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Old 04-03-2016, 05:09 PM   #11
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Still looks really weird to me - looks like it's at 45 degree angle from about the steering box up towards that daylighter.


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Old 04-03-2016, 05:13 PM   #12
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Still looks really weird to me - looks like it's at 45 degree angle from about the steering box up towards that daylighter.


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Agree-Those bends were put in by a tube bender and both sides look the same.
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Old 04-03-2016, 05:16 PM   #13
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And it looks like it's on top of the steering arm which is causing such a dramatic bend perhaps????


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Like maybe they drilled the arms to put it in top and then realized it wouldn't fit under the steering box etc.


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Old 04-03-2016, 05:19 PM   #15
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Here is a pic of my setup that seems to work quite well. As I recall, it was made from either a Blazer or Bronco including the pitman arm:
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Old 04-03-2016, 05:39 PM   #16
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Wooly-That's a very good point.
Till we see more pictures-I'm kinda lost....
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Here is a pic of my setup that seems to work quite well. As I recall, it was made from either a Blazer or Bronco including the pitman arm:
Very nice!
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I can see the OP has the TR mounted on top of the arm. One bend belongs the other bend to the driver side does not IMO.

 

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Hey Guys, I had to create a new account because I couldn't get logged back in, even after several password resets. This appears to be an ongoing problem here, frustrating.

Here's two photo's showing the tie rod end on each side. Tie rod is mounted on top. I agree with Lumpy Grits, the bends do appear intentional but still weird. Woolyworm mentioned the arm may have been drilled for a top mount. If this was done are new arms need to put in a straight bottom mount tie rod?

I appreciate everyone’s input on this steering linkage issue. I haven’t pulled the trigger in making this CJ mine yet but I’m really close. It’s got the heavy hardware I’m looking for, I just want to know what I’m getting into here as I’ve never seen a tie rod like this. Also, no steering stabilizer, sloppy steering.

It's a Dana 44, I guessing from a wagoneer, CO/PO has no input. Five bolt lug pattern.

…I plan to redo the front shackle/leaf extensions off the frame. They are very robust just not as clean as I’d like to see them.
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