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Unread 05-24-2009, 04:43 PM   #1
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Currie TRE's and zirk fittings.

So, I'm all set to install my Currie steering setup tomorrow. I noticed that the zirk fittings on each of the TRE's are different. One TRE has the zirk fitting in the back, the other has the zirk on the side.

After looking at various write ups for this kit it doesn't seem as though this is something that is addressed. They just seem to be randomly placed on either side of the tie rod and installed on the Jeep. Is there a proper side for each of TRE's?

Pics from 4WD & Sport Utility write up:

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Unread 05-24-2009, 04:52 PM   #2
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Hmm, the picture of the assembled system in the Currie instructions shows the TRE with the zirk on the back installed on the drag link side... the opposite of the pics above.

I suppose that when running the zirk like in the pics above you'd risk tearing it off on the rocks. However, runing the zirk on the back you risk contact with the steering stab. bracket.

Stu offers a good option in his writeup (zirk plug on the back), but I'm still wondering if Currie recommends one way or the other.
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Hmm, the picture of the assembled system in the Currie instructions shows the TRE with the zirk on the back installed on the drag link side... the opposite of the pics above.

I suppose that when running the zirk like in the pics above you'd risk tearing it off on the rocks. However, runing the zirk on the back you risk contact with the steering stab. bracket.

Stu offers a good option in his writeup (zirk plug on the back), but I'm still wondering if Currie recommends one way or the other.
They do... I've talked to Travis @ Currie and as I noticed because of an incorrect install hat the Zerk on the back on the pass side CAN and does rub on the steering stab bracket (depending on your caster angle), and per Currie really should be pointing down on pass side and the rear facing zerk on the Driver side.
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Unread 05-24-2009, 06:10 PM   #4
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They do... I've talked to Travis @ Currie and as I noticed because of an incorrect install hat the Zerk on the back on the pass side CAN and does rub on the steering stab bracket (depending on your caster angle), and per Currie really should be pointing down on pass side and the rear facing zerk on the Driver side.
Interesting, here is how they have it set up in their instructions and on their site. Confusing!:

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Unread 05-24-2009, 09:50 PM   #6
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I don't care who does it how. Common sense tells me that if you run the one on the back in front of the swaybar mount, you will mow it off when you turn to the right with your draglink against a rock.

That means you run the one with the fitting down and you stand a 50/50 chance of mowing it off on a rock.

If you want fool proof, grease the one facing down installed at the draglink, remove the zerk and plug it.
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Unread 05-24-2009, 11:15 PM   #7
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If you want fool proof, grease the one facing down installed at the draglink, remove the zerk and plug it.
Agreed, methinks this is what I'll do. Now let's hope that the Currie tie rod will clear my Ruff Stuff diff. cover. .
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Agreed, methinks this is what I'll do. Now let's hope that the Currie tie rod will clear my Ruff Stuff diff. cover. .
I don't have any problem clearing the ruff stuff diff cover with my currie steering. I installed it so that the grease zerks were pointed down at both steering knuckles. I test fitted it the opposite way and decided I would not be able to grease the zerk that would be pointed back at the drivers side knuckle.
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Unread 05-25-2009, 10:32 AM   #9
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Agreed, methinks this is what I'll do. Now let's hope that the Currie tie rod will clear my Ruff Stuff diff. cover. .

Hey man been following your jeep build up on SIRA and here love the work great job your jeep always looks good. You wont be dissapointed by this setup just got one on mu TJ a few months back and love. I am not "trying" to get to RC to do a shake down run of my 8.8 and steering.
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Good timing thread for me. I have my Currie setup coming brown bag on Thursday. I will get into it and report back.

I suspect after seeing the pics and reading the posts here that I will grease and plug to avoid issues. I do that currently with my Johnny Joints on my Clayton LCA's anyway. Zerk's point directly down at the center frame mounts.
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I will post a pic of how mine is set-up later today. I'm not sure if it is right or wrong though. Either way, everything seems to work great!
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Unread 05-25-2009, 12:05 PM   #12
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I just installed my currie....i believe the zirk fitting that is on side goes on the passenger side. Their old design had this fitting positioned on the back, but it was un-accessable to get a grease gun it. They need 1 more revision to place the zirk fitting on top rather than on bottom, but oh well.

I have mine installed exactly the way the OP has his set up.
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^^^^ Tie rod mounted on top of the attachment to the knuckle? I would assume the drag ling is mounted in the same way. I also assume this is not something we can do with stock knuckles without modifying them?
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^^^^ Tie rod mounted on top of the attachment to the knuckle? I would assume the drag ling is mounted in the same way. I also assume this is not something we can do with stock knuckles without modifying them?
The drag link side is mounted normally under the knuckle. The tie rod end steering knuckle was reamed out and an insert pressed in to flip the drivers side on top. Mrblaine then fabbed up some new sway bar brackets to keep the tie rod/drag link off of them. The drag link needed to be bent a bit outward in a press. All of the clearances are under 1/4". Honestly something beyond my abilities. Blaine made it look easy. Perhaps we'll see a kit from Savvy...

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>1/8" clearance on the pass side at full lock


1/4" clearance at full lock pass side
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