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Unread 08-06-2009, 08:03 PM   #1
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Driving with bent tie rod?

ok, retarded question, but how bad is driving with a bent tie rod, i'll get pics up soon, but as stated i bent my tie rod and need to drive to Denver (about 100 miles) how bad would it be to do this round trip, i figure it will contribute to uneven tire ware atleast

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Unread 08-06-2009, 08:16 PM   #2
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It depends on how bad it is. If it's a slight bend, I'd say check it after ~25 miles or so and make sure the tires are still OK. If it's got a kink in it, definately swap it out. Last thing you want is for the tire to wear through and cause a blowout, I've seen it too many times at work...
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Unread 08-06-2009, 09:38 PM   #3
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It depends on how bad it is.
x2...Mines been slightly bent for ~ 3 years. Theres enough adjustment during an alignment to get everything in spec.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 12:03 PM   #4
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few pics, i'd call it more of a slight bend rather than a kink, compared to other pics i was able to find






Maybe try the bottle jack trick?
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Mine was probably slightly less bent than that and I had no idea. I probably drove close to 1000 miles with it like that. Tires seemed to be fine. I ended up upgrading to Kevins HD tie rod.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 01:08 PM   #6
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ya, i plan on going with kevins, just waiting for pay day
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Unread 08-07-2009, 02:40 PM   #7
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Take it off and bend it back

I bent mine on the trail a few weeks ago, Had about 1.5" toe in....

so I took it off over lunch and stuck the end in my hitch and sat on it to bend it back.

put it back in and re-aligned... maybe 30 minutes.
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I've seen smaller amounts of bend destroy stock tie rod ends over the course of a few years. It can be bad enough to have 20* of play in the wheel at 70mph.
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Unread 08-07-2009, 04:49 PM   #9
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its only been like this for maybe 2 weeks, and the jeep has only been around town and offroad, i plan on replacing it some time shortly after the trip, i'm going to try to straiten it for now
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Unread 08-07-2009, 07:19 PM   #10
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You'll be fine, mine looked like a pretzel when I did a 400 mile trip with no probs. The tires arent going to die after a couple hundred miles with poor toe-in.

I had the JKS one but it was such a pain to adjust I put a stock one back on. I bought a new one from autozone for $35 I think? The old one serves as a awesome breaker bar !
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