Jwalker where are you located in CO? I am in Golden and if you are close I can come take a look at it later today?

Also do you have a lift? it appears that you endlinks are too short and it caused the bar to swing down and contact the tie rod. here is a picture of how the swaybar should look.
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Save yourself some money and a tow by disconnecting the endlinks and then you can rotate your swaybar up and away from the tie rod.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:09 PM   #9
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Im down in denver, and yea I do have a 2.5 inch lift.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:13 PM   #10
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when you install a lift... you want your sway bar to be as close to parallel to the ground as possible. so even the one in the photo below is a bit off.... need to get some longer sway bar links.
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when you install a lift... You want your sway bar to be as close to parallel to the ground as possible. So even the one in the photo below is a bit off.... Need to get some longer sway bar links.
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I didnt install it, so did the shop that did screw up?
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when you install a lift... you want your sway bar to be as close to parallel to the ground as possible. so even the one in the photo below is a bit off.... need to get some longer sway bar links.
Good eye yes I need some longer links as well.
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Old 06-17-2013, 12:32 PM   #14
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I didnt install it, so did the shop that did screw up?
which lift? If the lift came with longer end links then yes the shop screwed it up by not installing the correct ones. If the kit didn't come with them then you need to get some longer ones.

PM heading your way.
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you over extended your sway bar links. unbolt the links then tie your sway bar up securely and you will be able to drive it.
you will need to get longer sway bar links to prevent it from happening again.
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good find guys, when my YJ did that I had a piece of driftwood stuck between the tie rod and the drag link lol
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Old 06-17-2013, 01:18 PM   #17
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I got the teraflex 2.5 lift.
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a couple 18mm wrenches if i'm not mistaken... unbolt the sway bar - and take it to the shop that installed your lift... show them their mistake and tell them you want a new sway bar and some JKS disconnects.... on them

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Old 06-17-2013, 01:55 PM   #19
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I got the teraflex 2.5 lift.
from looking at the teraflex instructions it appears the the shop screwed it up. The rear stock links are supposed to be installed in front (since they are longer) and new ones are supposed to be installed in the rear (provided in the 2.5 kit)

I would take it back and make them do it right.
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Ok. The dealer fixed it today and it was quick and easy. Turns out i over flex and the links and they were brought down. The shop recommened i get quick disconnects, will this prevent it from happening again? Are they expensive?
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OHHHHHH now I see whats going on in the first pictures. swaybar cammed over. take it to the shop that installed your lift and have that fixed! thats some shoddy work. after that, find somebody local who is knowledgeable and have them look it over for any other mistakes.

I take it you havnt been disconnecting, you probably should get some QD's and start doing so. you have a beast that hasnt been unleashed yet!
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Ok. The dealer fixed it today and it was quick and easy. Turns out i over flex and the links and they were brought down. The shop recommened i get quick disconnects, will this prevent it from happening again? Are they expensive?
Yup a set of quick discos would be a good upgrade. They run between 120 to 150. Make sure you get ones for your lift height.

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