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post #1 of 3 Old 07-12-2020, 09:44 AM Thread Starter
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Drag link advise, please help me out.

Hey everyone,

I bought my first Jeep a couple of weeks ago, a '97 5.2 ZJ and I haven't driven it yet because at the moment it's at the mechanic who going to do some new painting and repairs. I just bought some engine parts to make it "new" again. It's completely stock now but I ordered a 3 inch lift kit with 31 inch tires and spacers which are underway...
My local mechanic advised me to buy a new drag link, and tie rod.

My question is (maybe a dumb question but I'm completely new to this); do I have to keep in mind that I have to buy a "special" drag link and tie rod which are suitable with a 3 inch lift or can I just buy a common drag link for my Jeep?
I don't want to order parts who don't fit of course
Please help me out. I appreciate your advices.

Cheers,

Mark


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post #2 of 3 Old 07-12-2020, 11:14 AM
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Are your draglink/ TREs worn, or why is your mechanic suggesting replacing them? Stock steering linkage parts work with a 3" lift, if current ones are worn and need replacing, make sure the parts ordered are for a V8. I6 and V8 linkage is the same with the exception of the V8 parts being beefier.

That being said, you need to do something about the front & rear trackbars at 3" lift height. Do NOT - and I mean NEVER - use trackbar relocation brackets, all they do is cause extra stress on the trackbar bracket which will eventually fail.
Which lift kit did you buy>? Most kits up to 4" do not include adjustable front & rear trackbars in them, you need to buy them separately.
Front axle tracbar bracket can be redrilled to align the front axle sideways, but a heavier- duty adjustable trackbar is the preferred choice.
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Are your draglink/ TREs worn, or why is your mechanic suggesting replacing them? Stock steering linkage parts work with a 3" lift, if current ones are worn and need replacing, make sure the parts ordered are for a V8. I6 and V8 linkage is the same with the exception of the V8 parts being beefier.

That being said, you need to do something about the front & rear trackbars at 3" lift height. Do NOT - and I mean NEVER - use trackbar relocation brackets, all they do is cause extra stress on the trackbar bracket which will eventually fail.
Which lift kit did you buy>? Most kits up to 4" do not include adjustable front & rear trackbars in them, you need to buy them separately.
Front axle tracbar bracket can be redrilled to align the front axle sideways, but a heavier- duty adjustable trackbar is the preferred choice.
Thanks for the tip Timo!
Appreciate your advise 👍 I ordered an heavy duty adjustable drag link and a tie rod. I only have to order a trackbar yet..
My current steering parts are a bit worn yes, can't wait to see the new ones under my ZJ😄 I bought the 3 inch lift kit from rugged ridge but I won't go off road that much to be honest.
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