Labor Hours for Tie Rod, Drag Link, Track Bar.....install

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Hey guys.

How long should it take to install Tie Rod, Drag Link, Track Bar and Track Bar/Sector Shaft Brace?

Just wanted to budget my time. While there I'm going to do geometry correction brackets.

Any estimate would be helpful so that I can plan meal and beer breaks for the buddy that's going to help me out. He is the tech, I'm the tool passer.

Thanks in advance and appreciate any insight.

Vin
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maybe 3 hours to get everything bolted on and home garage alignment its all pretty easy tasks, but that time does not factor in shit talking and beer/pizza consumption
 

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With two people I’d say three hours is about right. Took me around 4 by myself.

If you want to do some ‘pre work’ to cut some time out, you could unbox and assemble everything, measure yourself the current Tie rod length and set the new one to same length, etc. These steps anyone can do and they do eat up time.
 
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maybe 3 hours to get everything bolted on and home garage alignment its all pretty easy tasks, but that time does not factor in shit talking and beer/pizza consumption
LOL Thanks and there will be plenty of that.
 
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With two people I’d say three hours is about right. Took me around 4 by myself.

If you want to do some ‘pre work’ to cut some time out, you could unbox and assemble everything, measure yourself the current Tie rod length and set the new one to same length, etc. These steps anyone can do and they do eat up time.
Thanks. I don't know how you guys can do this so quick. I'm learning and want to understand the science behind which is why I want to do it myself. With these estimates I will double the time as a normal learning experience.

These estimates include the geometry brackets and sector brace? Geez...I'm getting hopeful I can get it done in a day or two then.

Thanks for the replies.

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Thanks. I don't know how you guys can do this so quick. I'm learning and want to understand the science behind which is why I want to do it myself. With these estimates I will double the time as a normal learning experience.

These estimates include the geometry brackets and sector brace? Geez...I'm getting hopeful I can get it done in a day or two then.

Thanks for the replies.

Vin
Sorry, I didn’t account for the geometry correction brackets, I should have stated that. I have never done that so wouldn’t know. But I’d guess an hour or two for that.

I did include the sector shaft brace, I did do that.
 

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Spend the money and get adj control arms either lower or upper vs the relo brackets. Sector shaft brace needs a big socket. Can’t remeber off the top of my head, it’s in the tool box. Tie rod isn’t as quick as a direct swap since you’ll need to address the steering stabilizer relocation solution. 3hrs isn’t far off, just depends how fluid y’all are and efficient

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Spend the money and get adj control arms either lower or upper vs the relo brackets. Sector shaft brace needs a big socket. Can’t remeber off the top of my head, it’s in the tool box. Tie rod isn’t as quick as a direct swap since you’ll need to address the steering stabilizer relocation solution. 3hrs is far off, just depends how fluid y’all are and efficient

Brett

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Spend the money and get adj control arms either lower or upper vs the relo brackets. Sector shaft brace needs a big socket. Can’t remeber off the top of my head, it’s in the tool box. Tie rod isn’t as quick as a direct swap since you’ll need to address the steering stabilizer relocation solution. 3hrs is far off, just depends how fluid y’all are and efficient

Brett
Thanks so much for the feedbak. Doing the geometry correction brackets because the Jeep has the Mopar arms already and the brackets were given to me from a friend that went with adjustable arms. I couldn't beat the price!
 
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Spend the money and get adj control arms either lower or upper vs the relo brackets. Sector shaft brace needs a big socket. Can’t remeber off the top of my head, it’s in the tool box. Tie rod isn’t as quick as a direct swap since you’ll need to address the steering stabilizer relocation solution. 3hrs is far off, just depends how fluid y’all are and efficient

Brett
I'm using Yeti track bar, drag link and tie rod. Using synergy steering stabilizer relocation brackets on a new Fox steering stabilizer. Really appreciate everyone's insights. This is why the community is so great.

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Track bar is super easy, just two bolts, one on frame, one on axle.

Drag link is tricky, you have to buy or borrow a fork separator (don't know the exact name) to undo it from pit man arm.
 

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Track bar is super easy, just two bolts, one on frame, one on axle.

Drag link is tricky, you have to buy or borrow a fork separator (don't know the exact name) to undo it from pit man arm.
You are thinking of a pickle fork

And I’m going to add to this that the hardest part will most likely be getting the ball joint out of the pitman arm. Start soaking it now with WD-40
 

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Hey guys.

How long should it take to install Tie Rod, Drag Link, Track Bar and Track Bar/Sector Shaft Brace?

Just wanted to budget my time. While there I'm going to do geometry correction brackets.

Any estimate would be helpful so that I can plan meal and beer breaks for the buddy that's going to help me out. He is the tech, I'm the tool passer.

Thanks in advance and appreciate any insight.

Vin
When you go at the drag link with the pickle fork, hit it a few licks, and then reposition and hit a few licks, work your way around as far as you can and still have a swing. It’s a crap shoot, I’ve heard some falling off with the first lick , and I’ve heard of some taking over an hour.............

good luck brother.
 
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When you go at the drag link with the pickle fork, hit it a few licks, and then reposition and hit a few licks, work your way around as far as you can and still have a swing. It’s a crap shoot, I’ve heard some falling off with the first lick , and I’ve heard of some taking over an hour.............

good luck brother.
Thanks all...sounds like its definitely gonna be more than 3-4 hours for me
 

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Hey guys.

How long should it take to install Tie Rod, Drag Link, Track Bar and Track Bar/Sector Shaft Brace?

Just wanted to budget my time. While there I'm going to do geometry correction brackets.

Any estimate would be helpful so that I can plan meal and beer breaks for the buddy that's going to help me out. He is the tech, I'm the tool passer.

Thanks in advance and appreciate any insight.

Vin
3 hours. The only thing that can slow you down is the pitman arm TRE. Make sure you have the right pickle fork and get it undone first - as it will determine the time for the rest of the project.
 
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