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Old 10-25-2005, 06:55 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Who Has Pretzled a YJ Tie Rod?

Who has pretzled a factory yj tie rod? Are they solid steel from the factory? I'm running cross over steering so my drag link doesn't mount to the tie rod and i don't really need my steering stablizer. It's a not really possible to sleve so i'm thinking maybe angle iron. How often do they actually bend? We have a lot of trees and stumps but very few rocks up here. Anybody destroy an end?

I pretzled my drag link that was mounted way up high so i ended up sleveing it and throwing a spare in the trail box. Now i just need to beef up my tie rod so i have some beefy steering.
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Old 10-25-2005, 07:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've bent 2 stock tie rods and yes, they are solid. Was able to keep wheeling on both of them but replaced before spending time on the road. Have literally pretzeled a drag link.

AS long as you're not running Hydro assist, I'd just stick with the stocker. Once you bend it up, go to a DOM or solid bar tie rod, especially if you're high steer on the drag link.
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I have a PILE of bent YJ tie rods. Never took out an end though. I've swaped to a front D44 and went with real hi steer from Sky Manufacturing and aint had a problem since
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Old 10-26-2005, 07:23 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Bent the tie rod on my TJ and replaced it with Currie Heavy Duty Tie Rod and Drag link haven't had a problem since.
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"Who has pretzled a factory yj tie rod?"

Who hasn't?
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Old 10-26-2005, 07:54 AM   #6 (permalink)
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"Who has pretzled a factory yj tie rod?"

Who hasn't?
x2, ive got a corner of my garage dedicated to bent springs and drag links/tie rods
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Old 10-26-2005, 07:57 AM   #7 (permalink)
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not a YJ but same idea.



yes they suck.
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Old 10-26-2005, 11:02 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Ok, time to build a beefy one. time to find some 1 1/8" 1/4" wall tubing and tap it to use stock right hand thread ends.
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Old 10-26-2005, 05:54 PM   #9 (permalink)
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i hade my draglink drilled and taped to 3/4 NF and the threads wore. i caught it before the heim pulled out, but it could have been bad. for drilling and taping tube, remember the threads are not as strong as an insert or a nut.

remember your buddy's cj5 after he ran up that tree? his draglink heim pulled out.
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Ok, time to build a beefy one. time to find some 1 1/8" 1/4" wall tubing and tap it to use stock right hand thread ends.
We pretty consistently take out 1 1/8" stuff in the rocks seemingly with no regard to wall thickness. Bumping up to sleeved 1 1/4" slows it way down. Not sure of the dynamics, but an eighth of an inch doesn't seem like it should make as much difference as it does.

I ran the same 1 1/4" .250 wall tie rod in JV for two seasons with ram assist and it's still good to go. In the same period, we helped swap out several bent smaller tie-rods on both YJ's and TJ's. The only other TR that was as durable was the solid one in the Currie HD steering set-up. We've yet to take one of those out and there's at least 6 sets of it out there on a steady basis.
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