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post #1 of 8 Old 04-12-2019, 09:20 AM Thread Starter
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Purpose of this tie rod "handle"?

Anyone know the reason for this handle thing in the red ellipse?


Trying to do my steering alignment and it's in the way... is it actually needed?


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When I've crawled under my jeep to hammer on ball joints for changes and the like, I recall that the fork or rod is positioned so that rocks and road debris don't smash up your threads or screw up your alignment nuts.



There could be a more specific reason, but that was my offhand observation I suspect a lot more intelligent folks that do this for a living can either confirm or refute my hypothesis
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It appears to be there to keep the adjuster sleeve from turning on it's own since it rides in the groove.
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It fits too well in the adjustment sleeve. It might serve a dual purpose but I always assumed it was a safety feature to ensure the tie rod doesn't loosen.

Makes it really hard to adjust the tie rod so I cut it off and made sure the nuts were tight.
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Makes it really hard to adjust the tie rod so I cut it off and made sure the nuts were tight.
Yeah, there's no grooving/threading so it just seems superfluous. Riding in the groove of the adjusting sleeve is what I thought too... but it doesn't REALLY fit in the groove. So long as the adjusting sleeve nuts are tight things should be good.
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It is to help keep the tie rod adjuster from turning. All you have to do is remove the bolt that holds it down and it will slide out of the way. There is a slot in the tie rod that the bolt passes through so you have to line it up when reinstalling. This is the first rig I have seen them on but I kept mine as it was put there for a purpose.
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It is a convenience/safety feature as mentioned ^^^^
I’m unclear how that it’s in the way?

Imho I wouldn’t remove it. While admittedly it’s nowhere near as “serious” I wouldn’t remove it any sooner than I’d remove my pitman arm nut or any of the cotter pins in the tie rod ends.
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[size=“3”]Shackles & D-rings are different things.
Cranking IS turning over
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I've always considered it a keeper, like any cotter pin or safety wire. I believe this assembly has right and left hand threads, so turning the adjuster sleeve makes a fast adjustment of toe-in. Having that turn unintentionally would not be a good thing.

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