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Old 06-30-2010, 02:58 PM   #1
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beefing up steering

Ok, I know there are many threads on this but i want the facts. I know that currie has a HD steering kit, i know of the u-turn (expensive), and I believe rough country has one?...but I want people to throw in the not so well known companies that have quality products for what I am looking for. Please list out what you know of. Also do these kits really help? My steering blows and its quite annoying!! Thanks.

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Old 06-30-2010, 03:00 PM   #2
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I know a ZJ(grand Cherokee) tie rod will work and its pretty beefy

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Old 06-30-2010, 03:02 PM   #3
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Also, is crossover steering better?
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Stick with the Currie, it is the standard by which the others are measured. And the U-Turn kit is known to cause bump steer due to its geometry, I wouldn't touch it.

You can't beat the Currie kit even though it's not cheap. It's beefy and holds up to what you can throw at it. Not to mention its design is what many engineers would call "elegant". For example, its tie rod is sold 1.25" hardened steel that withstands an amazing amount of abuse... but the elegant part of that is that they purposely heat treated it to a specific point to where it would bend at a point just before other parts will break. I have managed to bend mine but better yet, I never broke anything like the tie rod ends that could have happened if they had heat treated it so it would not bend at the point it does. It would be easy to make it essentially bend-proof but at what cost on the trail?
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If you are on a budget,or you don't have a lift then you can get a HD tie rod and will likely be good to go.

Currie is not designed for Jeeps w/o a lift....can't remember the min. lift requirements, but since I don't have any at all I went w/ a HD tie rod and called it a day (since in reality the weakest, most often injured part is the tierod)
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:12 PM   #6
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now is a high steer set up good?
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Old 06-30-2010, 03:13 PM   #7
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well i do have 5.5 inches of lift
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RockKrawler, Ironrock offroad, Ballistic Fab and JCFab all make good kits. I believe that most of these run the Heim Joints instead of a tie rod end.

From my understanding the only main issue with Heim joints in teh steering, is more maintenance, since exposed to the elements depending on where you live.

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I have the Rugged Ridge HD Steering kit and it's okay. I had to lose my drop pitman arm, even though they said it was reccomended. It caused my drag link to be too parallel and rub on the tie rod. This would knock the lock nuts loose and mess up my alignment. I had to put the stock Pitman arm back on and it's all good except for a little bit of bump steer.
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As an ex- suspension monkey my recommendation is Currie since you have that much lift.
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Rock Krawler or hydro assist and custom DL and TR.
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Old 06-30-2010, 06:00 PM   #12
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lol cant afford hydraulic steering
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Also, is crossover steering better?
No, plus it invariably causes bump steer.
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Old 07-01-2010, 09:39 AM   #14
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I had Currie Steering for a LONG time. Worked WAY better than stock. It has it's issues, but a great upgrade for a DD or weekend warrior. When you get into running the more stupider trails, it loses it's charms. Not sure if this is allowed here, but here is a write-up I did on my old steering on my Rubi D44 front axle before the full on bling full hydro on my new D60.

My "new semi-custom" steering
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Lance, have you seen Savvy Offroad's new heat treated 4340 replacement tierod for the Currie system? They've been testing it in JV and they got it so it will straighten back out on its own once you get it off the rock that deformed it. Kind of like the Alumiflex tie rod was supposed to do but never quite worked out. I just installed Currie's tie rod two weeks ago & now carry my Currie tie rod as a spare... hopefully for others.
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Sounds like a great upgrade for the Currie system.
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Old 07-01-2010, 07:33 PM   #17
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well looks like im going with the currie
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well looks like im going with the currie
Good decision, you'll never regret it.

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