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Unread 04-21-2015, 12:08 PM   #1
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SOA/OTK/"One Ton" tie rod question(s)

I have a couple of questions I am having a little difficulty using that nice "search' button to find the answers. I bent my tie rod on a wheeling trip this weekend so I am looking at replacement/upgrade options.



My current set up:

-SOA with 6 Leaf 0" lift springs.

-JB 4x4 Crossover steering bracket

-Home made 1-1/2" .25 wall DOM drag link (stock TRE's)

-Stock Tie rod



I am looking at building one out of ES2234(R&L) TRE's and 1-1/2" .25 wall DOM. One question that came up is will the HD tie rod clear a ruffstuff D30 diff cover? I would like to avoid the offset TRE's due to availability and price. I would need to ream for then new TRE's and that led to the next question. Is any one successfully running their tie rod OTK with the chevy TRE's on a SOA set up? It looks like it would be really close to interfering with the spring. I would like to get the tie rod up out of the way as much as possible. Trying to figure these things out before I bust out the wallet on some parts. Thanks!



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Unread 04-21-2015, 02:00 PM   #2
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I'm not SOA but can tell you I run the RuffStuff DOM with 1 ton Tre's OTK and clearance of the Diff is close. I have an ARB cover and do not contact it, a cover that stuck out furthur could be an issue. My understanding is just OTK will not work with SOA, you need a high steer set up.
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I would say no. I've got basically the same as you SOA, JB4x4 bracket etc. I too bent the hell out of my tie rod and went with a similar setup but used the RS offset tie rods. My stock tie rod would almost rub on the Rock Crusher cover. Plenty of room now.







These pics are from when I did the install, so it wasn't all tightened up yet (because someone always points out that they're loose).
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If it fits I would like to use normal TRE's even if it's UTK. Has anyone been successful using particularly the ruffstuff diff cover with the "one ton" tie rod? I know it's not truly "one ton" but it's what everyone calls it.


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I have a couple of questions I am having a little difficulty using that nice "search' button to find the answers. I bent my tie rod on a wheeling trip this weekend so I am looking at replacement/upgrade options.



My current set up:

-SOA with 6 Leaf 0" lift springs.

-JB 4x4 Crossover steering bracket

-Home made 1-1/2" .25 wall DOM drag link (stock TRE's)

-Stock Tie rod



I am looking at building one out of ES2234(R&L) TRE's and 1-1/2" .25 wall DOM. One question that came up is will the HD tie rod clear a ruffstuff D30 diff cover? I would like to avoid the offset TRE's due to availability and price. I would need to ream for then new TRE's and that led to the next question. Is any one successfully running their tie rod OTK with the chevy TRE's on a SOA set up? It looks like it would be really close to interfering with the spring. I would like to get the tie rod up out of the way as much as possible. Trying to figure these things out before I bust out the wallet on some parts. Thanks!



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I had rock crusher diff covers and it wasn't a problem.

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f12/l...-build-866779/
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I don't think you can run it OTK, because the springs are in the way.
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Looks like I'm just going to bite the bullet with the offset TRE'S. I'd rather get something I know is going to work try and save money on something that might work.


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clearance the diff cover.
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Unread 04-23-2015, 05:30 AM   #9
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I don't know the crossover steering bracket you are using at all, but my SOA YJ is getting the RuffStuff OTK 1-ton kit. I've checked for clearance and I can run OTK, but I'm also SOA running a waggie 44 with Dodge outers and flat tops, which I think gives me a little more height to get above the springs than what you're doing.
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