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Unread 01-08-2010, 01:05 PM   #1
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Blue Torch Fab Cross Over Steering Bracket

I'm gathering the last of my parts for my SOA and recently came across this. Has anyone used one of these? Blue Torch Fab Bracket


I was going to go with the JB4x4 bracket but now I'm torn between the two.

The JB4X4 bracket would ultimately be cheaper, because I wouldn't have to build the rest of the steering system ie. heims, tie rod, and drag link. Any experience or opinions would be appreciated.

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here's the thing. The JB bracket uses the stock tie rods which are grease-able. With the blue torch its Heim and non grease-able.

Also if you break the Heim good luck finding one at a local ABC auto parts house. With the tie rod you can pick them up anywhere.
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Unread 01-08-2010, 01:26 PM   #3
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I prefer tie rods for on road use, so I went with the Jb braket. It is beefy and realtivly easy to install.

I think I installed mine in 45 minutes. I did have an issue with the extended tie rod they supply, it was to long. Finish on the parts is meh. But it works.
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Unread 01-08-2010, 01:28 PM   #4
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I prefer tie rods on on road use, so I went with the Jb braket. It is beefy and realtivly easy to install.

I think I installed mine in 45 minutes. I did have an issue with the extended tie rod they supply, it was to long. Finish on the parts is meh. But it works.
Agreed. I run the JB bracket to and its great.
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Agreed. I run the JB bracket to and its great.
Agreed. I run the JB bracket to and its great
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I'm thinking I'll still go with the JB4X4 bracket, but I really like that BTF one. I don't know..... As for breaking a Heim, I would probably carry a set of spares, but those things are rated at 78,000 pounds, so I'm not sure that's really a big concern.
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I like that the BTF bracket is double sheer.

You are correct in thinking that a heim made for this application is very tough.
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i went with the rocky road high steer. i love it.
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I like that the BTF bracket is double sheer.

You are correct in thinking that a heim made for this application is very tough.
You run Heims with the MORE setup right? Any issues on the road that way?

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i went with the rocky road high steer. i love it.
I've looked at that too, I just can bring myself to drop the $500, although I'm sure it's fantastic.
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Yep, I'm running the original heims which are ~8 years old. It has no steering quirks whatsoever.

Actually, I'd like to redo my steering & add hydro assist - but paying for 3 kids' college is putting a damper on that.
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I hear ya, we're not quite to college yet, starting the first set of braces in two weeks though.
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Bump for the day, for more opinions. Still torn
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I say go with the bluetorch bracket with the heims. I DD my jeep with heims its absolutely perfect for pushing 3 years no more popping tiny TRE's. As far as the jb bracket my experience was less than satisfactory it got put on my buddies S10 with a swapped in yj 30/SOA waggys springs and he managed to crack it driving on the street. Could just be because it wasnt in jeep
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Bump for the day, for more opinions. Still torn
I Like the BTF Bracket. Something Different yet Beefy as hell.
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I like running tre's for several reasons, but the main being that I can go to any parts store and replace one if it blows on the trail. I know you can carry extra Hemi joints, I have several wheelin buddies that run them.

The thing that got me to run the tre's was when a buddy of mine blew several hemi's in one trip. The problem was that he didn't have a 3rd replacement and it made for one hell of a last day. If he had tre's we were less than an hour trip to a parts store.

Personally I run TRE's because I DD my rig and like being able to go to a parts store for replacements. Also you can go with larger than stock tre's. In all honesty if I was doing it again I would just go to a pick and pull and get a Grand cherokee outer and run that. The less custom stuff you have in a drive train the more likely you are to be able to find it at a parts store, or someone else having what you need on the trail.
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