Originally Posted by jeep714
After getting new tie rods in my '81 CJ7, it seems that the steering knuckles are pretty worn out.. The tie rods go in further than they should, so the crown nut lies a little underneath the hole for a cotter pin.. I put in a couple washers as spacers on each tie rod end, but I'm not sure how safe that is.. I'm no driving it now due to other things anyway.. What's your opinions on all this?
Did you find this out with the old tie rod ends? If so, see if new ones fit better.
If they don't (or you've already got new ends installed), then Goferit inserts will do the trick.
Flipping the tie rod and drag link to the top of the knuckle would be a good upgrade if you're suspension is spring-under and you do the insert.
Vibration? Bump steer? Wandering? Read: Steering, suspension, and driveline basics. An article on how it works and where to look for problems.
83 CJ7, 4.1L 6cyl (4.0L bored .030" over), 35" tires, T-5 transmission, Dana 300 TC, Trussed AMC 20.