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RedRocker 06-24-2010 09:36 PM

If you wheel a WK...
Go to Carquest and buy an inner tie rod for your steering gear box. Part Number EV80782, $47. Put this in the back of your WK. You're most likely going to need one sooner or later.

At Grand Slam West 2007 I was driving Mopar Skunkworks' 05 CRD (euro spec) up the Moab Rim trail, this part broke (we had to call someone with a portable welder to fix the link).

Last year (2 years ago?) Will (fellow WKer) pretzeled one of his.

This month an attendee (Kevin) at GSW 2010 was wheeling after the event guessed it, he bent one of his links. This is what it looks like:
Unfortunately for Kevin and Will, Chrysler doesn't know (or maybe care) that MOOG makes a replacement link, so the dealer's service departments put an entire new steering gearbox (complete with new links) into their WKs, costing waaaayyyy more than it should have.

Here's a pic that shows the stock part (bent) and the replacment MOOG part (the left and right links are interchangeable, so you only need one trail spare):
As you can see, the replacement has a flat spot you can use a wrench on, but the stock part is round, so you'll need something with teeth (pipe wrench or large vice grip) to remove the stock part. You'll also probably need a tie rod end puller. If you're intimidated with all this - don't wheel alone and make sure you have this part with you - a fellow Jeeper will probably be able to help you replace the link.

mikskillz 06-25-2010 02:05 PM

Re: If you wheel a WK...
i'm goign to say this should be covered under warranty?

either way a warranty cant help you get out of a trail

mikskillz 06-25-2010 02:05 PM

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good info though - thx

RedRocker 06-25-2010 02:33 PM

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As a wheeler I'd be hesitant to ask for this to be covered under warranty. If I was running stock tires, sure. But with (much) larger tires than stock, I could see that contributing to the failure. And I think the failure happens after a lot of wheeling, not just from everyday driving.

(That and my Jeep is under double-secret probation regarding warranty - the DM has to approve any warranty work and I don't think he'd approve.)

NHWK05 06-26-2010 06:45 PM

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Id bring 2 just because my luck id bend both. Also, id pre install it then remove it so its close aligned once you install it on the trail.

When i had my XJ i used to keep a stock tie rod in the back until i had 1 ton steering installed. chevy 1 ton tie rod ends and 1.5" 1/4" wall tubing for the links. LOL

Black Betty 06-27-2010 03:25 AM

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^ Good night man that looks almost as combobulated as my old 91 Land Cruiser's linkage

RedRocker 06-27-2010 07:01 AM

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Originally Posted by NHWK05 (Post 227187)
Id bring 2 just because my luck id bend both. Also, id pre install it then remove it so its close aligned once you install it on the trail.

Trail alignment is actually pretty easy. Measure the distance between the front of the front tires and rear of the front tires. The front distance should be 1/8"-1/4" less than the rear distance. That'll be enough to get you to a real alignment shop.

mrtosh 08-11-2011 04:44 PM

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Hey Red rocker don't suppose you still have the pics handy do you? Don't appear to be showing up anymore.

NHWK05 08-18-2011 07:50 PM

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Ive done some searching for the old pics of your WK and your Mods with the Pintler wheels and i cant find them, all your pics are gone. WHERE ARE YOU? LOL

JeepCoop 08-25-2011 09:19 AM

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Great idea JIC (just in case) Now how hard is it to change on the trail?!

mrtosh 08-25-2011 11:32 AM

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It'd be pretty easy to change on the trail if need be. You'd just have to remove the bellow boot by the little compression clamp at the bottom, knocking the cv clamp loose on the big end of the boot, remove outer tie rod from spindle, loosen jam nut, remove outer tie rod end(count the amount of turns when removing end so you can reinstall it the same amount of turns), remove tie rod using either a pipe wrench or the tool I'll post a pic of down below. Install is reversal of removal the only thing you would need is a big zip tie to hold the big end of thw bellow boot to the rack.

Nice thing about this tool is you can remove and install the tie rod without removing the outer tie rod end if need be, and you only need a 3/8" extension and ratchet. I believe final torque on the inner tie rod is 70 ft. Lbs.

JeepCoop 08-25-2011 11:38 AM

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Now THAT was an answer! Thanks Tosh.0 (I'm sure you get that now?! haha) I need to get that stuff JIC. I wheel all the time and would hate to not be able to ride out. Been towed once, (97 F150 stuck to the frame in sic mud) and it cost waaaaaay too much! :thumbsup: Thanks maing!

Maybe you should do a "How To" :D

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