Problems You’ll Probably Encounter with Your Jeep Wrangler TJ
Jeep Wrangler TJs are among the most capable off-road vehicles available from the factory, what with all their heavy-duty off-roading components and numerous options designed to make the vehicle capable of negotiating with and withstanding all the rigors of off-road driving. But no matter how powerful and capable your Wrangler TJ is, it also has its own share of flaws and downsides. Here are some of the common problems TJ owners like you may probably encounter along the course of your vehicle ownership:
During serious off-roading, the lower control arm mounts on the TJ’s front axle can fold. One way you can solve this is to use aftermarket pre-cut weld-on reinforcement plates to box in the vehicle’s factory mounts. After welding such reinforcement plates into the mounts, you can expect they will serve you well for a reasonable period.
Some Wrangler owners reported trouble in shifting the transfer case. But, this is rarely a serious internal problem, so it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying your ride. This problem, which is oftentimes caused by worn-out body bushings or installation of a body lift, can be remedied by doing simple adjustments on the T-case shift rod.
Despite the Jeep’s hardwearing suspension, it isn’t spared from troubles, particularly because it is the system that negotiates with the terrain to make the vehicle successful in taking you from point A to point B. The TJ’s factory-installed rear track bar bracket may cause tear on the axle tube, especially if you’ve lifted your ride. This can be avoided by strengthening it using heavy-duty weld-on or bolt-on reinforcement. Since the TJ’s stock Y-shaped tie rod assembly comes with thin walls and small-diameter tubing, it may bend on the passenger-side when the wheels are totally turned to the right.
The vehicle’s tapered tie rod ends can also have troubles when used beyond their original design parameters. If you will add heavier axle, larger wheel-and-tire assembly, as well as bigger leverage from a lift kit, this factory-installed tapered front tie rod end located at the frame mount usually gets loose and sloppy or, worse, snap altogether. So if you’re upgrading your axle, putting bigger tires and wheels, or lifting your TJ, you might as well upgrade to an aftermarket track bar assembly that could better handle such changes.