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Unread 04-22-2010, 09:30 AM   #1
MrsVanWhowho
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Loose Drag Link?

Any idea what would cause the drag link to become loose when the bolts are still tight? If you grab the drag link like your grabbing a bar with both hands it will rotate forward and back - like your cranking the gas on a motorcycle.

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Unread 04-22-2010, 10:54 AM   #2
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That is normal.
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Unread 04-22-2010, 01:38 PM   #3
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That is normal.
Yes and no.

Due to the tie rod ends, you should be able to rotate the bar by hand, but it should take substantial effort and not want to turn very far. If it turns very easily, and/or rotates very far easily, the tre's are getting worn.
On most vehicles that's no big deal, but on a TJ it can make a big difference.
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Yes and no.

Due to the tie rod ends, you should be able to rotate the bar by hand, but it should take substantial effort and not want to turn very far. If it turns very easily, and/or rotates very far easily, the tre's are getting worn.
On most vehicles that's no big deal, but on a TJ it can make a big difference.
It turns a lot and very easily.

The TJ is making a clunking noise during acceleration and deceleration. That's the only thing that is loose under there that may be linked to the clunking noise.

Also, if I had the money, I would buy your Jeep in a second. You have done a great job with it. Very well put together.
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