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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:10 PM   #1
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i have an 02 TJ that is about to get a steering upgrade such as 1-ton. i have a 3"BDS lift plus spacers and a HP 30 from an xj and am running 35"s.

i just put in a new steering box, so i will leave that alone

i have seen everything from $180 rugged all the way up to Currie and everything inbetween.


what are my best options for the money? also curious what is involved as far as modifications needed for whichever upgrade i choose.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 05:19 PM   #2
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if do 1 ton steering have to drill or ream out the knuckles, which way you wish to run it with tie rod over or under the knuckle. JCR offers these setups as well.
I have the crossover tube for a crossover setup on a D30, all you will need to get is tierods ends at a local parts store. $60 if your interested and be heading to lenox twp tomorrow if wanted me to bring them out.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:17 PM   #3
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Don't buy rugged ridge, i have it on my xj and one tie rod end is $50 because RR is the only one that makes it so you have to order it and wait. Go with JCR offroad or similar where they use standard chevy 1-ton ends that you can buy anywhere.
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Old January 19th, 2011, 06:19 PM   #4
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Ya the rugged ridge set up SUCKs. Good at first but mine blew out all 4 tie-rod ends with in 6 month.
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Ya the rugged ridge set up SUCKs. Good at first but mine blew out all 4 tie-rod ends with in 6 month.
Did ya grease it? Really? Ive got 25-30,000 miles out of it so far with no complaints.I do grease it at least once a month, cuzz i wheel almost every weekend, with plenty of mud and water.
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Old January 20th, 2011, 12:18 PM   #6
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Wasn't planning on going the rugged ridge route. who else makes a good one besides JCR? (that wont break the bank) also hoping for something that wont be a WHORE to install
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Old January 20th, 2011, 12:26 PM   #7
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Wasn't planning on going the rugged ridge route. who else makes a good one besides JCR? (that wont break the bank) also hoping for something that wont be a WHORE to install
The only "whore" about it is spending the cash for the reamer. Other then that it's straight forward.
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I am running the u turn from offroad only on both my TJ and LJ. The TJ setup is 5 years old and still working great. LJ setup is a new install.
http://www.offroadonly.com/products/new/u-turn/
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I am running the u turn from offroad only on both my TJ and LJ. The TJ setup is 5 years old and still working great. LJ setup is a new install.
http://www.offroadonly.com/products/new/u-turn/
the u turn looks great... but if you can, explain why it is double the cost of many others including JCR?

is there a quality difference? is it just the name? just wondering
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the u turn looks great... but if you can, explain why it is double the cost of many others including JCR?

is there a quality difference? is it just the name? just wondering
I'm guessing this is why.
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Custom hubs that bolt to your original steering knuckles, machined and TIG welded for strength, tapered for tie rod end attachment.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 05:22 PM   #11
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interesting. i kinda dig that. wondering if it is more than i need though. need to figure out if it justifies more than double the price plus install. then again, towing the jeep out to JCR wont be cheap either
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I have the JCR and had them install it. I believe you get what you pay for!! In my case I believe I got more than my monies worth.

I have been on some pretty nasty trails at R&V and it has not let me down yet.
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Old January 21st, 2011, 06:05 PM   #13
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I also like the U-turn because it is knuckle to knuckle (no inverted Y crap) so changing the lift height does not change the toe in.

Here is a good pic of it on my TJ (silver parts)



What the bracket looks like on the driver side



Passenger side


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I looked at everything and went JCR over the knuckle. Can't beat cheap parts store replacement TRE's and over the knuckle cross over. Not to mention if you pick it up on sale you can pull off that and hydro assist for the price of the U-turn setup.
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