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bluseman2a 07-05-2001 02:07 PM

CJ Steering question
OK, so I've read a couple of folks flipping the tie rod and drab links up on top of the steering knuckles.

I'm considering this, and was wondering what kind of gotchas are involved. It LOOKS simple enough. The only concern is that the clearance between the rod-end and the edge of the rim (I'm currently running 15X8's with unknown backspacing).

Any thoughts?

'83 CJ-7 nothing original but the tub and axle tubes

Pigpen 07-05-2001 02:48 PM

Re: CJ Steering question
Don't forget that the tierod bolt is coned and when you flip them you will need to have the knuckle holes reamed out and use larger tie rod end bolts.

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**DONOTDELETE** 07-05-2001 03:27 PM

Re: CJ Steering question
Pigpen's right. I reemed the holes, tapered from the top and used Chevy 1/2ton
truck ends. No problem clearing my 15 X 8 wheels.


bluseman2a 07-05-2001 03:51 PM

Re: CJ Steering question
Hey Gary, thanks for the recommendation on the Chevy ends. Knowing the at the morons at the parts counters won't understand what I'm talking about when I ask for these things, could you give me a year/model/engine combo that might spark their imaginations?

Also when you say "tapered from the top" what did you do to accomplish this?

Thanks in advance.

'83 CJ-7 nothing original but the tub and axle tubes

CJ money pit 07-05-2001 06:11 PM

Re: CJ Steering question
I run the large TRE on both my TR and my draglink. Application is 85 Chevy blaxer 4x4; part number is ES2234R. For the other side I am using a dodge TRE; it is same size (7/8" shank) and has left hand threads; I think the left hand side chevy might have something funky going on but am not sure about that. I am using rods from, and went with their recommendations for the TRE's. Part number for the left one was ES2010L; 78 Dodge PU w/ 3/4ton front axle.

You'll need a tapered reamer to retaper your knuckles from the top to the bottom. I've heard Snap-on sells one for around $40 that will work for a few trucks before it wears out.


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