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Old 08-31-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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Stock Tie rod ends on Currie tie rods?

Well it looks as if my jeep has the currie steering set up and after completing the Rubicon trail...... Boy did that front end take a beating. Looks like the seal on the driver side end has finally gone out. Has a lot of play in it. Can I use a normal tie rod end or does it have to be one from currie? Because boy is there a price difference

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Currie's tie rod diameter is substantially larger than stock, a stock tre won't even come close to fitting.

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Currie's tie rod diameter is substantially larger than stock, a stock tre won't even come close to fitting.
Guess I'll have to bite the bullet and rebuild all of it
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Be thankful you were using the Currie steering system on the Rubicon. If your TJ's larger TRE's and tie rod took a beating on the Rubicon, imagine what would have happened with anything that was smaller.
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Be thankful you were using the Currie steering system on the Rubicon. If your TJ's larger TRE's and tie rod took a beating on the Rubicon, imagine what would have happened with anything that was smaller.
true.... Just wish they weren't so much money. $75 bucks for a tie rod end compared to the $19. I guess you get what you pay for
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Are you sure they actually need to be replaced? I see a lot of rust in your photos over on JF but that just looks cosmetic related. You sure they are actually damaged? Those particular TRE's survive the Rubicon all the time without damage, perhaps all they need is a wire brush & some spray paint.
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Are you sure they actually need to be replaced? I see a lot of rust in your photos over on JF but that just looks cosmetic related. You sure they are actually damaged? Those particular TRE's survive the Rubicon all the time without damage, perhaps all they need is a wire brush & some spray paint.
Well I know my tie rod is bent. And after completing the Rubicon, I can twist the whole tie rod back and forth with ease. The bushings are shot, as in pretty much nothing left of them. I know a lot of them are one piece units and you have to replace the whole tie rod end???
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Currie's tie rod is specially heat treated so it will bend just before the point something else further up the line would break.

Any shop with a 20 ton or bigger press can very easily straighten it, I did that once or twice a year with mine while on rock crawling trails.

And the tie rod is supposed to be able to be rotated (twisted) about its longitudinal axis. That is what keeps things from breaking as your front axle moves up & down. Based on your description of things, nothing needs to be replaced.
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Good info.
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Currie's tie rod is specially heat treated so it will bend just before the point something else further up the line would break.

Any shop with a 20 ton or bigger press can very easily straighten it, I did that once or twice a year with mine while on rock crawling trails.

And the tie rod is supposed to be able to be rotated (twisted) about its longitudinal axis. That is what keeps things from breaking as your front axle moves up & down. Based on your description of things, nothing needs to be replaced.
Ill make a video real quick and post it just to make sure
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Here is a quick video of what its doing. I just want to point out that before the Rubicon trail, It never did this
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Absolutely your tie rod & drag link did that before the Rubicon, it is supposed to do that... which is due to them being mounted on ball joints. If they didn't allow for rotational play like that, things would be breaking all the time whenever the axle moved up/down.
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Really? Well I've never seen it do that. my front end just started making noises and I'm guessing its not that. Still need to get that tie rod bent back and get it aligned
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You just never noticed it doing that. It is supposed to and it must be able to rotate like that.
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You just never noticed it doing that. It is supposed to and it must be able to rotate like that.
Well thanks! On to the next thing then
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That definitely looks normal.

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