I swear i don't mean to personally hi-jack this
thread, but maybe my novice questions will
shed some light for other lurkers and Johnny
Sebastian, IIUC the parts you are "reaming"
are the NEW parts to fit the stock config, right?
And, if I'm going to do this it would be better to go OTK right?
Anybody know if it's MORE involved going OTK?
Thanks again guys, you rock!
Your statement up there is not correct. The kit comes with 2 tubes (1 drag link, and 1 tie rod), and 4 tie rod ends with corresponding nuts.
The factory steering hooks up to each Knuckle on the jeep and to the pitman arm that hooks up to the steering box.
Since the tie rod ends that come with the kit have a bigger shaft than the stock ones, you need to drill (ream) out the holes on both knuckles and on the pitman arm. the reason you need a reamer is becaues the tie rod end (TRE) shafts are tapered, so the reamer (snap on R121) will keep the same taper angle while enlarging the holes.
read over the install instructions that i posted above and if you have any questions post up or you can always PM me.
edit...forgot to answer a few of your Q's.
Its personal opinion weather OTK is better or not. I believe it is better to get the steering parts up higher and out of the way of rocks since thats the environment i play in. Also, i feel it give a more "stock like" angle to the drag link and it allowed me to eliminate my drop pitman arm that i had to install with my lift, and i was able to replace it with a stock pitman arm, which i feel gave me better handling and steering response. of course opinions and results will vary.
it is not more involved at all, only thing that changes is which way you are drilling the knuckles, from the bottom up for UNDER the knuckle setup, or from the top down for OVER the knuckle setup.
Also, JCR makes all their stuff in the USA which i really like.