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bcmaxx
11-16-2009, 01:50 PM
I just wanted to share my experience with rugged ridge steering setup for my xj: http://www.omix-ada.com/jeep-parts/productInfo.asp?itemNo=18050.82

At first install it seemed beefy and strong, but Immediately noticed some wandering. I had an alignment done, same darn thing, like a drunk weavin down the road. I had play from about the 11o'clock to 1 o'clock steering wheel position. Had a buddy work the steering while I had a look underneath to see what was going on. The tie rod that goes from wheel to wheel flops like a dead fish!! I contribute that to the connector tie rod being bent so the system clears the sway bar link mount on the axle. Did some research and found out this is "Normal" and more "pronounced" on vehicles over 4.5" lift. About the only way I found to temporarily cure this is to install a spacer between the tie rod and knuckle on the passenger side. I used plastic cutting bored 1/2" thick and used a hole saw to cut them out. I cut 4 or five to replace them as they wear out. Mild wheeling I'd get 4-5 trips out of a spacer, If I'm playing on the rocks I'd kill a spacer that day. I got about a year out of the tie rod ends, they are all worn out, 2 weeks to get, the only one that can be purchased through normal channels is a es3096l, they others are only available through rugged ridge or a distributor.New ends took 2 weeks to get. Way too long if you are broken or unsafe for the road. I have finally decided to ditch the setup.

Pros:
-beefy tie rod, thick, will support weight of the front of an xj
-steering feels more stable offroad
-relatively well priced kit
-easy bolt on installation

Cons:
- To much "dead spot" in steering,feel like a drunk trying to drive down the road
- Proprietor tie rod ends- means you cant go to lordco or napa for replacements. I sourced mine through tyler at national
- accelerated wear of all tie rod ends due to flop caused be tie rod roll
- You have to start steering before every corner ( my gf called it Pre-steer, she found it odd I start to turn when we are still going straight before we hit a corner)

I just ordered an Iron rock Offroad -Over the knuckle heim kit with 5/8 bolt upgrade. I'm hoping this is a little better. At least I can buy new heims for it!!
http://www.ironrockoffroad.com/Merchant2/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Store_Code=IROR&Product_Code=IR-TOTKS&Category_Code=XST


I hope this is the end of it!!

Justin_B
11-16-2009, 08:51 PM
Nice write up, cheers[cheers]

B
11-16-2009, 08:59 PM
what did you expect from rugged ridge 90 % of that stuff is for the web wheeler who would be scared to even scratch a flare .... nice wright up thou mang ... pre steer thats a great term ...

[cheers]

B ....

bcmaxx
11-16-2009, 11:02 PM
what did you expect from rugged ridge 90 % of that stuff is for the web wheeler who would be scared to even scratch a flare .... nice wright up thou mang ... pre steer thats a great term ...

[cheers]

B ....
Just wish I read a write-up like this before I wasted my money.

DIRTDIGGLER
11-17-2009, 12:05 PM
Same steering gone threw two tie rods my self.:mad:

bcmaxx
11-24-2009, 03:39 PM
Same steering gone threw two tie rods my self.:mad:

Its here! Hopefully be better! http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee110/bcmaxx/2-10.jpg

bcmaxx
11-25-2009, 12:58 PM
Few shots from install. Steers and tracks like a car now! super tight!!

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee110/bcmaxx/shopnight4.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee110/bcmaxx/shopnight6.jpg



http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee110/bcmaxx/shopnight5.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee110/bcmaxx/shopnight7.jpg

http://i232.photobucket.com/albums/ee110/bcmaxx/shopnight8.jpg

DIRTDIGGLER
11-25-2009, 01:27 PM
Looks good .

Justin_B
11-25-2009, 04:14 PM
shit thats a nice kit, how much that set you back? might have to look into that for my grand.

bcmaxx
11-25-2009, 04:20 PM
shit thats a nice kit, how much that set you back? might have to look into that for my grand.
$464 with the 5/8 upgrade, little spendy but I've had it

Justin_B
11-28-2009, 10:10 AM
$464 with the 5/8 upgrade, little spendy but I've had it

oh well its worth it im sure. dont want no pre steer screwing you up on the road.

Apathy
11-28-2009, 10:16 AM
what did you expect from rugged ridge 90 % of that stuff is for the web wheeler who would be scared to even scratch a flare .... nice wright up thou mang ... pre steer thats a great term ...

[cheers]

B ....

soo.. its a tuna kit?[cheers]