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This thread is a bit of an offshoot from a thread I made back in March regarding death wobble. After the jeep dealership looked it over, I was told that I needed a new steering stabilizer.
I had my more trusted mechanic order the stabilizer and install it. I figured I would also get an oil change and rotation while they were installing the SS, and while on the rack, he showed me how there was play in the tie rod ends. Not what he said was a lot, but enough to warrant needing them replaced soon.

The mechanic said that there should be zero play with the tie rod ends, and trying to balance the tires would be a waste of time.

He suggested going with Moog replacement and gave me a quote.

So what does the hive say? Play in the tie rod ends?
Does it warrant replacement?


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There should be no play in any part of your steering linkage.
I agree, Yeti is a great option. Going with standard Moog replacements would not be my choice. I would want something a step up from OEM.
I addition to Yeti, which is typically the whole Tie rod with the ball joints already installed, there are options like Synergy, Teraflex, or Dynatrac ball joints. But the Yeti option also replaces the stock tie rod with something much stronger. That would be my choice.
 

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One and done it by calling Dan at Fusion 4x4 and tell him your a member here to get the discount... and get the Fusion 2.5 Ton tie rod that uses the incredible Rare Parts joints. The Fusion TR eats Yeti parts for breakfast.
 
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I have the Synergy tie-rod, i wanted something that will fit my aftermarket diameter SS clamp, so it will also with the stock diameter clamp, it's been proven around rocks, and good damn it i ran mine in a rock garden with the rod ends loose, because i didn't torque them down properly, the tie-rod spun on the ends, but nothing happened to them or the rods, they're GM 1 ton rod ends that are available at any autoparts in case you needed a replacement, i've rested the weight of the Jeep on it, i have slammed it against rocks, ZERO issues with it, and it continues to take a beating without any problems. And i can drive my Jeep at 80mph with one hand as well :)
 

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I've heard that MOOG is not very good for Jeep Wrangler. I generally think MOOG makes very good products and have used them on other vehicles but check out reviews for Jeep JK specific MOOG ball joints etc from Amazon for instance and the reviews are not good.
 

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MOOG is a brand name only, they ceased to exist as a manufacturer when the brand was purchased by Federal Mogal. For the most part they sell import crap just like the other brands that don't actually make their own parts.
 

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Guys, thanks for all the replies. I have subscribed to this thread, but apparently haven't been getting the emails?

To be honest, I wouldn't know the difference between Moog, Synergy, Yeti if my life depended on it. I would love to be able to drop a big chunk of money into my Jeep, but for me right now it's not feasible. I would however like something better than OEM.


I would like something that's going to last at least another 50-75k miles, that's not going to break the bank. I don't do any heavy off-roading, but do occasionally end up on the typical single-lane backroad with potholes and bumps. I'm not rock crawling or anything like that. This is just my daily driver that ends up out in the country sometimes.
Maybe there's something out there that's right for my needs that won't be overkill?

Again, thanks for all the feedback and options.
 

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OP in such case, call the dealer, get the Mopar part number for the rod end replacements, then shop around online, or check Ebay, Craiglist or Jeep forums, etc, for the whole tie-rod replacement, you should be able to find them used for $100, prob less, sometimes people just want to get rid of them, and they'll offer them for free.
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MOOG is an update to stock, however, I wore that out too. went to the YETI bar, love it...I am at 68,000+ and yes, I go offroad....
 

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Guys, great. Thanks for all the suggestions and the links.
I'll let you know what I end up going with.


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MOOG is an update to stock, however, I wore that out too. went to the YETI bar, love it...I am at 68,000+ and yes, I go offroad....
JK Larry,
Do you have 68K on the YETI?
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ruff stuff is cheaper than moog pricing for a 1 ton
fits on a standard knuckle. just have to ream it out a little for the inserts.
way stronger than stock.
 

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Extreme terrain sells Crown for $130 like i said. You should get good miles on it depending on use.



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I smacked a boulder a couple years ago and thought I just threw out the alignment. Dealer put it on the alignment rack and said the rod was bent and quoted me something stupid (approx $500) to replace with OEM and align. I think I got my Crown replacement delivered for $110.00. Put it on with my 12 y/o son and we did our own alignment with a tape measure. Took it back to the dealer the next week just to double check the alignment. The tech remembered us and thought we went somewhere else for the repair. Told him we did the install and alignment ourselves. He said it all looked great and that the alignment was only out by 1/16" Service manager liked the father/son DIY and decided not to charge us for fine tuning our work. (My JKUR is on a 2.5" coil lift and 35" and the Crown has been great for 15,000 miles.)
 

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New metalcloak one just came out today.
 
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