06-17-2014, 03:36 PM
5-Year WF Supporting Member
Join Date: Jun 2013
Location: Yazoo City, MS
Front Track Bar Ends Finally Wore Out :-D
Well, I did the ZJ tie rod conversion the other day.
Two of the old ends were shot and the other two were in pretty bad shape.
Today I was checking up on everything with my torque wrench and correcting my steering wheel. (Yeah, I did not get that one right the first time...) The frame side of the track bar was greasy like the blown out tie rod ends, meaning that the boot is rotted and the grease has come out.
I got the grease gun and went to work.
Three trigger pulls and POP! The boot burst and a bit of grease pushed through. One more squirt just to see, and all that new grease came right out the side of the boot. I removed the gun and started to clean it up. Grease started to come out of the zerk, too.
The passenger side looked dry (like it is not leaking), but there seemed to be a tiny bit of play on both ends.
Just like my tie rod ends, the damned track bar is probably shot.
I went in to gripe about this to my wife, who has been saying to hold off on a lot of work until the TJ got to a certain point. After my describing what was up, she agreed with me that this was that point. Soooooooo...
I am about to replace my horrible, broken-assed 4" lift with the Curry/Savvy 4" lift with Rancho RS9000 shocks and the Teraflex super short SYE and TW drive shaft.
Goodbye, lousy ride! Farewell, shakes and rattles! So long to the final bits of POS gear installed by the PO on this unfortunate rig! And best of all: GOOD RIDDANCE TO THE DAMNED 2" TRANSFER CASE DROP!!!
Sometimes it is good when old parts finally die on you...
2003 Shale Green Metallic TJ Sport
2013 Black JK Sport S
A yellow bird with a yellow bill landed on my windowsill. You know the rest...