(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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- How to Install Crown Automotive Drag Link Assembly on your Jeep Wrangler
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Ryan: The Crown Automotive drag link assembly is for those of you that have a 2007 to 2018 JK, that are looking to replace your factory drag link with a factory-style drag link. This is not going to be a drastic upgrade over the factory drag link. If you are looking for something that's stronger, thicker, has different geometry, this is not going to be the option for you. This is going to be for those of you that, again, are looking for a factory-style replacement but don't want to pay Mopar pricing. You can get what essentially is a factory drag link from Crown Automotive for a little bit less than going directly back to your dealership. This is going to be a very easy one out of three wrench installation. All you have to do is pop your factory drag link out of the two mounts, pop the new one up into place, make a quick adjustment, and you're done. But, we'll talk a little bit more about that in just a second. So, I mentioned before, there are going to be upgraded drag link kits that you can get. Some will change with the geometry. Some are just going to be thicker and stronger, so they're not going to bend or flex in off-road situations or even in on-road situations when you have a big tire on the Jeep. This one is going to be just like a factory one, so it's going to be a lot less expensive than those upgraded kits. So, if you're running a factory Jeep but your drag link is worn out, or you have a little bit of suspension lift or some other modifications to your Jeep, but you just don't have the need for a big, beefy, much more expensive drag link, this is going to be a great choice. And again, this is very much about cost. This is going to save you money over going back to your dealership and getting a factory OEM replacement. The way that this drag link is built on the JK is that this tie rod end is actually part of the whole drag link. You can change this one, but you can't change this one. So, if this ball joint, if this tie rod end wears out on you, you're stuck getting a replacement, and if you are just looking for a factory-style replacement, this one from Crown is going to do it for you at a very fair price. Now, I'll have a member of the install team show you how you get this bolted up. Man: Now, we have our Jeep up here on our lift to secure it. If you're doing this on jack stands, it's just as easy, but always make sure, when you lift your Jeep up, that you secure it safely so no injuries can occur. Now, using your 21-millimeter wrench, we're going to go ahead and crack loose our nut here on the passenger side steering knuckle, and then up here on our steering box. Now, let's move over to our steering box side. It's going to be the same size wrench. Now, with the use of a good hammer, we're going to go ahead and give the side of our Pitman arm and the side of our steering knuckle a decent tap. What this will do is, it will knock our ball joints loose to drop our arm out of place. All right. Now that our factory drag link is out of the way, we're ready to go ahead and get our new one in. Now, you're going to have to do a little bit of adjustment to this once it's in. I would recommend laying the two down next to each other and twisting the adjustment collar in until they're the exact same length. I still also highly recommend your alignment right afterwards because it's not going to be dead-exact where it was before. Now, to install the new one, just remove the nuts that come on the ends, factory, and slide it up into place. Once you got it mounted into place, just go ahead and go back and tighten everything up. Now, you don't want to over-tighten these, so don't go ahead using an impact gun because you will actually break the ball joint in them. Just use your regular ratchet or your wrench, snug them down, and once again, just take it in for an alignment, and you'll be good to go. Now, using the same wrench that we used to disassemble it, we're going to use it to tighten it up. Now that our outer bolts are tightened up, we're going to go ahead and tighten up our lock collars. Now, using a 15-millimeter socket, we're going to go ahead and tighten these up. Well, that's all it takes to change a drag link in the front of your JK Series Jeep Wrangler. If you want more videos and parts like these, make sure you come visit us at extremeterrain.com.
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Proper Steering Control. If you are like most you probably have never heard of a drag link assembly. You probably are not even familiar with the more common naming convention of "tie rod", but if you have ever taken your vehicle in to have a steering alignment then the mechanics have worked on or adjusted this part of your vehicle's suspension. The drag link assembly makes sure your wheels are aligned and allow your car to steer properly. There are four of them (2 per side and inner and outer), and the Omix-ADA Drag Link Assembly here is an inner unit for your Jeep JK.
OEM Replacement. This is a direct replacement OEM part and since the draglinks (tie rods) transmit the force from the steering rack they need to have a high-tensile strength and the Omix-ADA Drag Link Assembly does. This assembly is made of high-tensile strength steel and comes with the two tie rod ends and adjuster along with all the applicable hardware.
Installation Procedures. You should definitely be comfortable working on the suspension of your Jeep and have the appropriate tools with which to facilitate the repair/replacement of this part and assembly. After installation you will need to go to a suspension shop to get a new front end alignment done to ensure proper tracking of your vehicle and even wear on your tires. If you are not comfortable or have the tools necessary, take this part to a suspension specialist to have the complete job done.
Application. The Omix-ADA Drag Link Assembly 2007-2018 Jeep Wrangler JK models.
Fitment: 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018
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(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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