Default Curved Dana 44 Tie Rod, CJ7 Steering Linkage 

Old 04-03-2016, 12:11 AM   #1
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Hello, new to the forum and seeking out my first CJ. Iíve located a clean 85 that has my serious interest. It has a Dana 44 front that has me stumped. The front leaf hangers have been relocated to the outer frame. Iíve researched this mod and Iím comfortable there. Itís the steering linkage, tie rod specifically that has me stumped. Itís not the typical straight tie rod, itís curved or should I say contoured in shape. The geometry seems odd. Iím looking to see if anyone has seen one of these and can share their knowledge/input. Thank you.
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Default Re: Curved Dana 44 Tie Rod, CJ7 Steering Linkage 

Old 04-03-2016, 06:12 AM   #2
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The tie rod shouldn't be like that. I'm not even going to try to guess why it's like that. It should be straight. Some times they bend them at the factory to get around the gear cover but this doesn't seem to be the case.

 

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Old 04-03-2016, 06:21 AM   #3
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Kind of looks backwards in design, if it even is by design. Seems to deliberately put the linkage in harms way on the trail. I would replace it with a correct linkage.
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Old 04-03-2016, 08:12 AM   #4
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Agreed - looks odd for sure. Is it mounted on top of the steering knuckles or in the factory position below them?


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Old 04-03-2016, 09:25 AM   #5
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That looks to be a wagon tie rod they have a bend in them, but that one looks like it got hung up on a stump and bent out of proportion and mounted on the bottom of the knuckle arm.



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Normally you will see the Drag Link coming from the Pittman Arm in front of the Tie Rod not behind it..........the PO has it reversed for some reason..........

The front axle with forward mounted shackles under compression will move forward up to .750"...........hence the reason the Drag Link normally gets mounted forward since it's stationary to the frame. As opposed to the Tie Rod being fixed to the axle and traveling with it............

I would be more interested in seeing pictures of the spindles and steering arms which will probably lead to the reason why it has a strange steering configuration.


 

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Old 04-03-2016, 12:40 PM   #7
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I would be more interested in seeing pictures of the spindles and steering arms which will probably lead to the reason why it has a strange steering configuration.




Agreed. It almost looks like it on top of the arms but hard to tell from photos provided.

 

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Old 04-03-2016, 03:31 PM   #8
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That setup is fine. Very heavy duty, and those bends are there to give the Pittman Arm room to swing.
Confirm that T-rod is solid bar and not hollow tube.
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Lumpy - are you sure your looking at the OPs photos and not Posi's?


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Lumpy - are you sure your looking at the OPs photos and not Posi's?


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YES-Please enlarge each pic of the OP's and I think you'll see what I'm see'n about the clearance deal.
Those bends are to equal and uniform, IMHO to be from an impact. I wonder if the T-rod should be turn'd up 180*??????????
Sure wish I could do a 'hands-on'.
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