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05-03-2013 08:32 PM
1jeeplvr
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Originally Posted by TheDesertOutlaw View Post
Wow. Good thing you checked the "collars". No wonder so many Jeeps get trailered to and from...
From now on before I go on any trips & even every week of everyday driving Im going to check that collar.
05-03-2013 08:26 PM
ChaddG Dayum smokey! new definition to tree hugger? glad everyone made it
05-03-2013 07:47 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
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Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post
Yes they need to be tight,BUT. Last week me and a buddy did a 4.5 hr trip to Rausch Creek.I saw this thread before I left & cranked those nuts tight.So we do our 9hr day of wheeling and the next day we check out Jeeps over before heading home & I somehow noticed the one end that goes into that sleeve twists ie-not tight.HOLY SH*T I think.I put a wrench on the nuts & yup,there tight but the sleeve isnt.I had to back off the nuts,lube them & reposition the "collars" So just because the nuts are tight dont assume the sleeve is.I almost poped myself when I saw how loose they were.
Wow. Good thing you checked the "collars". No wonder so many Jeeps get trailered to and from...
05-03-2013 06:53 PM
tazoez So I called stealership... Popped in for quick looksey at drag link. Drivers side link blown, passenger side boot shot. We are hoping pitman arm is ok...

Sadfully I knew this, on the other hand, free fix with my warranty (if they don't screw me over and try to refuse)
04-29-2013 06:06 PM
1jeeplvr
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Originally Posted by TheDesertOutlaw View Post
You need to check the bolts on your drag link to make sure they are tight. You can do this in about 5 minutes (before driving your Jeep). Be safe.
Yes they need to be tight,BUT. Last week me and a buddy did a 4.5 hr trip to Rausch Creek.I saw this thread before I left & cranked those nuts tight.So we do our 9hr day of wheeling and the next day we check out Jeeps over before heading home & I somehow noticed the one end that goes into that sleeve twists ie-not tight.HOLY SH*T I think.I put a wrench on the nuts & yup,there tight but the sleeve isnt.I had to back off the nuts,lube them & reposition the "collars" So just because the nuts are tight dont assume the sleeve is.I almost poped myself when I saw how loose they were.
04-29-2013 11:05 AM
tazoez
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Originally Posted by TheDesertOutlaw View Post

You need to check the bolts on your drag link to make sure they are tight. You can do this in about 5 minutes (before driving your Jeep). Be safe.
They are tight. Just checked them. There is play on the drivers side link.
04-28-2013 11:36 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
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Originally Posted by tazoez View Post
Having drag link issues with mine, thinking ill have my buddy (A.S.E. certified mechanic who owns a tj & jk) run through my suspension. Hit a divet in the road and steering went slack.
You need to check the bolts on your drag link to make sure they are tight. You can do this in about 5 minutes (before driving your Jeep). Be safe.
04-28-2013 07:05 PM
tazoez Having drag link issues with mine, thinking ill have my buddy (A.S.E. certified mechanic who owns a tj & jk) run through my suspension. Hit a divet in the road and steering went slack.
04-17-2013 09:54 AM
Harris4627 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 :-/)
04-16-2013 09:20 PM
TheDesertOutlaw
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
04-16-2013 04:59 PM
Jeeperz Creeperz
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Originally Posted by tkfx View Post
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.
04-16-2013 04:36 PM
Jeeperz Creeperz 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.
04-16-2013 03:53 PM
kayle 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
04-16-2013 01:00 PM
jeepinmike 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??
04-16-2013 12:13 PM
robhurlburt glad your OK OP, looks pretty brutal
04-16-2013 07:56 AM
budke 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.
04-16-2013 07:55 AM
IrateDonnie Yikes, looks like I'll be checking my steering today.
04-16-2013 07:47 AM
geiman
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Originally Posted by 97flexy View Post
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.
04-16-2013 07:33 AM
97flexy 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?
04-16-2013 06:58 AM
ztman 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
04-16-2013 06:40 AM
dabolt55 Thanks for sharing and glad you guys are alright and oncoming traffic is fine...
04-16-2013 04:31 AM
tkfx 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!
04-16-2013 12:58 AM
kayle 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.
04-15-2013 10:21 PM
Patrick H 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.
04-15-2013 10:15 PM
thgr8alex
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Originally Posted by 1jeeplvr View Post
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...
04-15-2013 10:12 PM
1jeeplvr
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Originally Posted by larjeep View Post
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
04-15-2013 10:08 PM
1jeeplvr Id be very interested on the details of that drag link.Were the sleeve clamps not tight? Crap,Im glad your ok
04-15-2013 09:06 PM
blaze0222 thanks for the tip on checking the drag link. Sorry it was at the expense of your jeep.
04-15-2013 08:23 PM
Shark_13 Damn....glad you are OK.
04-15-2013 07:58 PM
SeVeReDiStOrTiOn 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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