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Parts Mike "The Handler" steering kit?

Has anyone had any experience with this kit? I haven't found much of anything on it after searching.
http://www.partsmike.com/store/store...on=show_detail
PSC sells the kit so I would expect it to be a good one but I'm hoping for some first hand experience. Has anyone used it with hydro assist? Please post up any pro's or con's. I have looked at the Teraflex High Steer kit and Trackbar setup but have read a lot of negative things about it otherwise I would probably just go with it. Thanks for any feedback.
(I'm running a 4 inch lift, 35's, and currently running a Currie HD steering setup with adjustable trackbar)


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Has anyone had any experience with this kit? I haven't found much of anything on it after searching.
http://www.partsmike.com/store/store...on=show_detail
PSC sells the kit so I would expect it to be a good one but I'm hoping for some first hand experience. Has anyone used it with hydro assist? Please post up any pro's or con's. I have looked at the Teraflex High Steer kit and Trackbar setup but have read a lot of negative things about it otherwise I would probably just go with it. Thanks for any feedback.
(I'm running a 4 inch lift, 35's, and currently running a Currie HD steering setup with adjustable trackbar)
Like anything, it depends on the actual implementation. What bad things have you heard? Probably a little truth and a little fiction. And what are you trying to accomplish?

That is the Tera knuckle, btw.
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Looks like the track bar is really short in comparison to the drag link.
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Looks like the track bar is really short in comparison to the drag link.
That's because with that setup, the track bar axle mount gets moved up and over the axle.

I wouldn't use that dropped pitman arm or the dropped track bar frame mount and that track bar axle mount would have to be reworked.

You also would have to change the location of the axle sway bar link mount on the passenger side (both sides if the drivers side TRE is flipped)...
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That's because with that setup, the track bar axle mount gets moved up and over the axle...
Which leaves no room for an equal length due to the coil spring being in the way of where the track bar bracket needs to go.
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Which leaves no room for an equal length due to the coil spring being in the way of where the track bar bracket needs to go.
It is what it is...
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Which leaves no room for an equal length due to the coil spring being in the way of where the track bar bracket needs to go.
Do you have equal length?
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Do you have equal length?
With stock inverted y steering and an adjustable jks track bar pretty close.
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Like anything, it depends on the actual implementation. What bad things have you heard? Probably a little truth and a little fiction. And what are you trying to accomplish?

That is the Tera knuckle, btw.
I'm aware it uses the Teraflex knuckle and Rubicon express frame side track bar mount.

What I want-
*A steering system the will work well with hydro assist steering (that I will add in the future)
*Eliminate any bump steer or any other possible issues
**Replace the Trackbar with a stronger joint setup (the Teraflex is prone to breaking on the frame side with hard wheeling)
I've heard the tera kit won't work with less than 5 inches of lift , bent drag link, and threading tearing out at the tre

If there is a kit that will do those three things I'd love to hear about it, so far this seems like one of the best setup s

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With stock inverted y steering and an adjustable jks track bar pretty close.
A 5" difference is pretty close?
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Why not just use the Currie setup with the hydro assist that MrBlaine came up with that is used in conjunction with a psc steering box.
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A 5" difference is pretty close?
A hell of a lot closer then that crossover setup!
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A hell of a lot closer then that!
5" is not in question but the subjective use of pretty close is.
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5" is not in question but the subjective use of pretty close is.
Fare enough!
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Has anyone had any experience with this kit? I haven't found much of anything on it after searching.
http://www.partsmike.com/store/store...on=show_detail
PSC sells the kit so I would expect it to be a good one but I'm hoping for some first hand experience. Has anyone used it with hydro assist? Please post up any pro's or con's. I have looked at the Teraflex High Steer kit and Trackbar setup but have read a lot of negative things about it otherwise I would probably just go with it. Thanks for any feedback.
(I'm running a 4 inch lift, 35's, and currently running a Currie HD steering setup with adjustable trackbar)
Part's Mike is a YJ guy. I don't know how much that affected his mentality when he developed that kit for the TJ, but his premise behind the kit was that a rig drove and handled better with a level trackbar and draglink.

You are welcome to draw your own conclusions.

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