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Unread 09-07-2012, 01:32 PM   #1
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New Steering Parts or Just New Bushings?

When I bought my Jeep I noticed that in order to go straight you had to hold the steering wheel almost at a 45* angle. The dealer said that this was due to the rear bushings. So, I bought the Jeep and took it to a local mechanic and told him to check out the rear bushings and replace what needed to be replaced.

He came back into the waiting room and brought me out to my Jeep on the lift. He showed me that the tie rod and track bar would swing back and forth, and said that's the problem. He then printed me out a quote saying I needed the following to fix it:

Tie Rod 30.83"
Tie Rod 35.34"
Tie Rod @ Axle
Tie Rod @ Pitman Arm
Adjusting Sleeves
Track Bar

With labor this all came out to $894.73, but I haven't had it fixed yet.

I got back under the Jeep today and checked things out. Nothing looks cracked or broken, but the bushings are completely shot to ****.

Here's my question: Judging from the pictures below, do you think I need new parts or just new bushings? Are these bushings press-fit into the components?











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Unread 09-07-2012, 01:55 PM   #2
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Bushings for the sway bar endlinks. With the tie rod ends there is supposed to be rotational movement front to back but if they move up and down, side to side, and rattle then they are shot. You can put new grease covers on them if they are still good.
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I don't think that we can really tell too much from those photos.
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I don't think that we can really tell too much from those photos.
Yeah, sorry, I didn't really know what I needed to be taking photos of so I sort of did a smorgasbord. I can take others that may be more helpful.

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Bushings for the sway bar endlinks. With the tie rod ends there is supposed to be rotational movement front to back but if they move up and down, side to side, and rattle then they are shot. You can put new grease covers on them if they are still good.
Thanks, Polka. I'll jack it up and see how the movement is... maybe I should order new ones anyway.
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Unread 09-07-2012, 05:38 PM   #5
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I'm going to try to hit everything at once and order:

Heavy Duty Steering Kit (had to email morris 4x4 and ask what all is included)
Skyjacker Steering Stabalizer
Tie Rod End Boots
Front Track Bar
Rear Sway Bar Bushings
Performance Front Sway Bar Link Kit
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Unread 09-07-2012, 05:42 PM   #6
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I'm going to try to hit everything at once and order:

Heavy Duty Steering Kit (had to email morris 4x4 and ask what all is included)
Skyjacker Steering Stabalizer
Tie Rod End Boots
Front Track Bar
Rear Sway Bar Bushings
Performance Front Sway Bar Link Kit
I would consider other options before you spend money on that. Like over the knuckle steering, ect. Skyjacker is very low end imo.
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Unread 09-07-2012, 07:04 PM   #7
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Sounds to me like you need an alignment.
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