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RT Off-Road Heavy-Duty Steering Kit w/ Stabilizer (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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Features, Video & Details

  • Heavy Duty Steering Kit
  • 1 Inch Solid Steel Tubes
  • Heavy Duty Upgrade for Serious Control Off-Road
  • Greasable Tie Rod Ends
  • Adjustable Sleeve
  • Includes Steering Stabilizer Kit
  • Includes Tie-Rod Assemblies and a Steering Stabilizer
  • 12-Month / 12,000 Mile Warranty
  • Fits 1997 - 2006 Wrangler TJs

Review & Installation Video

Review & Install Video

This Crown Automotive Heavy-Duty Steering Kit is gonna be for those of you that have a 1997 to 2006 TJ, and are looking for an upgraded and stronger steering set-up, however, you don't have the budget or the need for one of those much bigger, much beefier, and also much more expensive systems that are available. In my opinion, this is gonna be for those of you that do some light-wheeling, maybe you don't have huge tires, maybe something like a 31 on your TJ, but manage to damage your steering set-up so you want a little bit of an upgrade, you want something that's gonna replace everything, the tie rod, the drag link, and of course your steering stabilizer itself, but you wanna do it on a little bit more of a budget. If you are going to be running a 35, a 37-inch tire on your TJ, you're probably going to wanna go with one of those more expensive, even stronger systems, however, this is still going to be a pretty good upgrade over your factory steering set-up. This kit is built from one-inch solid steel rods. It is going to have greasable tie rod ends all the way around, however as I said before, these aren't going to be huge tire rod ends like on some of the other steering kits that you can get. This isn't going to be a completely oversized drag link and tie rod like on some of those more expensive kits that you can purchase. One of the nice features is that if you bent your tie rod, if you bent your drag link, there's a chance that you also bent your steering stabilizer, so this kit does come with one, and it's gonna be a pretty traditional 50-50 valve shock. It's going to work just fine regardless of your tire size and how you use your Jeep. Now, one of the nice things about this steering set-up is that, like a lot of the other ones, it is going to retain that inverted Y steering set-up, which is going to be, in my opinion, the best option for your TJ. There are some people that wanna change to more of a cross-over set-up, however the inverted Y does really work well for your TJ. So overall, this is going to be a very easy install. It's gonna be very easy to adjust. As you can see, it has two adjusters built right into it, so you're going to be able to make your length adjustment for tow and the center of your steering wheel very, very easily with this set-up. As far as the install goes on this, I am gonna give it a one out of three wrenches. All you're going to have to do is remove your factory set-up from the Jeep, and go ahead and bolt this right in place. Now, anytime you're removing a tie rod end that is going to be a taper-fit, so you're going to wanna remove the cotter pin, remove the castle nut, and then strike the steering knuckle perpendicular to that factory tie rod. And that is how you're gonna pop that tie rod end out of it's taper-fit home. If you try and smash directly down on top of the tie rod end, there's a chance that all you're gonna do is mushroom that end, making it much more difficult to get it out of the steering knuckle. So again, have a big hammer on hand, strike perpendicular to the tie rod end. That's gonna be the best way to get everything apart. Now up at the pivot arm, when you're removing the drag link, I would recommend using a pivot arm puller. If you hit that in any way, you can damage your steering box, and you certainly don't wanna have to get into replacing that. So pivot arm puller is going to be something that I would recommend as far as tools for this job. It is gonna to make it a lot easier and a lot safer to do. So, once you remove those components off of your jeep, you can go ahead and take some measurements from the center the tie rod ends and adjust this set-up so that it's going to be similar. That is going to give you the best chance of putting everything together and not having to change your tow or re-center your steering wheel. Once you've made your length adjustments, you can go ahead and tighten down your adjusters, put everything into their location, tighten everything down. You are going to wanna use an impact on these tie rod ends. If you try doing it with just a socket driver, chances are you're just going to spin the tie rod end and the ball inside of the housing here. So, use an impact, make sure you get them nice and tight, torqued down, make sure you use the castle nuts that come with them, and make sure you reinstall those cotter pins to ensure that the nuts aren't going to back out and nothing's gonna loosen up. Now after that, I would check your tow, check your steering wheel center. If you're not comfortable doing that, you can always take your Jeep to an alignment shop and have then check that out, but it is something that's pretty easy to do in your driveway if you wanna save yourself a little bit of money and you have the time to do it. The final step in the installation is going to be bolting on your steering stabilizer. That again, very simple process bolted in place of that factory steering stabilizer. One end goes on the axle, the other end goes on your drag link, just bolt it up using the included hardware. This whole set-up and including the steering stabilizer is gonna come in at right around $230, and I do think that's a good price for something that is going to be a bit of an upgrade over your factory system. Does include all of these components and all of this hardware. However, it is gonna be less expensive than the others for a reason. It's not gonna be quite as beefy, quite as strong as some of those more expensive upgrades. So, as I said in the beginning, I think if you're running a 31-inch tire, you bent something, you don't plan on putting yourself in a situation where you're gonna bend something again, then this is gonna be a good kit, a little bit of an upgrade from factory, but a fairly inexpensive upgrade. If you are hitting the rocks every weekend with 35s, I would recommend spending a little bit more money and going with one of those beefier kits. So, if you're looking for an affordably priced steering upgrade kit for your TJ, I definitely recommend looking at this one from Crown Automotive that you can find right here at extremeterrain.com.

Specs. If you need serious control off-road, then you need to checkout the RT Off-Road heavy duty steering kit. It replaces the lightweight factory drag link and tie rod with 1 inch solid steel tubing for unbelievable strength and response. This kit allows you to steer over unbelievable obstacles without snapping your factory drag link or tie rod end.

Construction. The tie rod ends are greasable for easy maintenance. There's a tie rod end adjusting collar, a steering damper and steering stabilizer kit. The whole assembly is covered by a 12-month / 12,000 mile warranty.

Application. The steering kit fits 1997 - 2006 TJ Wranglers.

Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006 Details

MPN# RT21005

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What's in the Box
  • (1) Tie Rod
  • (1) Drag Link
  • (1) Steering Stabilizer
  • Hardware
Installation Info
Tech Specs
Will it fit my Wrangler?
  • TJ Rubicon 2 Door - 03, 04, 05, 06
  • TJ Rubicon Unlimited 2 Door - 05, 06
  • TJ Wrangler 2 Door - 97, 98, 99, 00, 01, 02, 03, 04, 05, 06
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Questions & Answers (9)

5 Top Rated Questions

Would this fit a TJ with a 2" lift?

  • The Crown Automotive Heavy-Duty Steering Kit w/ Stabilizer will fit on a 2 inch lift on a TJ.

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What lifts will this fit?

  • This will work with most any lift kit.

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Can you order replacement tie rods for this kit

  • You can likely get replacement tie rods directly through Crown Automotive.

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Do you know that diameter of the tie rod and drag link?

  • This kit will feature 1 inch solid steel tubing with its contents.

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Does this kit come in a 2010 model?

  • Currently RT Off-Road only offers the RT Off-Road Heavy-Duty Steering Kit w/ Stabilizer for the 1997-2006 Wranglers.

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4 More Questions
Does it fit right hand drive? 1 answer
Will this kit fit a 98 TJ with 4inch lift and 35s? 1 answer
Does this come with all the tie rod ends as well? 1 answer
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Customer Reviews (26) Write a Review

Overall Rating 4.3

out of 5 stars

  • Fit 4.730769 4.7
  • Bang For Your Buck 4.615385 4.6



  • 5/5

    February 22, 2019

    Perfect fit

    What a great upgrade for my TJ , you get what you pay for .

    EdgarR

    Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (2)

  • 5/5

    October 01, 2018

    Beefy

    Easy install, very robust Heavy duty Black Heavy

    KyleA

    Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (4)

  • 1/5

    July 13, 2018

    Support is horrible

    The package arrived damaged from shipping. One of the plastic boots meant to protect the tie rod end boot was cracked and had sliced the boot it was supposed to protect. Called support and they stated would get to the warehouse for replacement then never heard back from them so bought my own replacement boot. Support emailed back over a month later for my inquiry. Also one of the grease nipples would not take grease. The bolt for the stabilizing shock was just a everyday normal bolt and not the proper tapered bolt that should go in there. So all in all I had to buy a new tie rod end boot, a new grease nipple, and a new tapered bolt.

    PaulW

    Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    June 26, 2018

    Easy

    Fitment was perfect, finish is solid, feels heavy and durable. More substantial that the stock equipment and so far has improved the driveability.

    JohnU

    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    June 09, 2018

    Complete front end rebuild

    I'm currently rebuilding a wrangler from the frame up.i have purchased just about all the parts from extreme terrain.i started with a 2inch spacer lift with shocks.then ball joints axle u joints axle seal stabilizer links steering box hubs calipers pads steel braided flex lines and to round it out the heavy duty tie rod and pittman link.to install the tie rod and link I used a string around the whole jeep and adjusted everything to line up straight.then it was just a matter of centering the steering wheel.then tighten it all up install the correct pins and grease it.all the parts I used fit right and tight.thanks extreme terrain.

    Jack

    Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (7)

  • 5/5

    June 05, 2018

    Great fit

    Installation was a breeze. My only comment would be to add instructions for the steering stabilizer. The installation of the one included in the kit was intuitive

    Kevin61

    Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (5)

  • 3/5

    May 29, 2018

    3.5 about right

    While 4 stars seemed a little high, 3 seemed a little low. Definitely an upgrade from factory, but had to reuse my cotter pins and there were a coulpe of washers that were plastic and broke? Easy to install but had to search online how to do alignment, (no directions)

    JeffreyC

    Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (6)

  • 5/5

    May 29, 2018

    Steering kit

    Nice product but must have been package wrong, did not fit my Jeep.

    RussellB

    Year: 2004Submodel: Rubicon

    Helpful (6)

  • 4/5

    May 23, 2018

    M.S.

    Steering is tight and solid now. Boots seem a bit on the cheap side but I don't plan on rock crawling. It's Crown Automotive but seems a bit beefier than oem. Thanks ET, received on time. Only thing was the box was open upon arrival.

    MS

    Year: 2005Submodel: Wrangler Unlimited

    Helpful (6)

  • 5/5

    May 18, 2018

    Steering linkage slack

    Good quality, easy installation , made my Jeep much better.

    KentT

    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    May 02, 2018

    Perfect

    Fast shipping took little time to install and rides like a new jeep again

    ChrisS

    Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (5)

  • 1/5

    April 29, 2018

    no working numbers no customer service whatsoever.

    theres no operational phone numbers or customer service - i got no receipt or instructions in box - your company is scary . free shipping on orders over 75. but checkout doesnt reflect that - i got charged the same amount of money for rollbar handles as for headlights yet the straps get mailed in an envelope

    ChristopherJ

    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (11)

  • 4/5

    April 01, 2018

    Pretty good so far!

    Install is pretty simple, but any other product would be the same. Parts are all pretty heavy duty but haven't put any real miles on it yet, and no trail time. The ball joints are all pretty nice, only complaint there so far is a few the grease fittings will be a little harder to get to once its all mounted up. My only other complaint is that I had to cut one of the bolts to get my stock steering stabilizer out, and this set only comes with 1 bolt/nut/washer set for the stabilzer.... if you have a 20 year old, rusty and crusty Ohio TJ like me, you might need to buy an extra bolt, nut and washers for either the drag link or axle side of the steering stabilizer. All-in-all, not too bad for under $200.

    Mike

    Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (7)

  • 5/5

    January 30, 2018

    Good upgrade from stock

    This product is visibly heavier than the stock unit. Bolted into place easily and drives like new.

    KellieT

    Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (6)

  • 4/5

    January 29, 2018

    Great upgrade

    Very solid feeling upgrade, especially for the price. Install took about an hour--once I got the old tie rod ends out, that is. Turnbuckle strap bolts take a 15mm on the bolt, 18mm on the nut, which was a little strange, and the hardware kit for the stabilizer included some metal tubes with no explanation of purpose, so that was weird.

    DanielE

    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (6)

  • 5/5

    December 21, 2017

    Great product

    Good product for your money. I would recommend. I like that it is heavy duty. Good replacement for oem part.

    SamuelA

    Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (5)

  • 5/5

    December 12, 2017

    Thx

    Appears to be heavy duty. Seems lie it will do the job.

    JoelD

    Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (6)

  • 5/5

    November 22, 2017

    very easy to install

    It looks hard to install but it was not basic tools is all you need. Did mine in a few hours or less then went had an alignment done to check the front end out.

    PaulH

    Year: 2004Submodel: Rubicon

    Helpful (6)

  • 5/5

    October 04, 2017

    Great so far!

    Had death wobble pretty bad whenever I got from 55-60 mph. Haven't had it since

    BustMaster

    Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (7)

  • 5/5

    September 21, 2017

    Great product

    Good heavy duty front end for stock or small lift. Easy to put on.

    AlexL

    Year: 2004Submodel: Wrangler

    Helpful (5)