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Old 11-02-2011, 01:00 AM   #1
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Tj wont hold an alignment

My front tires will not hold their alignment for more than 6 or 8 months (3000 to 5000 miles). I mainly drive on the highway, have only taken my jeep for light off roading 3 times. I have bfg KO 31x10.5 15r tires im also going through u joints about once a year (they have lifetime warranties so they are a free fix) Would an aftermarket track bar solve this issue or is it just an issue I have to deal with by owning a jeep.

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Old 11-02-2011, 02:29 AM   #2
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i don't know about most people but i wouldn't expect an alignment to hold perfect for that long. i mean, mine doesn't get bad but i re do it every once in a while, but i'm picky about tire wear. how bad is yours getting?

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That doesn't seem right...what's changing on the alignment? Toe? Might try replacing the tie-rod?
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if your eating U-joints there is a bigger problem. I would check your ball joints asap then work from there. My guess is that the OME rubber bushings are past their life cycle as well. Go threw all the components and make sure they are good and have no play and replace from there.
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Old 11-02-2011, 06:47 AM   #5
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If your front end alignment is actually changing, then either something is bending or something is loosening. First things first--the stock steering linkage is dinky, especially the tie rod. Secondly, worn TRE's and bushings move around so you've got a tolerance there. You may set the toe to 1/8" in while the Jeep is sitting and then when you go to move, all of those stacked tolerances are enough to cause toe to sit at 1/16" at one moment and 3/16" the next. Just a rough example....

If you want your front end to be rock solid with no unwanted movement, you'll have to spend some money on good, quality, beef parts. I can land on rocks and beat on my front end all day long without anything adjusting whatsoever.
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:13 PM   #6
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So what are these beefy parts because I'm looking to fix the problem and make my rig a little more off road capable
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Old 11-03-2011, 08:19 PM   #7
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dont waste your time on half *** upgrade parts or stabilizers go to 1 ton TREs and call it a day on the steering.
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My front tires will not hold their alignment for more than 6 or 8 months (3000 to 5000 miles). I mainly drive on the highway, have only taken my jeep for light off roading 3 times. I have bfg KO 31x10.5 15r tires im also going through u joints about once a year (they have lifetime warranties so they are a free fix) Would an aftermarket track bar solve this issue or is it just an issue I have to deal with by owning a jeep.

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do you have any lift?
do you have the stock steering components or what?
when's the last time you checked the steering components, clevite bushings and control arms?
any play in the tie-rod ends?
which u-joints are going bad - axles or driveshaft?

and no, an aftermarket track bar will not fix your issues, in fact it could introduce worse issues. the track bar has little to do with steering alignment.

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So it's mostly stock. Only upgrades were back up lights, recovery hooks front and rear, rock rails, lightforce striker 170 lights and moog regreaseable u joints on the drivetrain. And I went to the bigger tires mentioned earlier
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So it's mostly stock. Only upgrades were back up lights, recovery hooks front and rear, rock rails, lightforce striker 170 lights and moog regreaseable u joints on the drivetrain. And I went to the bigger tires mentioned earlier
ok, in stock form definitely do not get an aftermarket track bar. In fact, I wouldn't recommend one till at least 3" of lift. If needed stay with a stock replacement track bar, which is only $50-60 at the local NAPA. But again, the track bar has nothing to do with your alignment problems.

As for the alignment issues....check the unit bearings and ball joints, that would be the first place I'd look if front u-joints are going bad frequently. Check the tie-rod ends, drag link end and such...look for play. You can get a new drag-link and new tie-rod ends pretty reasonably at NAPA. If you want to upgrade the tie-rod, you can use a 1998 V8 ZJ tie-rod. Check the front control arms and look for worn Clevite bushings. Also look for bend or damaged mounts, which is common if you hit a curb or have an accident.
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Old 11-27-2011, 10:13 AM   #11
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So my tie rod ends are trashed, did a little digging around about some better replacement parts and the monthly JP Mag had the best answer so far: rusty's off road hd steering package for $140 which has a beefed up tie rods and tie rod ends

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