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Old 01-31-2007, 06:39 PM   #1
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Something I'm impressed with

So I got rusty's offroad tie rod the other day, and man this thing is beefy, and complete for less than a hundred bones on sale, I had to give it some press.

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Old 01-31-2007, 06:42 PM   #2
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Cool! I remember when my Big Daddy tie rod came in the mail. I thought it was made out of lead!

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Old 01-31-2007, 07:53 PM   #4
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Frank put a Rusty's on my Jeep
....Haven't bent it yet
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Yeah, that's good stuff. My Rockkrawler 1 1/2" solid tie rod is one of the beefiest things I've ever put on my rig.
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what are these tie rods you keep talking about. I don't have those on my jeep
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Old 01-31-2007, 10:37 PM   #7
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what are these tie rods you keep talking about. I don't have those on my jeep
You don't count. You just got your jeep to start yesterday.
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im wanting to fab my own out of 1.5" solid stock
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Rusty's is awesome.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:10 AM   #10
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I heard you can you one from a cherokee for your Tj. Has anyone tried this.
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I heard you can you one from a cherokee for your Tj. Has anyone tried this.
Yeah I heard the one from a v8 grand cherokee can be swamped in the tj
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Yep, sure can.

Got it from a ZJ Grand Cherokee with the V8. Other ZJ's w/o the V8 have the same setup as the TJ, so the TR from the ZJ's in beefier.

Just installed one this weekend. Got it complete and brand new from AZ, complete with new TRE's for the driver side for $79.00. The other TRE is attached to the rod itself.
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Old 02-01-2007, 11:40 AM   #13
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Rusty's is awesome.
x2. good stuff for cheap.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:02 PM   #14
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Her's a pic of my new tie rod! 1.5" with an almost 1/2" wall thickness, told you I was impressed.

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ooooh.....

is it time to knit pick??
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what you got to knit pick about?!
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what you got to knit pick about?!
the paint is 1/100" to thick
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what you got to knit pick about?!
your stock track bar. More importantly, your stock track bar and the operating angle of said stock track bar.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:31 PM   #19
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Sorry we can't all own non-running rock buggies (haha), don't worry, it's on my list, one thing at a time now. But if I keep going at this rate, my jeep will be like yours if I don't look out.
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your stock track bar. More importantly, your stock track bar and the operating angle of said stock track bar.
And the use of a drop pitman arm without a drop trac-bar bracket.
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Old 02-01-2007, 09:36 PM   #21
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I do have a bracket installed, you just can't see it in the pic. It's just a band aid for now. Jeez guys, just bash my junk now. Next you'll be ripping on my home made disco's.
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Next you'll be ripping on my home made disco's.

i almost forgot about those...JK

how do they work for you?
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I do have a bracket installed, you just can't see it in the pic. It's just a band aid for now. Jeez guys, just bash my junk now. Next you'll be ripping on my home made disco's.
I wouldn't bash your discos. I just hope you don't use them. Allowing your axle to articulate past the operating angle of the track bar is a big no no in my book. That is a very important part of the safety to you and others. More important, in my opinion, than an upgraded rusty's tie rod

I would be surprised if rusty's use .500 walled tubing for his tie rod. Are you sure the tubing is that thick or just the weld in insert he used at the end??
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That's what he was showing on his site if I remember right, then drilled to accept the insert. Yes, the disco's work great, and I cycle the suspension to check for binding and other problems when I installed them. The joint still has play in it at cycle, because I have solid control arms with poly bushings, keeps the suspension in check enough to keep it from binding. Both track bars and all control arms are next mod, but don't go slinging parts at me yet.
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Pit,

Man, we aren't trying to just rain on your parade. We are just pointing out somethings that could become unsafe for you in the picture. One major issue of over flexing your rig while disco'd can be ripping off the trac-bar mounts and then you are screwed on the trail.
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I know dude, I'm just playing along, but I do know that stuff needs to be changed, but I got a deal on the tie rod I couldn't pass up.
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That's what he was showing on his site if I remember right, then drilled to accept the insert. Yes, the disco's work great, and I cycle the suspension to check for binding and other problems when I installed them. The joint still has play in it at cycle, because I have solid control arms with poly bushings, keeps the suspension in check enough to keep it from binding. Both track bars and all control arms are next mod, but don't go slinging parts at me yet.
Longer shocks than stock and that track bar will get over extended. Do people do it all the time? Yes. Is it safe? No. Watched a guy pop the rod end out of the track bar on a pretty easy obstacle. Just trying to look out for you. You can see in that picture your track bar is already past the stock location angle and looks pretty crooked if you ask me.

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