Going to beef up the tie rod. I have looked around and have seen Rusty's HD rod, Rock Krawler's tie rod, and Crown tie rod. The Currie one is to much for my wallet. I Don't know much about drag links and whatever a TRE is so a package deal would nice. Anyone have any suggestions, or their own reviews on some of the tie rods. Thanks alot for the posts. This website has helped me alot. Should look into becoming a member soon.
I bought the Crown HD Steering Kit, and I'm not impressed. There was rust under the paint of the tie rod and the TRE are on the long side. The dust boots also looked cheap. I bought Energy Suspension dust boots instead. I should have bought Moog tie rod, tie rod ends, and a drag link for a Grand Cherokee.
My rig's a 2005 w/a 3.5 rancho short arm lift, had trouble w/ DW. Last thing I did to finally get rid of it completely was currie kit, it's made of 1" 1/4 bar stock. It was definitely a good purchase and so tight it feels like a rack and pinion set up.... couldn't be happier with it, it is a bit pricey tho...
If you're going the ZJ route, I'd definitely go new. They're stronger than stock but not so great that a really old one would be worth it. They aren't that expensive new. If you're not wheeling your Jeep hard the ZJ upgrade should be fine; once you get into some more difficult stuff is when I'd look at going Currie.
And, TRE == Tie Rod End. It's the end that screws into the tie-rod and attaches to the knuckle with a tapered fitting.
Currie definitely isn't a bad way to go. Maybe you won't be wheeling, but if you are it's certainly a great setup that is stupidly easy to setup/install. Upgrades the stock drag link as well which is nice as I believe it would be the next weakest thing once you've upgraded the tie-rod. Check out Savvy (savvyoffroad) if you decide to look into it.
Several members of the our local Jeep club have the tie rod from Rustys and seem to be happy with it. They've been up to Rausch Creek several times and its held up fine. The only reservation I have with it is that it uses the same small sized tie rod ends. If you're looking for a cheaper way to upgrade the tie rod, I'd probably go with something like the ZJ one since it has larger TREs.
What issues have you heard of? I'm guessing the tie rod bending, since that's what I've heard a lot about as well. If so, it's actually designed to bend first before something else breaks. You can bend it back and still use it, many including Jerry B. have done this for years.
If you're looking for one that won't bend, checkout the Savvy Ultimate steering which is amazing. The tie rod will bend if forced hard enough, but it snaps back; it's pretty cool. mrblaine claims that you will break something else before you ever break it. It's what I decided to go with, and I can testify that it's pretty beefy.