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Unread 07-12-2011, 05:15 PM   #1
badkelly
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how much of the tie rod linkage to replace?

i'm back with a 97 grand cherokee for the wife (dave ramsey car). long story short, i'm going to redo the front steering on it. i've done other makes (like camaros) but never a jeep. how much to replace on it? it pulls a little to the left and i'm going to do shocks and sway bars in the future for better handling, but i wanted to renew the front end now before the alignment. i figured:

tie rod ball joints,tie rod ends, steering damper, and drag link.

is this too much or not enough or is there something else i should consider while i'm in the immediate area?



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Unread 07-12-2011, 06:00 PM   #2
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Track bar, and control arm bushings (upper and lowers) would be well worth replacing. Also the steering stabilizer if it looks shoddy.
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Unread 07-12-2011, 06:34 PM   #3
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does the pitman arm have a soft end on it? also, the whole track bar or just the bushings?


edit: also, i haven't pulled a wheel off yet.....are the main ball joints riveted in or are they bolted from the factory?
edit2: nevermind, the manual says they are pressed in. guess i'll have the shop do that with the alignment
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Unread 07-12-2011, 08:34 PM   #4
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If I recall correctly, the pitman arm just has a hole in it where the tie rod end connects.

Replace the whole track bar, save yourself the time, effort and knuckles of trying to press new bushings in.

re: edit 2: Borrow a ball joint press from a parts store. Auto Zone has like a $100 deposit for it, but you get it back when you return it. Makes easy work of the ball joints, and you can do each side in about an hour.
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