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Unread 02-06-2012, 04:02 PM   #1
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Is this normal?

The name of this bar escapes my mind at the moment. But should it look like this?





Also I want to get the rotors refinished and possibly replace the upper ball joint on the passenger side due to the tear in the boot, or can I just glue it back together? I searched on how to remove the caliper and theres a small clip thing I need to tap out? Do I also need to remove the locking hubs?




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Unread 02-06-2012, 04:18 PM   #2
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What year is your CJ?

Not normal. I just did both of these replacements. The first is your tie rod ends, which you can either replace individually or just replace the whole darn thing if you can't get them out of your tie rod like me.

My recent thread

I picked up a kit from Oconee Off-Road along with the rest of the steering linkage off of eBay for under $100:
Knuckle to knuckle
Pitman arm to knuckle

The parts seem as beefy as the originals, but I've only put about 20 miles on them.

You can buy polyurethane boots, but honestly as old as yours are, I'd just replace the whole darn thing like I did. Don't forget you'll need to realign, which I did at home with a long board and a marker.

As far as calipers, you can buy remanufactured ones for about $18 a piece. There are some variances in year and models, though, so make sure you're getting the right ones. One caliper I bought had a 1/16" ring where the hose fitting mounted that didn't allow a proper seal, and my brake fluid leaked all over the garage. Went back and ordered one that had a flat mating surface (actually had shallow concentric rings that allow a good seal with the copper rings they give you), and put it in, bled my brakes, and am now back on the road.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 04:27 PM   #3
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More info: there is a small clip at the base of the caliper that you'll have to hammer out with a punch. I used a flat head junk screwdriver as a punch. Looking at your picture, yours are mounted differently than mine and the clip is at the top - it has the allen head retaining screw keeping it from moving L -> R. There is a flat spring in there and that piece with two "U's" that will come out, allowing your caliper to slide off.

And rotors are about $30 a piece to replace.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 04:43 PM   #4
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What do I need? Just new tie rod ends or bushings? Its a '77 CJ5.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 05:18 PM   #5
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If it were me, I replace at least the tie rod ends, that is if you can get them out of the rod. Mine were rusted solid in there and I had to buy the kit I mentioned.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 05:33 PM   #6
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I found the entire rod is bent front when my uncle dropped it on my foot yesterday. I'm going to swap the entire thing out for the one in the old axle.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 05:36 PM   #7
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Your castle nuts on the tie rod ends are missing the safety pins in them, make sure to replace those too.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 05:54 PM   #8
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Danger Will Robison Danger!!!!! You are looking at changing out all the tie rod ends.Do it now or need to do it when you break one somewhere you are not a good place.
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Unread 02-06-2012, 06:52 PM   #9
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Your castle nuts on the tie rod ends are missing the safety pins in them, make sure to replace those too.
The CJ isnt going anywhere for a few months. I'm going to order new dust boots all around. I saw the pins missing but didnt plan to put them in since I'm replacing the rod.

The old.



The new but old and working.
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