Hey guys, just thought I'd share a quick tip that I had to do that other day. I bent the crap out of my stock XJ tie rod will messing around on a few trails. There are 2 things you can try:
1. First is to loosen the bar and rotate it so the bend is going downwards. Use a bottle jack and try to jack it up. Lifting your driver side tire may help. This will get is close, but you'll still need to replace it. It'll get you home, which is the important part.
2. This is a good trick I though of in my sleep, like one of those I "see the light" moments. Use the handle from your hilift jack. You take off your tie rod and one end. Slide the a steel pole or a hi lift jack handle down the tie rod. If its gets stuck, the pick it up and slam it down on something hard, like a rock or something. Once its on, put the tie rod end back on and your in business.
In either case, you will mess up your alignment and your tie rod should be replaced as soon as possible. I was driving for like a month using a steel pole to hole the tie rod straight. I even wheeled with it.
but it still held. I have since upgraded to a ZJ tie rod, which is much stronger then the junk hollow XJ rods. Hope this helps one of you some day