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post #1 of 6 Old 02-04-2014, 10:04 PM Thread Starter
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Need YJ Steering Clarifications

Hi all, I'm at a quandary here. I have been part of the Jeep world for years, built 2 TJ's and a KJ, now I have an 87 yj with a 4.0 swap, 4.10's, and a Super 35 in the rear, HP30 front. The front tie rod on my new project jeep is moderately bent. It is currently the stock Inverted-T set up with a drop pitman arm (4-5"). the Jeep is lifted 4" and all of the tie rod ends (drag link and tie rod) are shot and need to be replaced. I have read a lot of conflicting information and want to know if the ZJ steering components including the ZJ drag link will work on the YJ, and if that is a decent way to go.

This YJ is purely a trail rig and sees streets only around town. It is on 33's and does moderate crawling, but mostly overland trails and sand dunes. I am looking to spend $250 or less to replace everything, but can go a little more if I have to, and I don't want to have to ream anything out or do a tie rod flip. The suspension is still SUA.

In a nutshell, I know the ZJ conversion works great on TJ's, so will it work on a YJ if I replace the drag link and tie rods? Should I ditch the drop pitman if the zj stuff does work? Also, I was looking at Rusty's YJ conversion kit (inverted T but stouter) which has mixed reviews and is pricey for what it is. Are there any other brands with reasonable pricing that upgrade everything as a bolt on mod (excluding Rugged Ridge)? I am in a time pinch to get this done as I have a very long (4 day) wheeling trip in less than 2 weeks. Thanks for any help!

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post #2 of 6 Old 02-04-2014, 10:10 PM
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I have not used this in any applications but what you are saying is that the different dana 30 steering linkage worked
on another dana 30 application so should it work on a third dana 30 application?
I would assume that it is close enough that with some adjustments it will definitely work.

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The rugged ridge works for me as a daily driver on the freeway.

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Thanks guys, anyone else?
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-06-2014, 04:08 AM
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Welcome to the YJ. We don't say HP when we say 30. Its just assumed.

Tie rod flips are specifically for SUA jeeps with large lifts. You might want to reconsider. Its a good way to reduce the drag link angle and minimize steering lag from tie rod rotation. That technique doesn't work SOA.

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