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Old 04-14-2013, 08:13 PM   #1
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Need some help. What should i do?

Just went of offroading yesterday and drove anout an hour home and who know how long with this broken and was wondering if I'm safe to keep driving like this till I can get it fixed and also could this be welded back together or do I need to buy a new one and if so what exactly is this rod called so I can find one?
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:13 AM   #3
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Hope this helps! I couldnt quite tell from your picture but it looks like your tie rod. And yes i would replace asap.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:28 AM   #4
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Hope this helps! I couldnt quite tell from your picture but it looks like your tie rod. And yes i would replace asap.
Just a little clue- he drove it this way..
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:45 AM   #5
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Just a little clue- he drove it this way..
I dont know what it is, i just looked at mine and didnt see anything similar. Maybe im blind haha.. Still learning..
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:50 AM   #6
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Can you post another picture but a little further back so we can see both ends including where those parts connect to on the driver's side? But based on what those likely are, I sure wouldn't be driving it like that.
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For me at least, it'd help to have a little bigger picture. Hard to tell with it that close up....

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It looks like a steering rod to me. I'm not sure how you'd be driving with it broken though. Another picture would be helpful.
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I have no clue and I wheel with him all the time I don't think mine has those
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Hopefully u guys can get a better idea from these but I dove about an hour home at about 80mph with no difference in the drive didn't see it was broken till the day after
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Maybe im not so clueless after all if everyone else has the same questions i was thinking.. Sigh of relief... But now im curious to what it was since i couldnt find anything similar besides tie rod

Edit: just looked at picture.. Not tie rod. Not sure what it is, my jeep doesnt have those
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I can see the TRE attached to the drag link can't tell if it's broken though and no way you drove it home if it is. Adjustable TB? Still would've made nearly impossible to drive.
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OK new pic. Some type of panhard bar?
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We wheeled it like this too since I heard a pop earlier in the day but didn't think much of it. It still drives the same there's a ball socket too at the end where it snapped like the ones on the savvy sway bar links
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Yeah never seen that before. Looks like it possibly broke because of clearance issues. You've got alot of stuff tucked up in there.
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I can see the TRE attached to the drag link can't tell if it's broken though and no way you drove it home if it is. Adjustable TB? Still would've made nearly impossible to drive.
It's not his TB. I can see that still intact. It seems to be attached to the frame at two points with one of the points being the TB frame side mount. Weird.
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Yeah never seen that before. Looks like it possibly broke because of clearance issues. You've got alot of stuff tucked up in there.
It popped when we were playing in the mud quite aggressively haha extremely aggressively actually enough to where I almost hit my head in the top
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It popped when we were playing in the mud quite aggressively haha extremely aggressively actually enough to where I almost hit my head in the top
Nice. Haha yeah I'd say that would've done it. If you don't mind me asking, where are y'all stationed at?
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It's not his TB. I can see that still intact. It seems to be attached to the frame at two points with one of the points being the TB frame side mount. Weird.
Yeah I see that in his second pics. They probably posted while I was replying.
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That is a Frankenstein/nightmare track bar design that looks like might also serve as a secondary track bar brace. The track bar is critical to keeping the axle properly positioned left-to-right which is critical to steering. What is the other (driver's side) end of that broken part connected to? Is it connected to the axle or to an aftermarket dropped frame mount as it appears to be? A closer photo of what the other end of that broken bar is connected to would be helpful.

At the least, I'd say a new conventional design track bar without a dropped track bar mount is in order, which would require its matching Frankenstein brother dropped Pitman arm be replaced with a non-dropped Pitman arm.

Does your steering get bumped left/right as you drive over bumps/dips in the road?
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Yeah I see that in his second pics. They probably posted while I was replying.
I figured you knew what a TB was. Ha I've seen your build thread. Just throwing it out there for general knowledge. No worries
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Nice. Haha yeah I'd say that would've done it. If you don't mind me asking, where are y'all stationed at?
Fort sill oklahoma
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Oh ok. Never mind then. I'm not military but my Dad is retired army and we live in the town over from the NCBC in Gulfport, Ms. Lots of people play in the mud here cuz there's really no rocks. I was just hoping I might have found some wheelin buddies. Oh well.
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as jerry said, that's an ancient POS frankenlift front track bar setup.

rip it all off and replace with Currie TJS/TJJ model track bar from Savvy Off-Road. replace the dropped pitman arm with a stock pitman arm. then reevaluate.
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We wheeled it like this too since I heard a pop earlier in the day but didn't think much of it. It still drives the same there's a ball socket too at the end where it snapped like the ones on the savvy sway bar links
BTW definitely not nitpicking here but the ball-socket-stud is called a heim joint. Again just trying to help.
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BTW definitely not nitpicking here but the ball-socket-stud is called a heim joint. Again just trying to help.
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Old 04-15-2013, 12:14 PM   #27
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Thanks for the help I guess I need to look into gettin rid of the junk under there and replace it all with the right stuff

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