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Unread 03-02-2011, 05:07 PM   #1
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ZJ Tie rod or Crown Rough trail HD tie rod?

Ok going to be swapping out the tie rod and these look like two good and cost efficient options. ZJ has to be the V8 version, and uses the stock drag link. The Crown HD RT looks pretty good and beefy, but its hard to find info on. Let me know what you guys think... Opinions, observations, and knowlegde welcomed and appreciated.

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Unread 03-02-2011, 05:40 PM   #2
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Crown HD steering = ZJ V8 steering.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 05:41 PM   #3
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I just did the ZJ upgrade. It was really easy to do, got the parts from NAPA. Really like it.

What are your plans? If lots of offroading in the future, many reccomend the Currie HD upgrade.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 05:57 PM   #4
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You can get the ZJ tierod from Autozone for $66. I like mine and it's held up great so far.
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Unread 03-02-2011, 06:14 PM   #5
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thing about it this way - The ZJ rod cheep, easy to find a replacement or new ends for if in the middle of no where if you do manage to bend it or toast an end and in my experience its been fairly durable

I've been running a moog ZJ TR for a few years now and for my jeep on 33s it works great. Not that I recommend it but I have actually gotten hung up twice were the front end was support by just the tie rod sitting on a rock and had no lasting ill affects
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MOOG ZJ swap.
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Does it matter where you get the ZJ TR? Autozone, Moog, napa, checkers etc? and you use your stock drag link right?

I am thinkin i will go with this one
http://rustysoffroad.com/product/RS-TR125-UV.html
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I am thinkin i will go with this one
http://rustysoffroad.com/product/RS-TR125-UV.html
why spend money on a super beefy tie-rod that uses stock ends?

the ZJ TR uses ~35% larger ends...and its cheaper...
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35% bigger sounds good to me! and they fit with no modification?
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35% bigger sounds good to me! and they fit with no modification?
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I did the ZJ upgrade it was very easy. I looked other options over, and they all used the original TR Ends and that is what I wanted to get away from. Now, the only other way I would, and will go one day is the Currie Steering.

Yesterday A jeep next to mine had it and it is twice the solid metal the ZJ upgrade is. Now its just another reason I need more mulla>

ZJ or Currie, depending on your budget
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Sweet, thanks. So just go to napa or autozone? or dealership? or online? whats the best place?
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Sweet, thanks. So just go to napa or autozone? or dealership? or online? whats the best place?
I got MOOG online for 127.00 with a discount. I got the Tie Rod, tr end, sleeve, and a can of PB blaster. Had it installed, and a STU OFFroad alignment done on an hour flat.
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Alright thanks hopefully I can get this done next week. What tools are needed to do this? anything special?
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Sweet, thanks. So just go to napa or autozone? or dealership? or online? whats the best place?
Autozone for $66.

You might want to rent a tie rod separator too, not always needed but helpful.
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