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post #1 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 04:37 AM Thread Starter
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Heavy Duty steering system for a lifted YJ

I have a 4.5" RE lift with 33" tires and it seems every time I hit a small bump my alignment goes out. I've tried looking up various options to replace the OE stuff. Everyone says Currie is the best but I don't think they make them for YJs and I sent them an email to see if they do. Rugged Ridge has a kit but I don't hear good things about it. I would like a recommendation on what would be the best for mostly highway driving and weekend off-roading.

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post #2 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 07:35 AM
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I ran Rusty's setup on my old YJ and was pretty happy with it. I liked how it was setup with ends I could get at any local parts chain, not proprietary ends you had to order direct from them.

Its not one ton steering, but that's not really necessary on a YJ.

Sidebar, if Currie had a setup for a YJ I would have run that, however. I ran their steering arms on my TJ years ago and it was top notch.

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post #3 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 08:27 AM
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ruffstuff has a DIY heavy duty steering kit that I have heard really good reviews about. Not sure if the heims/bushings are included though.
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post #4 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 09:08 AM
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I just received Ballistic Fab's 3/4" heim DIY setup. Haven't installed yet but it's a pretty simple process. If you can't weld you could still do all of the setup for it and once your tubing is the right length bring it to a welder, probably cost you less than $25 to have it done.

It ditches the Tie Rod Ends for heim joints and also does away with that ****ty Y-link design. Ballistic uses 1.25x.250 DOM for the links.

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post #5 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 10:51 AM
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I have the same springs up front and run the rugged ridge kit. My jeep also sees mostly highway.


What does your drag link look like?

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post #6 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 11:35 AM
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Just to add a link to the Ballistic Fab kit I referenced above:

https://www.ballisticfabrication.com...rs_p_1335.html

There would be zero downfall to running this on the street. It will be more responsive than a TRE setup and much sturdier on the trail. The kit includes everything you need except some 3/4" nuts and bolts to attach the links to the knuckles and pitman arm. Pretty cheap at $240 plus shipping.

Also, noticed its actually 1.5x.250" DOM not 1.25" like I thought.

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post #7 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 12:12 PM
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I just put Rusty's kit in mine. I seem to have a dead spot now. I need to double check my alignment.

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I'm also running the Rugged Ridge steering. It's been holding up find for me for two years now. Only drawback is the tie rod will contact the stock diff cover at full lock due to the larger OD tubing, so I'm going to say it would really have issues with a larger aftermarket cover. Other than that I'm happy with it.
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My RR barely clears the stock cover with factory steering stops



And I opted for a different diff guard


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I run..

the JCR over the knuckle one ton setup....I like it....I went with over the knuckle to help with drag link angle....I don't run a dropped pitman arm
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post #12 of 24 Old 07-29-2013, 09:20 PM
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Build your own linkage. If your fab skills are up to par. You can see pictures of what I created in my build thread. No details. But I can give your pointers if you want. It's really easy and REAL strong. The hardest part is drilling your knuckles. (mentally challenging) something about drilling perfectly good tapers...

But if your not up to going that extreme I say get one of the recommended aftermarket linkages recommended here and call it good.

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Quote:
Originally Posted by ArticRubi View Post
It will be more responsive than a TRE setup
what would make you state this?

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post #14 of 24 Old 07-30-2013, 06:40 AM
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what would make you state this?
What would make you question it? Definitely less slop in a heim joint vs a TRE.

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I disagree. Maybe the joint itself. But there's a bolt through it to worry about. Which is grounds for play. Mines been fine no complaints. But to me a TRE would have less play. Until it's worn..

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