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    went wheelin this weekend and hit some bumps and rocks and now my steering wheel is a little off, when i let go of the steering i get a little drift but not too bad. all the suspension from an eyeballs view looks good and damage free!! any ideas before i start tearing the whole thing apart normaly i would think the steering link was bent but it looks good
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    More than likely you just need an alignment.

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    Happens to me almost everytime out. Rocks and ruts take a toll on the steering

    Chances are something got bent in the tie rod/draglink, but it's so minimal, you can't see it.

    I do my own "alignments", as far as setting the toe-in and making the wheel straight.

    The toe-in should be around 1/8".

    Also double check the air pressure. One tire being low can cuase this to happen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by HillBillE View Post
    Happens to me almost everytime out. Rocks and ruts take a toll on the steering

    Chances are something got bent in the tie rod/draglink, but it's so minimal, you can't see it.

    I do my own "alignments", as far as setting the toe-in and making the wheel straight.

    The toe-in should be around 1/8".

    Also double check the air pressure. One tire being low can cuase this to happen.
    X2 here...
    I bent a tie rod end and couldnt eyeballed, till I try to adjust the steering sleeve and notice the whole bar wobling.....
    Check the tire pressure first since is just too easy to get out of the way...

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    cheked the air press and took it to the dealership and even they were stumped. gonna do an alignment on it but they said it might be the tie rod assy! if it is i wanna beef it up for sure so this dosent happen as easily again... any suggestions on a good product that can take a desent beating?
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    To beef it up and be able to find the parts, you can use a tie rod from a V8 ZJ.

    They are much beefier, yet bolt right in with no mods (like reaming/drilling the knuckle)

    That's what I run on my XJ. The rest of the setup (drag link-from pitman arm to passenger knuckle) is the same on the V8 ZJ as the XJ/TJ and 4.0 ZJ.

    But the tie rod is much bigger.

    Otherwise there are quite a few options for aftermarket steering. Quite a few threads on MJ discussing them.

    Iron Rock Off road has a good one. http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merch...&Category_Code=

    Off Road Only has the "U-Turn" set up: http://www.offroadonly.com/products/new/u-turn/


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    I will go with the others on 'you bent something;...you did. That is the bad news. Good news is no big deal as you can straighten it out as best you can, get it home and find a shop or buddy with a press and then straighten it some more. When that is said and done set you toe as mentioned by HillBillE to - 1/8" and drive it. Bottom line is being bent is NOT a killer. It does weaken you rod a bit but drive it till it bends again.

    My tie rod is bent and has been for years and I have managed to drive a good 25k miles on it with no tire issues or alignment problems.
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