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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:12 AM   #1
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Bent TIE ROD? Need alignment should I replace it?



I got a great offer from a collision shop in my small town, the guy has been doing alignments for like 30 years and said he would get it done for only $40.00 full front end alignment.

The problem is I noticed after hitting a median and blowing out my driver side front tire, i think my tie rod is bent, anyone else think so?

Looks bent upwards, and I think to be safe ill buy an omix-ada $50 kit from amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...A28ZBFJANCZVEZ

If its not bad enough or w/e maybe i can get it aligned without worrying about that?

I'm balancing my decision of 1:
Purchasing 2 new lower control arms
Tie Rod kit linked above (rod & ends)
stock coil springs
total cost: $240

OR

Getting an alignment for $40 and waiting on the springs / lower control arms..

What do you guys think?

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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:26 AM   #2
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I think that if you are driving down the road, and a damaged part breaks loose causing a crash, you will wish you had fixed it correctly with good quality parts.
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Unread 08-14-2013, 11:59 AM   #3
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I think that if you are driving down the road, and a damaged part breaks loose causing a crash, you will wish you had fixed it correctly with good quality parts.
Yea I've pulled the trigger on buying the new parts instead of using old bent parts. The actual tie rod itself is bent for sure. I just put a straight yard stick over it and its bent upwards...

Also Omix-Ada is a good company and I've used lots of their parts including leaf shackles (0" lift), axle bump stops, Pitman arm, u joint and so far all of them parts are holding up strong.

Thanks for the input.
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I disagree about the quality of OmixAda and Crown Automotive parts, but I think you have wisely chosen to invest in new replacements rather trying to make due with damaged parts.
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I disagree about the quality of OmixAda and Crown Automotive parts, but I think you have wisely chosen to invest in new replacements rather trying to make due with damaged parts.
I'm buying these parts as this jeeps my daily driver, not lifted or anything.. Just stock suspension parts for street driving and minute offroading. No heavy wheeling or climbing rocks lol.

It'll do for now, and when I do decide to go wheeling and one of the parts breaks ill replace it with something heavy duty. Any recommendations on quality parts company brand to buy from?
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RockAuto.com has many quality brands of parts to choose from. NAPA also has good parts.

All the parts I have bought from OmixAda and Crown Automotive have been of lesser quality than genuine Jeep parts, and have not fit as well, or lasted as long. YMMV.
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