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post #1 of 19 Old 01-19-2020, 09:48 AM Thread Starter
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Question regarding tie rods

I just purchased a 99 Jeep Wrangler Sport and was wanting to replace the tie rod ends. I was wondering if I should just purchase a kit like the one from Rough Country or just keep the stock tie rod and replace the ends. This vehicle is basically my daily driver as well and ill be doing moderate wheeling on it. It has a 4in rough country lift on it and everything else is basically stock. Let me know what yall would do.

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Upgrading the skinny, hollow stock tie rod is always a good idea. I've been using Detroit Axle tie rod ends, ball joints and hub assembly/wheel bearings with really good results.

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Upgrading the skinny, hollow stock tie rod is always a good idea. I've been using Detroit Axle tie rod ends, ball joints and hub assembly/wheel bearings with really good results.
Thanks for your input. That looks like a really good option.

How is the stock tie rod holding up? How long have you had those parts on your jeep? That kit is actually quite cheap for all the parts that it has. My main concern was the stock tie rod with 33" tires on it. I lifted the jeep up yesterday and the ball joints seem fine but since it comes with the kit i would replace them as well. Now the tie rod ends are completely shot and need replacing.
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I probably have 10,000 miles on those parts. I drive my Jeeps a LOT. It might just be the angle, but the 4th pic looks like a gap in the passenger side ball joint. Also, check the upper control arm axle side bushings (pic #3/pressed in ones). The rubber on mine started to disintegrate and shred off.
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I probably have 10,000 miles on those parts. I drive my Jeeps a LOT. It might just be the angle, but the 4th pic looks like a gap in the passenger side ball joint. Also, check the upper control arm axle side bushings (pic #3/pressed in ones). The rubber on mine started to disintegrate and shred off.
Well since that kit comes with those ball joints ill replace them and let you know how it works for me. Yeah thanos snapped most of these bushings out of existence ill replace them shortly after i finish installing this kit and some new rotors / break pads.
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I probably have 10,000 miles on those parts. I drive my Jeeps a LOT. It might just be the angle, but the 4th pic looks like a gap in the passenger side ball joint. Also, check the upper control arm axle side bushings (pic #3/pressed in ones). The rubber on mine started to disintegrate and shred off.
Take another look at the second pic. Looks like there'd be a matching gap there if the rubber hadn't dropped.
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after i finish installing this kit and some new rotors / brake pads.
Make sure you get the correct rotors too. Two different sizes were used in 99'.
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4th pic down...axle shaft ujoint cap is broken. That would be my first priority and then check on those balljoints while it's all apart.
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4th pic down...axle shaft ujoint cap is broken. That would be my first priority and then check on those balljoints while it's all apart.
Minor cosmetic inconvenience for now. I'm sure the axle U-joint needle bearings are dust and need to be replaced too.
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Make sure you get the correct rotors too. Two different sizes were used in 99'.
Thanks for the heads up. I'll need to do a bit of research to see what rotors I need.

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Minor cosmetic inconvenience for now. I'm sure the axle U-joint needle bearings are dust and need to be replaced too.
I wanted to replace the rotors / pad because when I would put some pressure on the breaks pedal I would feel a bit of shake (feels like if the rotos had a warp and break pads wobbled a bit) . I took both tires off and looked at the rotors pads and don't look to bad. Yes the pads need to be replaced soon enough but no hurry. Now i'm wondering if the ujoint is the cause of that shake. What do you yall think? If that's the case ill replace those and get my rotors measured to see if they still have life in them and change the front differential fluid since none of these parts have ever had any maintenance.

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I wanted to replace the rotors / pad because when I would put some pressure on the breaks pedal I would feel a bit of shake (feels like if the rotos had a warp and break pads wobbled a bit) . I took both tires off and looked at the rotors pads and don't look to bad. Yes the pads need to be replaced soon enough but no hurry. Now i'm wondering if the ujoint is the cause of that shake. What do you yall think? If that's the case ill replace those and get my rotors measured to see if they still have life in them and change the front differential fluid since none of these parts have ever had any maintenance.

By the way thanks a lot for all of your help I really appreciate it and I remembered how great this community was and that's one of the reasons I purchased one again! I tried login in to my old account but could not figure out what email / password I used. So I a made a new forum account lol
Jack up your Jeep, grab the tire top and bottom and try to shake it to see if you feel any movement, back and forth. If so, your wheel bearings are bad. When I did the ball joints and tie rod ends, I replaced the wheel bearings/hub assembly and axle u-joints too. That way I didn't have to take things apart again if anything else went bad. My axle u-joints were binding up while turning when they went bad. It felt almost like it was in 4wd when turning tight. On my 03' Sahara they felt fine, until I took them apart and the needle bearing were just dust.

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Jack up your Jeep, grab the tire top and bottom and try to shake it to see if you feel any movement, back and forth. If so, your wheel bearings are bad. When I did the ball joints and tie rod ends, I replaced the wheel bearings/hub assembly and axle u-joints too. That way I didn't have to take things apart again if anything else went bad. My axle u-joints were binding up while turning when they went bad. It felt almost like it was in 4wd when turning tight. On my 03' Sahara they felt fine, until I took them apart and the needle bearing were just dust.
No movement up / down there is some movement left and right. I ordered that kit and ujoints. Ill let y'all know what happens after they are installed
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I just purchased a 99 Jeep Wrangler Sport and was wanting to replace the tie rod ends. I was wondering if I should just purchase a kit like the one from Rough Country or just keep the stock tie rod and replace the ends. This vehicle is basically my daily driver as well and ill be doing moderate wheeling on it. It has a 4in rough country lift on it and everything else is basically stock. Let me know what yall would do.
Get the tire rod ends and sleeve designed for the V8 grand Cherokee.

My kid has a rough country setup in his XJ, it is strong as heel but the design is different and you need to do some modifications. You feel every bump in the road and it feels like it is constantly pilling you tis way and that way.

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