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My RK Tie Rod with Crown TRE's just droops freely after my alignment. (prior it was snug)
Any Tips?
Service manual says 63 ft/lbs of torque on these nuts, but that seems low???? Maybe I'm reading it wrong!
Can you over compress the ends into the knuckle and damage the joint?
Should I just up the torque on the TRE to Knuckle nut until it doesn't droop?
Over tightening the joint will do nothing for you. There is a proper tightening sequence of the jam nuts. Per Rock Krawler:


Sir

Give us a shout! We will walk you through the proper tightening sequence for the jam nuts to hold the orientation of the tie rod. You need to account for the Ackermann Sweep and that is it. Once that is understood, you will know how to tighten the jam nuts to hold the orientation of the tie rod where ever you would like. Sometimes, playing with steering involves a little more knowledge of steering than most people think.

We will try to explain it here as well, but give us a shout for clarification...

With the Tie Rod Ends set to give you proper or desired tow settings and the jam nuts loose, do the following!

1) Stabilize the tie rod in the desired orientation with the steering wheel straight.

2) Take the driver's side TRE, rotate it down as much as possible taking out all the misalignment... Then tighten the jam nut on the driver's side holding the TRE on the driver's side in this postion. You should notice that if you remove whatever you used to hold the orientation of the Tie Rod Bar itself, that it can no longer rotate it down and the orientation is held..

3) Now, Turn the steering wheel all the way to the passenger side! Spin the passenger side TRE completely in the oppossite direction and tighten the jam nut! This will allow for the proper amount of usable misalignment for the Ackermann effect!

If you do not account for the Ackermann effect properly, your jam nuts will constantly keep coming loose which will degrade the threads in the bar itself which may eventually lead to failure!

If the above is not clear to anyone, please give us a call. This holds true for all Tie Rods, not just ours!! Hope this helps you out!

RK

The orientation of the bar (i.e. how far it hangs down is actually set by the D.S. TRE and Jam nut).
 

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So it sounds like the dealership messed up on tightening it and I should take it back??? Can it being too loose, fuck anything up? Obviously if it's too tight it can... I'm just wondering how fast I should get it in... Thanks for the info Goody! Appreciate it.
You can't expect the dealership to know that procedure, IMO. That's an aftermarket component and a procedure for tightening them that there is no real reason for them to know that off the top of their head. + 1 more reason to work on your own rig, setting toe at home is pretty straight forward. It'll take you longer to go to the dealer, mess with them and get it back than it would to just fix it yourself.
 
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