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Will removing tie rod for painting require me to align it again once it's put back in

title, I did not rotate the adjusting sleeve at all, just took off castle bolts, hammered out with rubber mallet, painted, put back in.

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It shouldn't make a difference, I'd assume as long as everything is the same length that it wouldn't affect the alignment...but don't quote me on it

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If you mark the exact location of the tie rod ends, you might be okay. If your unsure at all once you reinstall them, itd be good to get one done.

I think there are some DIY alignment threads kicking around, and since you have a good baseline you can take measurements before you yank them out.
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Not really. Before you take the tie rod out, either measure or count the exposed threads. If you keep it the same, you should be really darn close to where it was.

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You should be fine. You can check and adjust the alighnment yourself in 15 minutes. Do a search on the subject here.

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I think you should be ok.
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Ok, thank you for the replies but I don't think I was clear. I have the ZJ tie road and removed it as a whole piece from my Jeep from end to end. I did not disassemble the tie rod, adjusting sleeve, other tie rod end. I left them intact and in place with the adjusting sleeve, I did not screw/unscrew it at all. I was just wondering if there was anyway other than that that would throw it off.
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It will tighten back up exactly where you took it off. The holes are not slotted so it will be fine.

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Disco'd your ZJ tie-rod from the driverside wheel to the draglink? If so then I am in total understanding.

I have the ZJ rod as well...I painted it on the jeep, but had I taken it off I wouldn't think it would throw off your alignment as long as you don't adjust the sleeve at all.

But just to be safe, I would measure your toe-in upon reinstallation just to be safe.

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Not to thread jack.... but what's the bennifit of running a ZJ tie-rod?
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Not to thread jack.... but what's the bennifit of running a ZJ tie-rod?
the thickness of the tie-rod...I don't have the measurements on hand and I am too lazy to look them up.


But the TJ tie-rod is thin and weak, and likes to bend under very little stress. The ZJ tie-rod is much beefier and stronger

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TJ tie rod is thin and hollow, ZJ tie rod is thicker and solid:

http://www.stu-offroad.com/steering/zjtie/tierod-1.htm


and $12.80 for me from local U-PullIt
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Why remove it to paint it?...

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If you remove the entire tie rod assembly at the ball joints and leave the TRE's attached to the tie rod then your toe shouldn't be effected. It will only be effected if you rotate the adjustor sleeve.
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