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post #1 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 11:41 AM Thread Starter
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Replacement of tie rod sleeve and ends.

Can this be done on my own? Can I do it and then take it somewhere to get aligned? I was thinking of doing this https://www.amazon.com/Rugged-Ridge-...kit+heavy+duty Thoughts? I don't see a way to attach the steering stabilizer I have there.

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post #2 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 11:48 AM
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Yes you can do it yourself and then get it aligned. I would get the Crown heavy duty HDSTRGCR1 one off amazon, instead of the rugged ridge.

In the one you linked, the steering stabilizer would attach with the 2 U-bolts and plate you see in the picture.
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look into currie steering, or do a zj tie rod upgrade.

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post #4 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 11:51 AM
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You would need new HD knucles I believe, for that kit.

Edit: disregard...I see where the drag link mounts.

Looks like that will work with stock knucles.
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It says I don't need to do anything with the knuckles. On either the rugged ridge or crown heavy as far as I can find.

EDIT: Why the crown heavy over the rugged trail?
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post #7 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 12:55 PM
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I just purchased this setup this morning:


http://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/...FZWEaQodjlQGRA


A friend of mine used it. He's going to help me install it.

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post #8 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 12:56 PM
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I would also look at crown (zj) or Currie. You don't really want to be changing the steering geometry unless you're changing other things as well. And you can do it yourself, including alignment
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Where does the steering stabilizer attach on the crown?
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post #10 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 02:01 PM
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the "crown" is just replacing the oem tie rod with a zj tie rod. its a very good upgrade for the price.

the stabilizer still mounts to the oem TJ drag link, which is not the leak link in the oem setup.

i would steer clear of any other steering kit short of the currie setup


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Like stated above, same drag link, so steering stabilizer mounts the same way. Great upgrade for 33s, 35s I'd consider Currie.

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post #12 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 02:46 PM
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My cheap Crown ZJ steering only lasted 10k miles before getting sloppy. Maybe look into a better quality version.

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post #13 of 100 Old 02-12-2017, 03:19 PM
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People touched on it, but I don't think it was made clear. Your stock steering is what is called inverted Y. If you look at it and think about it, it makes sense. Draglink runs down to the steering knuckle and tie rod connects from drag link to the opposite knuckle. That Rugged Ridge steering is what is called inverted T. The draglink runs to the tie rod and the tie rod connects both knuckles. Most common issue that arises with the inverted T is that it develops a dead spot in the middle of your steering. When you turn from one direction to the other the draglink/tie rod joint has to "flip" before any steering input is created. Yes, there are theoretical issues with inverted Y also (e.g. change of toe during suspension cycling), but in real life those issues are not noticeable IMO. The dead spot in inverted T absolutely is. Stick to inverted Y.

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I have the IRO OTK kit. It has proven to be a solid product, I haven't had any issues with it (nor do I foresee any) : http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/10261.html



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Also, in case you don't have enough companies to research already, look into Rusty's steering kits. I've used their tie rod before, and that thing was a weapon. It's pushed rocks and slid me over them and didn't bend. I haven't used any of the other kits listed above to compare to, but they sell quality products

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