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Old 07-28-2014, 04:57 PM   #1
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Question Jeep TJ Front Steering, need help.

Hey everyone,

I'm still new to this forum and jeeps in general, although I have a 97 jeep wrangler sport and I've only had it since the last week of june. The previous owner did a lot of mudding and off roading and pretty much turned the whole front steering system into crap. All the boots are ripped and for the most part the whole steering system is stock. I just replaced the Power steering pump, reservoir, pulley, both of the lines both feed and pressure lines and the steering gear box. I need to replace the : Drag Link, Track Bar, Tie Rod, sway bar links, and the front stabilizer shock. The jeep does have skyjacker shocks and a 2.5 inch teraflex lift kit. I want to replace the above with stronger parts although I dont really want to spend a fortune and i dont need just off roading parts since I mainly daily drive although I will be mudding and off roading sometimes, its just not often(dont really have the time sadly since im military). What would be good replacement parts for the above that Wont cost me a fortune but still be stronger than stock parts since I need to start replacing them.

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Old 07-28-2014, 05:20 PM   #2
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Pretty sure you can buy ZJ steering parts and they will bolt right up. A little beefier too.

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Old 07-28-2014, 06:29 PM   #3
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Crown Automotive has a upgraded stock style set up that isnt too expensive, comes with everything needed. It has the ZJ Tie rod I believe. I got sick of dealing with all the supposed upgraded steering stuff that doesnt use the stock geometry. Always had dead spots and just drove like crap.
Call Crown at 781-821-2276 and talk with Jeff. Prices are Great and he should have everything you need.

I just shit canned my Rustys set up for this and its Great, if I ever need to upgrade it Currie Currectlynx is the only way I will go !
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The ZJ upgrade is a good one for the price.. I have the currie on my current XJ and ran it on a past TJ.. works great but also has a higher price. Thus think about what you need as spending money twice is also not fun.
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The ZJ upgrade is a good one for the price.. I have the currie on my current XJ and ran it on a past TJ.. works great but also has a higher price. Thus think about what you need as spending money twice is also not fun.
Yup I agree with spending twice. I'll see how mine holds up at Rausch Creek next month. My problem is bending the stuff up when in the rocks. Just need to drive a little smarter is all. Trouble with Currie is you can only get parts from Currie. I plan to just carry a spare ZJ tie rod with me on trips. I already carry axles and a bunch of other stuff.
After 3 other HD Steering set ups you just cant beat the stock geometry. I forgot how nice my Jeep can actually drive on the street haha Oh well hind sight is always 20/20 ..
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The ZJ upgrade is a good one for the price.. I have the currie on my current XJ and ran it on a past TJ.. works great but also has a higher price. Thus think about what you need as spending money twice is also not fun.
What is the zj upgrade? Where do I find it? Like I said I'm new with jeeps.
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What is the zj upgrade? Where do I find it? Like I said I'm new with jeeps.
I posted the Phone number a couple of posts up .. He is located at the Canton MA store and can ship same day before 4:15 PM ..

Its basically a ZJ Tierod and the rest is TJ. Under $200 and sturdy enough.
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I posted the Phone number a couple of posts up .. He is located at the Canton MA store and can ship same day before 4:15 PM ..

Its basically a ZJ Tierod and the rest is TJ. Under $200 and sturdy enough.
under $200 for just the tie rod or for all of which i listed?
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under $200 for just the tie rod or for all of which i listed?
Its all the steering linkage with TRE's everything but the Steering Stabilizer. Track Bar and Sway Links are separate as well.
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Its all the steering linkage with TRE's everything but the Steering Stabilizer. Track Bar and Sway Links are separate as well.
I will definitely be looking into it. By "Steering Stabilizer", I'm assuming youre referring to the shock? Should I just buy a track bar and sway links from them aswell?
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This is a 30 min video that will help you with eveything you need to upgrade your steering. All the part numbers are listed. Total cost around $300
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This is a 30 min video that will help you with eveything you need to upgrade your steering. All the part numbers are listed. Total cost around $300
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I will definitely be looking into it. By "Steering Stabilizer", I'm assuming youre referring to the shock? Should I just buy a track bar and sway links from them aswell?

Just check with Jeff when you call, he should have everything you need in stock and available. Good luck and hope you get it all sorted out.
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Is the steering stabilizer necessary? I don't remember having one on my old Tj.
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Is the steering stabilizer necessary? I don't remember having one on my old Tj.
It makes it a bit nicer on the road, but no its not really needed. When I was trying to get rid of a DW problem I was having I took it out. After I get everything set up properly with no DW I put it back in. They all came with one but depending on modifications etc some take them out.
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Go big or go home. Ruff stuff is the way to go. Real jeeps don't need a stabilizer.
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OP I am real happy with my Currie Correntlync steering. May as well replace ball joints and everything else at once.
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... Real jeeps don't need a stabilizer.
The more correct term is steering damper and it serves to help protect and isolate the steering system from the usual bumps/jolts/impacts that can be encountered both on-road and off-road. It's a good idea to keep one installed.
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I just bolted up the Crown tie rod and drag link, paid 130.00 for both shipped. Cant beat it.
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This is a 30 min video that will help you with eveything you need to upgrade your steering. All the part numbers are listed. Total cost around $300
This was a great video! Thank you very much for the help. I will definitely be doing the zj conversion when I get myself a steering stabilizer and a new track bar!, any recommendations for a track bar?... antnvlz1294 is offline   Quote
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I just bolted up the Crown tie rod and drag link, paid 130.00 for both shipped. Cant beat it.
Looks like Ill be calling crown in 2 weeks to get mine!
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What is a good hd steering stabilizer to run with 33s?
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Looks like Ill be calling crown in 2 weeks to get mine!
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Running into a snag when the shop aligns the Jeep. They're saying that the adjusting sleeve isn't the right one. But it's the sleeve that came with the crown set up. They're saying it's not tightening down properly. They have the compressions bolts all the way tightened but the sleeve still moves. Is this normal? Is there a "heavy duty" adjusting sleeve that can be put on it to fix this?
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Running into a snag when the shop aligns the Jeep. They're saying that the adjusting sleeve isn't the right one. But it's the sleeve that came with the crown set up. They're saying it's not tightening down properly. They have the compressions bolts all the way tightened but the sleeve still moves. Is this normal? Is there a "heavy duty" adjusting sleeve that can be put on it to fix this?
Call Adam at Crown (781-319-3100). He is there technical guy there for their products.

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