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Unread 03-02-2013, 11:59 PM   #1
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Tie Rods.. Safety?

Hey guys,

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?

Peter

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Unread 03-03-2013, 12:22 AM   #2
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If its that worn out drill it out and install new bushings. Goferit offroad has them to flip the tie rod but can be used either way.
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Hey guys,

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?

Peter
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.
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Unread 03-03-2013, 09:20 PM   #4
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I found out when I went to put the new tie rods in.. But thank you for the suggestion and link! That's a lot better than getting new steering knuckles and repeat all the work I just did putting in ball joints!

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Unread 03-03-2013, 09:28 PM   #5
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You're sure you got the correct tie-rod ends? How well did the old ones fit in the tapered holes?
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Unread 03-03-2013, 09:53 PM   #6
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I'm almost positive they're the correct tie rods, but I will check how the old ones fit tomorrow.

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