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Big Daddy Offroad Tie-Rod & Install

Article written by Kizer of Links4Jeeps.com

Date Added: 06/05/2006

After a lift and a front Stabilizer install I come to the conclusion my Tie-rod looks so wussy under the bumper its not even funny.

Ok, its more than looking wussy its a matter of supporting an upgrade such as tires and a lift. Lets face it. When your banging around on a trail and you hit a rock. Do you want your front wheels to buckle or do you want to keep on moving? I want to keep on moving myself.

I took a few things into consideration while laying down my credit card on this particular mod. First money being a decision and strength being the second. Yeah I must admit I picked price over strength, which is typically just my opposite. I normally look at the best then work my way back until I find something I can afford. I was considering a Tie-Rod upgrade and our buddy over at SwissMountain4x4.com introduced me to the idea of the Big Daddy Offroad tie-rod. First off the price sold me from the start. He then pointed me over to a review that RockCrawler.com did a while back. Oddly enough I've read that article, but wasn't in the market at the time. Now I am sold.


1. Tools needed
13 mm socket
13 mm wrench
Floor Jack
Large Crescent wrench
Time 45-60 minutes

2. This is what the stocker looks like. How do people hit it so high up? Beats me, but they do.

3. First off loosen them lugs on your drivers side wheel and place a jack stand under your axle supporting the wait. You do not need to lift it up high. Just enough to get the wheel off the ground.

4. Now with your wheel off inspect your Tie-rod end to make sure the boot isn't torn in need of replacement. No since in messing around with it if it needs replaced in the first place.

5. As well with the passenger side. Inspect the boot for damage or wear.

6. This step isn't required, but I did it anyway. Take a piece of tape and wrap your Tie-rod ends on the drivers as well as the passenger side. I did it simply to insure when the Tie-rod is placed it takes up equal space on both ends.

7. Use a 13mm socket and wrench to loosen the Drivers side.

8. Underneath on the passenger side use the same 13mm socket and wrench to loosen.

9. Now use your hand and twist the Tie-rod towards the back then towards the front to loosen any debris on the threads. Now continue to twist towards you or clockwise looking from the passenger side. The Tie-rod will eventually loosen and fall off.

10. This is a side by side comparison of the Big Daddy and the stocker. I'll give you a hint. The stock rod is on the top.

11. Same two rods. Dirty little guy is the stock rod.

12. From the end they appear to be the same. Wrong.

13. The stock rod uses a clamp and the Big Daddy uses a wrench end so you can tighten. As well the kit comes with a Jacking bolt for both ends to insure the Big Daddy doesn't spin and loosen.

14. Install the jacking nut with the cuts on it on the drivers side. Oddly enough it wouldn't go on the passenger side which lead me to believe it was a left cut thread.

15. Install the other jacking nut on the passenger side.

16. On the Big Daddy Tie rod there is a machined ring cut into the end. This end goes on the drivers side Tie-rod end. I figured this out by reading the included instructions as well I test fit on the passenger side and it wouldn't install.

17. The instructions said to remove both Tie-rod ends and install on the Big Daddy. Being lazy I just inserted both ends of the Tie-rod on the existing Tie-rod ends and slowly tightened until they both threaded on. Twist the Tie-rod towards the rear of the Jeep or counter clockwise looking from the passenger side.

18. Now notice in this picture the Jacking nut with the cut is on the same side with the machined ring in the Tie-rod. They are both on the drivers side.

19. Continue to twist the Tie-rod towards the rear of the Jeep or counter clockwise looking from the passenger side.

20. Soon after what felt like a few minutes. My forearms burned a bit and I finally hit the end of the Jacking bolts. What's not shown in this photo is the masking tape. I removed the masking tape just before. I used the masking tape to insure the Tie-rod was in equal length on the drivers side as well as the passenger.

21. Now when you feel your Tie-rod is in the proper location tighten down both Jacking nuts against the Tie-rod. The great thing about the Big Daddy Tie-rod is the Wrench ends so you can get a large wrench, crescent wrench or a pair of channel locks on them.

22. Another shot of the stocker just under the new Tie-rod

23. A few installed photos

24. Come on hit me I dare you!

25. Man that is just way to clean.

26. Passenger side looking towards Drivers.

27. Drivers looking towards passenger

Final Thoughts

Looks much better and the strength can't be beat.

Our Thank You's!

MoabJeeper Magazine would like to thank Kizer, of Links4Jeeps.com, for this article submission.

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