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post #1 of 6 Old 09-07-2014, 06:37 PM Thread Starter
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Tie rod/drag link ends rubbing wheel

So I just got back into Jeeping via my grandparents giving me their 1995 ZJ Orvis Edition. I've been frantically working on it and getting it back into clean condition. It had been sitting for about three years. Before they stopped driving it due to them both simply not being able to drive any longer, it began the death wobble. One of their friends came and replaced the tie rod ends and it was pretty much never driven again. I had not experienced any death wobble until I was driving to the tire shop the other day. I took a sharp turn a little too fast. So I've been trying to diagnose the issue and I think I finally found it: the tie rod and drag link ends are rubbing the inside of the wheel (photos below, notice the indentations/grooves in the wheel). I gave all the previous detail because I want to emphasize that this is all OEM equipment. It has stock 15 inch rims, stock suspension (other than the tie rod end replacements), etc.

The tie rod and drag link bars have quite a bit of rotation to them, but even when I rotate them as far away from the wheel as I can, there's still very little spacing. Since this was happening before the tie rod end replacement, I have no idea what this could be. I was hoping for some help. Thanks guys and gals.







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post #2 of 6 Old 09-08-2014, 07:46 AM
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Wheel bearings?
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post #3 of 6 Old 09-08-2014, 09:42 AM
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I would say wheel bearings or ball joints are bad making it move that much

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post #4 of 6 Old 09-08-2014, 09:55 AM Thread Starter
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Hmm. I certainly didn't think about the wheel bearing cause it. Could someone explain the basics of what would be going wrong there? I have considered the ball joints being bad and will check those out today. I'll post a video later this evening of the play I have in the tie rod and drag link. I'm just totally stumped on what to do with this thing.
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post #5 of 6 Old 09-08-2014, 10:03 AM
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If the wheel bearing has a lot of slop, then it will let the wheel walk in and out and rub the tie rods on either side or your trac bar could be wore out causing things to move around also. I would get somebody to turn the wheel full lock to full lock while you are under it and see what is moving/loose.

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post #6 of 6 Old 09-08-2014, 11:29 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I checked the trac bar yesterday and it is solid. I did the full lock to full lock the other day with my Dad but I'll get down there and look again. Thanks for the responses so far, appreciate any ideas.
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