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post #1 of 10 Old 08-01-2011, 07:19 PM Thread Starter
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tie rod question

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Just went over the new lift. I tightened all bolts and torqued the tie rod down to 130ft lbs. one thing i noticed is that i can take the tie rod and move it? or should i say twist it up and down. It is moving in the ball joints. jeep has just under 14,000 miles.

Is this normal?

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post #2 of 10 Old 08-01-2011, 07:45 PM
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Most people say as long as it does nit move side to side it is fine. A few years ago my steering was sloppy as a whore. Everyone told me my tie rod was fine despite it being so bad that a sneeze would cause it to flip. I replaced it with a chromoly unit from Polyperformance and it is infinitely better.

JK's have notoriously crappy ball joints, tie rods, and stuff like that.

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Prot, how long has it been since you replaced your tie rod and is it still tight or is it starting on the way to sloppiness. I need to address mine soon because itís bugging the heck out of me.
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I've got a 2010 Islander (Unlimited) with 30k km (18K miles), and my tie rod I can move around with 2 fingers( rotating it). Was told by dealership it is normal, they can change it, will be stiffer for a bit, but will be the same in no time. They did change the stearing stabilizer (they call damper)....I didn't feel that part to be an issue, and has made no difference in the stearing to me. still gives the clunks and clangs every so often in front.

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I am glad you torqued the tie rod down, but did you torque the track bar as well?

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It is still tight. I think it's been about 2.5 years. I was so impressed with the product that afterwards I bought a high steer kit from Polyperformance which further enhanced my steering and gave me parallel geometry.

Both items are money well spent on a lifted Jeep due to the craptastic nature of the original parts.

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I am glad you torqued the tie rod down, but did you torque the track bar as well?
yes. that has not loosened up at all, since the install.

guess the ball joints are the way they are?
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Mine have gotten to the point where if I twist it up it swings down under it's own weight. I'm waiting on my new Rock Krawler tie bar to show.

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It is still tight. I think it's been about 2.5 years...
Thanks. Now I know what to get when the time comes. I was hesitant to replace mine thinking that in a few months it would just go back to being sloppy like the factory one.
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New tie rod also fixed my wobble issue. Im very pleased with the poly performance tie rod as well, already bent it up a little but it was easy to address with the on the fly adjustment. VERY convenient for fixing the alignment after leaving the trail. Rock Krawlers was my first choice but the cost difference and shipping time was a factor so I went with polys (glad I did). I will know how well they hold up once the 37" iroks and hydro assist steering get installed in the coming weeks.

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