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Drop Pitman Arm Vs. Tie Rod Flip

Discussion in 'Early CJ-5 and CJ-6 Tech' started by Henri Watson, Feb 7, 2019.

  1. Feb 8, 2019
    Henri Watson

    Henri Watson Member

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    It is closer to classic original than a frankenjeep for sure. What are the advantages of swapping to a 1 piece tie rod compared to what I have?
     
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  2. Feb 8, 2019
    jzeber

    jzeber Well-Known Member Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    OK4WD just drop in. GoFerIt are welded in.
     
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  3. Feb 8, 2019
    mike starck

    mike starck Member Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    Hi, if you look at the tierods they are connected at the center and at both sides(steering knuckle) so it's not a straight line as the jeep suspension works up and down this changes the distance between the steering knuckles because the combined tierod length changes thus changing the to-in setting as you drive.This condition has been blamed for "death wobble" or a violent shimmy. Changing to a one piece tie rod makes the toe-in stable. But you still have a angle on the drag link and this is where the term "bump steer" comes from. You can do the tie rod flip on your stock jeep or go to the one piece tie rod and still do the flip. Your call.Maybe another member here can explain it better than I. I have a '71 cj5 about the same as yours that the previous owner put in a 2 1/2" lift and a one piece tie rod with the stock ROSS steering. It has a pretty nasty bump steer on the freeway hitting bumps at 60+mph. It could probably benefit from a flip but I am reluctant to make any modifications on this vehicle. I'm sure you will figure out the best path for your project. mike
     
  4. Feb 8, 2019
    Henri Watson

    Henri Watson Member

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    Okay that makes sense, this jeep never goes over 30mph and never touches pavement, do you think those issues will still be relevant in that case?
     
  5. Feb 8, 2019
    mike starck

    mike starck Member Sponsor 2019 Sponsor

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    You should be fine. Good to go. Have fun !
     

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