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taylor797 07-08-2013 01:33 PM

Home Built Tie Rod Question
 
The passenger side tie rod end on my jeep is gone and I realize that the joint is part of the entire tie rod so I'd have to replace the entire tie rod. Advance sells the Moog tie rod for $160 but the left hand side threaded tie rod end is only $40. Is there any reason why I cannot cut off the old end and cut the threaded portion off a new driver side end and have it properly welded on? I have a cousin thats a certified welder. I notice they are welded from the factory. I'd still have the adjustment for the tie rod on the driver side threaded end.

Thank you!

jbolty 07-08-2013 01:42 PM

If you are going to do that just make a new setup from dom tube. You can buy the threaded ends from ruffstuff and lots of other places.

taylor797 07-08-2013 01:59 PM

I was thinking of doing that, would it be worth it if I'm just going to use stock TREs? I don't feel like I need to upgrade to 1 tons

taylor797 07-08-2013 07:24 PM

Has anyone ever tried this?

timatoe 07-08-2013 10:40 PM

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Originally Posted by taylor797 (Post 15655992)
Has anyone ever tried this?

I did something somewhat similar with the draglink. I needed a longer draglink, I got one from a XJ which is quite a bit longer, cut it in half but welded it then sleeved it. For the tie rod, I simply got everything from Ruff Stuff and upgraded for well under $200.

taylor797 07-09-2013 10:40 PM

I ordered the full 7/8 heim steering kit from ruffstuff. Thanks guys!

JeeperDon 07-10-2013 08:15 AM

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Originally Posted by taylor797 (Post 15660746)
I ordered the full 7/8 heim steering kit from ruffstuff. Thanks guys!

I'm not sure if that's the same kit I got from them. I had to drill out the knuckle taper holes to straight 3/4". If you don't have a drill and bits that large, I bought a set from Harbor Freight that worked well, was an easy job. :cheers2:

taylor797 07-10-2013 08:20 AM

Great to hear! I'll have to find a 3/4 bit but if I can't Harbor Freight sounds good

rambo3489 07-10-2013 08:21 AM

You will have to drill them out. You can buy a tapered insert but that to me is useless if your doing heim joints. Either way. Good call on the heim joints. Thats what I did. Its Heavy duty. Make sure you get safety washers. So you don't have a single shear situation.

rambo3489 07-10-2013 08:23 AM

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Originally Posted by taylor797 (Post 15661511)
Great to hear! I'll have to find a 3/4 bit but if I can't Harbor Freight sounds good

Use a vari bit (step bit) that goes to 3/4". Trust me here. It will mill the knuckle rather than **** it up because it twists and gouges the hole. Cast is soft

taylor797 07-10-2013 09:24 AM

Thanks for the info on the step bit, I have a good one that should work perfect. I'll post pics of the steering when its on

TSEJEEPERS 07-10-2013 09:44 AM

Are you planning on keeping the tie rod and drag link tube?
If not are you planning on changing your steering to crossover steering?
Reason I ask is with the stock inverted y set up the drag link mounts to the tie rod.
With the stock rod it is a solid rod (at the passenger side) and even if you are able to weld a insert to the rod there will be no adjustment and not much thread contact.
If you go to tubing there will no be a place to mount your drag link unless you change it to cross over steering.

taylor797 07-10-2013 03:04 PM

I'll be mounting the drag link on top of the knuckle the same way I've seen them do on the other steering set ups such as this: http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/7...ering-1321063/

Is this called crossover?

rambo3489 07-10-2013 03:24 PM

Yup. One type of it. The inverted Y is how it comes stock with the draglink attaching to the passenger side tie rod rend.

taylor797 07-10-2013 10:00 PM

It's my DD and I've been reading good and bad reviews for road use. I already ordered so its too late but what do you guys think off the heim steering on road?


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