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Old 04-15-2013, 07:17 PM   #1
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what happened to my TJ on friday. a warning.

so all im saying here is please check your drag link adjustment sleeve, mine stripped the threads out while i was driving and this happened.




















driving down the highway to a local trail when the steering let go had absolutely no control hit a guard rail and went right into the trees. luckily it pulled right when i hit the brakes and we didnt go into oncoming traffic.
the worst injury is a broken wrist.

double check your steering! after my crash i have had 2 friends that found issues in theirs.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:22 PM   #2
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Thanks for the advice. Sorry about the Jeep and your wrist, but glad you're OK otherwise

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Old 04-15-2013, 07:37 PM   #3
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That sucks!! Glad nobody was seriously injured!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:38 PM   #4
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not my wrist but a passengers. still check yer gear!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:40 PM   #5
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WOW that is terrible!! I'm glad there where no serious injuries although it's hard to believe considering the level of damage. You had no warning of a steering problem? No play or noises? Hard to tell from the pic but it looks like there are no threads left on 2/3 of the drag link?
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How could that link have stripped out? Who did all the steering work? Who made the drag link?
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:44 PM   #7
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Yikes! I bet that was a scary ride! Glad no serious injuries.

On a lighter note, that right fender flare looks salvageable!
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:45 PM   #8
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I've seen a drag link etc strip out before. U soukd always check the bolts on the links every so often.
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Old 04-15-2013, 07:58 PM   #9
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Glad you and your friends were ok. Weird how with all that carnage on the pass side the fender flare still looks brand new lol. Are you going to get another jeep?
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Old 04-15-2013, 08:23 PM   #10
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Damn....glad you are OK.
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Old 04-15-2013, 09:06 PM   #11
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thanks for the tip on checking the drag link. Sorry it was at the expense of your jeep.
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:08 PM   #12
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Id be very interested on the details of that drag link.Were the sleeve clamps not tight? Crap,Im glad your ok
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:12 PM   #13
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I've seen a drag link etc strip out before. U soukd always check the bolts on the links every so often.
So it stripped out because the bolts werent tight?Thats some beefy american iron to just strip out like that
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:15 PM   #14
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Id be very interested on the details of that drag link.Were the sleeve clamps not tight? Crap,Im glad your ok
I was wondering the same thing, i just adjusted mine about a month ago, if that, after my lift kit. Didnt think it could cause this.. I tightened them after i adjusted but in the morning before i head out i will be making sure they are quite tight just to be safe. And glad your alright, wrecks are no fun...
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Old 04-15-2013, 10:21 PM   #15
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Glad you're OK. I have to wonder about that drag link. Were the threads completely rusted away before this happened? Were the adjusting sleeve clamps tight? Things like that don't just happen.
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Old 04-16-2013, 12:58 AM   #16
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everything was tight. stock drag link installed by who knows whenever it was lifted. i have seen it happen before. also track bars. i have an xj and a yj as well gonna sell the yj. i loved that tj. it felt a little squirrley when we left in hind sight but nothing major untill that happened.
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I see you went with the face lift body kit!

Glad you guys are ok! Just shows how safe a jeep is. Imagine being in a honda or toyota... there would be more then a broken wrist!
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Thanks for sharing and glad you guys are alright and oncoming traffic is fine...
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Old 04-16-2013, 06:58 AM   #19
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Yikes, how fast were you going when you took the hit? Looks like the after market bumper took the hit, and based on the damage pics, looks like the damage to the hood was caused when the rear end lifted up and the hood hit the tree at a severe angle.
Glad you are ok
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:33 AM   #20
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dam!! that looks bad! glad to hear no serious injurys. and another reason I run a crossover steering. on a side note... you wana sell me your coil springs?
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:47 AM   #21
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and another reason I run a crossover steering.
Which would let the same thing happen if you neglected your steering system in the same manner. Let anything loose, be it a control arm, adjusting collar on the drag link, etc.. and eventually it will pull loose.

I'm with the others; glad you're OK, but things like this don't just happen. If that was the case we'd be seeing this all the time. Sounds like it wasn't right to begin with.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:55 AM   #22
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Yikes, looks like I'll be checking my steering today.
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Old 04-16-2013, 07:56 AM   #23
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Ehh, that'll buff out!

Glad you're ok man. I know what its like, I'm still fixing my jeep after it went into a guard rail and rolled onto its side.
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glad your OK OP, looks pretty brutal
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Old 04-16-2013, 01:00 PM   #25
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holy balls! That sucks. Miracle that know one was majorly hurt, and you did not go into traffic, glad to hear that. Shows how tough a jeep is. tht bumper seemed to hold up well??
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Old 04-16-2013, 03:53 PM   #26
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we were in third gear bout 50-55 4 cyl 5 speed 4:10s on 33s so with braking i figure we were going 40 ish
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Glad you are ok and it didn't pull left into traffic. Also from the low amount of injury, thank goodness you were wearing seat belts.

Thanks for the heads up.
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I see you went with the face lift body kit!

Glad you guys are ok! Just shows how safe a jeep is. Imagine being in a honda or toyota... there would be more then a broken wrist!
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I am not so sure about that. 1st you don't have to worry about suspensions coming apart in cars. Not a knock on Jeeps but people do change their suspensions, sometimes not properly.

Bigger doesn't always mean better in accidents. It helps but vehicle design does to. In this accident the Wrangler does well. Side impact especially with no doors, not good at all.

The biggest factor here for the minimum amount of injury was use of seat belts, having air bags and the luck of pulling right not left into traffic.

Honda civics just scored higher than many larger vehicles in tougher crash tests.

From the article:
Five cars pass new, tougher crash test

The test is not easy. The small frontal overlap that IIHS began doing last year is designed to mimic hitting a narrow object, such as a pole, or a partial head-on collision on the driver side. In order to be designated as a TSP+, the vehicle needs to first pass the other IIHS front, rear, side and rollover tests -- then pass the new small overlap test.

Two Civics -- both the two-door and four-door models -- and three other larger vehicles earned this top rating, it was announced today. The other top scorers were the redesigned 2014 Mazda6 midsize mainstream sedan, the Lincoln MKZ midsize luxury sedan and the Volvo XC60 midsize luxury SUV.
TSP+ means the cars were able to score a top "good" score on the new, tough "small overlap frontal crash test" -- hitting a barrier at 40 mph with just the outside 25% of the car's front end -- in addition to the regular tests.
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Old 04-16-2013, 09:20 PM   #29
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YIKES! This could have been me!!

Last month, I took my Jeep to a local Tire place in Riverside, CA for an alignment a couple of days before my international Baja run. During the run, my steering wheel began turning while I drove straight - first, to the two 'o clock position, then the 3 'o clock position. I was driving about 7-10 mph, and stopped on the trail by the time it reached the 4 'o clock position asking the guys over the CB that something wierd was up with my steering. The sleeve was only hand-tight, so, adjustment of my steering wheel wasn't an issue.

Moments from a possibly catastrophic failure
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Old 04-17-2013, 09:54 AM   #30
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Man, exact same thing happened to me a few years ago... Good reminder. I'm getting up from my desk right now to go check my front end! Glad all injuries are minor, (excluding the jeep jeep :-/)

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