Originally Posted by wavebacktothetj
I had this issue for like 3 years and never figured it out until this past weekend while installing my new lift it was my tie rod end, like you said I felt it right under my feet it was the outboard end on the drivers side that ball joint right there where the nut is had broken and I didn't know it until I was putting it back together (I took it off to flex it more to remove my 4" springs) and the nut threaded on and then the whole shaft was turning with the socket it's not supposed to that means it's broken I would remove that cotter pin remove the nut and put a small screw driver or drift pin through the hole if it rotates it's bad I reached mine for 45 bucks and if you are replacing it count your threads on the old one so your alignment won't be that far off if any at all when you thread the new end on. Good luck hope this helps
I've had new tie rods spin sometimes when tightening them up. They showed no sign of play in the tie rod itself though. Usually when a tie rod goes, you can notice play when you wiggle the steering back and forth.
I was going to ask how the ride improved after that but you just installed a new lift.