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post #1 of 10 Old 06-15-2017, 06:41 PM Thread Starter
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Drag Link Upgrade?

Hi guys,

Well I finally got a Jeep! An '89 Jeep YJ. Been doing some light clean up and maintenance of it here and there. My steering wheel is cocked to the side (went from stock, to 1 inch lift, back to stock is reason why-I think...). So in trying to adjust/turn the drag link, it won't budge at all, tried WD40, propane heating, etc. cranked either way for about an hour with vise grips and large wrench on end and won't budge even standing on it.

Thinking of just buying new, is there any reason to not go stock? Go upgraded? While I'm in there, new tie rod? It's not a serious off road vehicle, just dirt roads when hunting and weekend warrior.

Also, the pivot points shackle around, is that normal? Still haven't gotten a mechanical manual for it yet.

Thanks for any help!

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post #2 of 10 Old 06-16-2017, 03:40 AM
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I built my own. Here's an old thread with some info.... http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/w...pgrade-521301/

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post #3 of 10 Old 06-16-2017, 04:48 AM
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This is a kit that will replace your factory set up with much beefier parts, as referenced by the link above. 1.5x.25 DOM tubing, weld in bungs and TRE. There is also an attachment (sold separate) for your SS.

http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/...de=STEERINGKIT

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You DO NOT need any upgrade parts.

Most are poorly engineered anyways.

Just get all new moog stock replacement linkages and tie rod ends.


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post #5 of 10 Old 06-17-2017, 06:46 AM
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Hey Dred, I have used Moog parts on my Grand and Ram 1500, they are definitely more beefy then stock. How do the YJ parts compare to stock?
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Well, I was kind of wondering what the upgraded systems do? Like ive said, the only off road ing I'll be doing is on dirt roads, haha.

If they tighten steering, like play, etc. I might be down for the extra money. But for them to be beefier, they won't get hit by rocks or anything of the sort, I live in FL, so there's not much to hit anyhow typically.
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Hey Dred, I have used Moog parts on my Grand and Ram 1500, they are definitely more beefy then stock. How do the YJ parts compare to stock?
MOOG parts are pretty much the "gold standard" when it comes to replacement steering parts.

This is my stock vs. moog replacements.
They seemed beefier, but measuring thicknesses/diameters revealed that they were the same. Which was just fine with me.



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Well, I was kind of wondering what the upgraded systems do? Like ive said, the only off road ing I'll be doing is on dirt roads, haha.

If they tighten steering, like play, etc. I might be down for the extra money. But for them to be beefier, they won't get hit by rocks or anything of the sort, I live in FL, so there's not much to hit anyhow typically.

For obvious liability reasons, factory steering components are pretty stout. The moog replacements are identical and made with quality materials and proven clamping technology.

The "Beefier steering" dreams come from severe abuse damage of stock solid bar components. While its true that thick wall tubing can be more resistant to bending, and the larger 1 ton tie rod ends are bigger and stronger, the jam nut adjustment threadings tends to be weaker than stock. Bending forces just move to the new weak spot.




That's why factory uses those split sleeves with clamps. Much greater support and loosen proof.

The beefier steering links still get abused and still bend with a side order of loosening lock nuts and clearance/interference issues.

For your usage, the stock is best.

Just saw this on craigslist...had to laugh. Guy is selling his bent curie steering linkage.

"Currie Correctlync currectlync is a heavy duty replacement for the tie rod and drag link.
Has a small bend on the tie rod, can be straightened before installing, or use as is. (I will also include an additional tie rod)
Sells new for $550 -$600, will sell for $180 obo

You can look up all the details on line, everybody loves this setup, here is a brief description.
The Currie Currectlync® is a heavy duty tie rod and drag link system
a 1 ¼" diameter forged alloy drag link, and a 1 ¼" solid alloy steel tie rod bar that is bored and threaded on the ends.
All 7/8" thread tie rod ends.
200% stronger than the stock components!"


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post #9 of 10 Old 06-18-2017, 07:27 AM
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The adjustment clamps is what I really like on the stock set up. I am surprised that none of the after market set ups use this design.
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Hey Dred, I have used Moog parts on my Grand and Ram 1500, they are definitely more beefy then stock. How do the YJ parts compare to stock?
What part of FL? I bent mine wheeling at Hardrock in Ocala. Went with 1/4" Wall DOM replacement.



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