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post #1 of 38 Old 12-15-2015, 02:45 PM Thread Starter
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IRO OTK Steering kit came in! Yay!

Black Friday deals at IRO enabled me to get the 1/2" OTK steering kit for my ZJ!

Came in and installed it this weekend.
No issues with the install, the steering is beefy as hades.
I really enjoyed working with the new setup of the stupid Y link and greasy ball joints. It tightened up my steering so now after this and the newpower steering pump I only have about 1/2" steering play so I am very happy.
Pics!
Kit next to the stock Y link:
steering-compare.jpg
Rod end comparisons:
steering-ends.jpg
the cleaned up knuckles:
steering-cleaned.jpg
And the front once assembled:
steering-front.jpg

Very happy with the kit, I would have no reservations recommending it.


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IRO: 5.5" Kit, OTK, Exhaust, BPE, Stiffeners
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post #2 of 38 Old 12-15-2015, 03:16 PM
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I just bought my old man the same kit!

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/riots-97-grand-1436100/

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post #3 of 38 Old 12-15-2015, 04:53 PM
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I have it also and am happy with it..
My only complaint is that they didn't include the same adjustment joint on the tie rod that they did on the track bar.. (makes toe adjustment an annoyance)
Getting the toe right and then trying to keep all the bars/joints in that "perfect spot" so the bars don't flop around is a pain.
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post #4 of 38 Old 12-15-2015, 05:40 PM
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In real crossover steering (like the IRO linkage) the toe is set once and you should never need to adjust it again.

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post #5 of 38 Old 12-15-2015, 06:10 PM
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In real crossover steering (like the IRO linkage) the toe is set once and you should never need to adjust it again.
I agree.. just a minor complaint from me..
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post #6 of 38 Old 12-26-2015, 07:56 PM
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That thing is NICE! I think i will do this to go with my IRO lift!
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post #7 of 38 Old 12-27-2015, 01:22 AM
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Sweet! That looks great! My IRO OTK is on the way, can't wait to get it, especially because I need it to put the front sway bar back on.

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post #8 of 38 Old 12-31-2015, 03:54 PM
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how does it handle on the street? I'm bout to drop the coin for an OTK steering setup but am somewhat unsure of how the heims will do on the street

98 4.0, 33s, 4" zone coils, IRO front double shear tb, IRO rear tb, JKS discos, crager v-5s, steering gear brace, Rustys fuel tank skid, front ADDCO sway bar, IRO "OTK" steering.
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post #9 of 38 Old 01-04-2016, 06:35 AM Thread Starter
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Now keep in mind my joints on the original linkage were old, but for me its nothing but tighter across the board. My dead zone is smaller and I don't feel any looseness. In fact, mine doesn't clunk or anything like I read on a few other posts.
In addition, I can now run my stabilizer because at 5.5" my stabilizer mount on the stock link managed to be exactly inline with my trackbar bolt so it would get hung up on it, so I took it off to be safe.
Now that the tie rod is straight again, all the right clearances are there.

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post #10 of 38 Old 01-04-2016, 05:18 PM
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Now keep in mind my joints on the original linkage were old, but for me its nothing but tighter across the board. My dead zone is smaller and I don't feel any looseness. In fact, mine doesn't clunk or anything like I read on a few other posts.
In addition, I can now run my stabilizer because at 5.5" my stabilizer mount on the stock link managed to be exactly inline with my trackbar bolt so it would get hung up on it, so I took it off to be safe.
Now that the tie rod is straight again, all the right clearances are there.
Yep, definitely better. I just finished my installation sunday afternoon. A lot better handling and less play in the steering wheel. I had to take my stabilizer off before because where my tie rod met the drag link, the tie rod end would hit the bolt head and would not allow me to turn right. Also ended up hitting my passenger side sway bar mount at near max turn, so I got this amazing kit, and I love it. Was then able to mount my JKS quick discos.

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post #11 of 38 Old 01-04-2016, 08:29 PM
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how does it handle on the street? I'm bout to drop the coin for an OTK steering setup but am somewhat unsure of how the heims will do on the street
Handles jus fine on the road. I installed the 5/8 kit a cpl months ago and DD my rig (6" on 35's) all day every day. Still have somewhat of a dead spot but could still be the old box I've been to lazy to swap out. Also like said before was a good cure for all clearance issues at 4"+.

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post #12 of 38 Old 01-07-2016, 10:20 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some more pictures, since that last one it was getting dark its hard to see:
steerr-medium-.jpg
steerc-medium-.jpg
steerfl-medium-.jpg

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post #13 of 38 Old 01-07-2016, 02:30 PM
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Damn every time I see these pictures I wanna order mine already!
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post #14 of 38 Old 01-07-2016, 02:37 PM
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Im still waiting on mine shipping is taking their sweet ****ing time. Clean jeep BTW, OP

http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f22/riots-97-grand-1436100/

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post #15 of 38 Old 01-08-2016, 06:55 PM
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Handles jus fine on the road. I installed the 5/8 kit a cpl months ago and DD my rig (6" on 35's) all day every day. Still have somewhat of a dead spot but could still be the old box I've been to lazy to swap out. Also like said before was a good cure for all clearance issues at 4"+.
glad to hear that! I decided to pull the trigger and now I just need to find the time to put it on

98 4.0, 33s, 4" zone coils, IRO front double shear tb, IRO rear tb, JKS discos, crager v-5s, steering gear brace, Rustys fuel tank skid, front ADDCO sway bar, IRO "OTK" steering.
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