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Old 08-23-2011, 11:50 AM   #1
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Exclamation Bent tie rod

I was running Black Bear in Colorado last week when I hit a rock especially hard with my driver's wheel. After I backed up and finished the trail I noted my steering wheel was canted left although when I release it on a level road the jeep tracks straight.
I stopped this week to have the front end alignment checked and have an appointment tomorrow to do this. At the time, the tech said it appeared that one of the tie rods was slightly warped.
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1. Would I still be able to have the front end aligned without replacing the tie rod
2. How much tire damage would I possibly incur if I waited2500 miles to get home and repair it?
3. I'd take a picture but it's so slight I can barely see it although running my hand over it there seems to be a slight bend.jj

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Old 08-23-2011, 11:57 AM   #2
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You have just one tie rod and once bent, it will bend again more easily the next time you hit something which could even just be a big bump or dip in the road. The factory tie rod is just a skinny piece of tubular steel so it doesn't pay to try to straighten it either. I'd replace it and if you have the $$$, now would be a good time to upgrade it to something stronger.

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Old 08-23-2011, 12:00 PM   #3
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The ZJ V8 tie rod is a pretty inexpensive upgrade to consider. It bolts directly into the TJ.
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Old 08-23-2011, 01:52 PM   #4
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Thanks for the info. I hope I can get one where I'm at as we're on vacation and timing comes into play. jj
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:01 PM   #5
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Thanks for the info. I hope I can get one where I'm at as we're on vacation and timing comes into play. jj
drive over to NAPA & get the whole v8 ZJ setup. if you're in the denver area i could help you install it...
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:23 PM   #6
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drive over to NAPA & get the whole v8 ZJ setup. if you're in the denver area i could help you install it...
x2 (only without the install help).
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:30 PM   #7
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Thanks but I'm in Pagosa Springs. Do you have more info on the ZJ, the local parts store doesn't know what it is. Parts number, mfgr anything? jj
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Old 08-23-2011, 02:50 PM   #8
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Just did the ZJ upgrade on mine. Napa #'s 269-2788, 269-1134, 269-6085. That'll give you a 1 inch diameter tie rod setup and solid. The 1134 I believe is the adjusting sleeve. the 6085 is the long tie rod to the passenger wheel, and the 2788 is the short tie rod to the driver wheel if memory serves me. Can't post pics yet, but if you look in my profile I have a pic of my steering after install.
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Old 08-23-2011, 03:04 PM   #9
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Stu olsen has a writeup on it along with part numbers, etc..

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Old 08-23-2011, 03:17 PM   #10
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Got it will go to shop tomorrow to confirm problem and there's a NAPA in Durango so I can get them there.jj
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Got it will go to shop tomorrow to confirm problem and there's a NAPA in Durango so I can get them there.jj
order parts for a 1998 Jeep 5.9L Grand Cherokee...apparently them auto parts guys are mindless drones that need to look everything up in a computer.
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Old 08-24-2011, 01:51 PM   #13
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Thanks all, got lucky just out of alignment, cheap fix. Now I've got to get a radiator overflow reservoir since mine fell over and got rubbed open, but found it in a local junkyard.
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order parts for a 1998 Jeep 5.9L Grand Cherokee...apparently them auto parts guys are mindless drones that need to look everything up in a computer.
Doesn't it suck when that happens! I run into it at all kinds of places. Ask anything other than a vanilla question and they give attitude and cease wanting to help.

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