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post #1 of 5 Old 03-20-2020, 05:22 PM Thread Starter
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What is this? Who made it?

My recently acquired 2005 Wrangler TJ/LJ features brackets bolted to right and left steering knuckles. I'm working to replace the NAPA tie-rod ends, but folks at NAPA tell me they no longer can get the parts (ALS 206 / 2059 and ALY 131 2 / 2058).


I'm thinking that by my knowing who made the bolt-on brackets and model name and/or number, I might be able to find suitable replacement tie-rod ends that the bracket and tie-rod manufacturer(s) recommend. (This assumes the same manufacturer made both bracket and tie rod.)



I post two pictures of the steering-knuckle assembly and ask if anyone knows:
  1. who made the bolt-on brackets and
  2. what they are called -- maybe even name and/or model number.


And since the tie rod is perhaps a component of what may have been a kit assembly, I post two pictures of the tie rod to ask:
  1. who made the tie rod (black item) and
  2. does anyone know what tie-rod ends might fit (rod: 3/4" - 16 NF x 2 1/4"; stud 1/2"-20 NF x 2" with large taper diameter at .627" and small taper diameter at .543" and length of stud at .664).


The track bar (gray item) seems to be a Rubicon Express item. Right?



By the bye, my LJ came with a Rubicon Express Tri-Link, long-arm kit installed. What all was included and added at the time of installation is unknown to this after-the-fact Jeep owner.



Thank you for your help.


Greg in Las Vegas



Background not directly related to my two questions: In my efforts to get replacement tie-rod ends, I talked with Federal Mogul (the company that made the tie-rod ends for NAPA) to learn the parts are "obsolete" and not available. Then I went to Rare Parts in California, and they did not have the tie-rod ends either. Folks at Federal Mogul and Rare Parts were unbelievably helpful, and gave me the benefit of their able minds and years of experience.



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post #2 of 5 Old 03-20-2020, 06:00 PM
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I take a stab at it.

opps stand by. but I think high steer bracket.

But my Google fu is only finding something like that for YJs. So, now I am curious what it is too.
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That is an ORO (Offroad Only) steering kit. And I'm sorry you have it on your Jeep, that is unfortunate.
The TREs are very standard off the shelf parts.

https://offroadonly.com/wp-content/u...nds-small-.jpg

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post #4 of 5 Old 03-21-2020, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you fromme and hokahay,

I clicked on the ORO link you provided, and sure enough, the parts are OROís U-Turn kit.

In the packet of records that came with my LJ was an invoice that included one cryptic line: ď1 U-Turn $649.Ē I never knew what it was, and I paged past it each time I searched the records to track down parts. Now I know what it is.

Since the kit was purchased in 2008, some twelve years ago, I am assuming the NAPA TREs are not original, especially so since ORO specs-out Spicer as the brand they use with the U-Turn kit.

Monday, I will contact ORO to order needed TREs or, if they donít have them, to ask for part numbers.

Fromme, thank you for taking time to share your expertise. Now I have a fighting chance to get my Jeep off jack-stands and back on the road.

Greg in Las Vegas
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That link has the part numbers for the TREs. They are standard numbers and you can get them at Napa or any auto parts store

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