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!