Jeep CJ/Scrambler 1971-1986 Repair Guide

Center Link/Connecting Rod/Drag Link

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figures 1, 2 and 3

1971 Models
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Remove the cotter pins at each end of the link.
  4.  
  5. Remove the adjusting plugs, ball seats and spring from each end.
  6.  
  7. Disconnect the link and remove the dust cover and dust shield.
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  9. Replacement kits are available which contain all the above parts. Its best to replace all these parts at once.
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  11. Install the dust cover and shield at each end and connect the link at the steering arm and bell crank.
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  13. Install the ball seat and spring at each end and turn the adjusting plugs in until they firmly contact the ball. At the front end, back off the adjusting plug 1 / 2 turn and insert a new cotter pin. At the steering arm end, back off the plug one full turn and insert a new cotter pin.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Drag link assembly

1972-79 Models
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Place the wheels in the straight ahead position with the pitman arm parallel with the vehicle centerline. Matchmark the pitman arm and gear housing to be sure that the wheels don't move.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cotter pins and nuts at each end of the link.
  6.  
  7. Using a separator, disconnect the link from the pitman arm and tie rod.
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  9. With everything aligned, install the link. Torque the nuts to 70 ft. lbs., minimum, and install new cotter pins.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Connecting rod assembly used on 1972-86 models

1980-86 Models
  1. Raise and support the front end on jackstands.
  2.  
  3. Place the wheels in the straight ahead position with the pitman arm parallel with the vehicle centerline. Matchmark the pitman arm and gear housing to be sure that the wheels don't move.
  4.  
  5. Remove the cotter pins and nuts at each end of the link.
  6.  
  7. Using a separator, disconnect the link from the knuckle and pitman arm.
  8.  
  9. With everything aligned, install the link. Torque the nuts to 60 ft. lbs., minimum, and install new cotter pins.
  10.  



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Fig. Fig. 3: Steering linkage used on 1972-86 models

 
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