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Heavy Duty Steering Kit with Steering Stabilizer (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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      Review & Installation 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

      Product Information

      Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation


      • 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


      Specs. If you need serious control off-road, then you need to checkout these 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

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (33)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.2 out of 5 overall rating from 33 customers

      • February 22, 2020

        5 2002 Wrangler - TJW

        HD steering kit

        I would highly recommend but if you are not a patient person the threading was a bit difficult. But as soon as you get it going, the installation went quick

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      • February 15, 2020

        4 1997 Wrangler - Sctech11

        Good so far

        Installation was easy, doing the alignment I had a problem with the threads but so far the steering is tight and my death wobble is gone. Seems like a very nice kit. Only reason for 4 starts is because I haven’t had it for very long, so I’ll update after a while of using it.

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      • February 04, 2020

        1 1997 Wrangler - TjBouncer

        Not recommended

        Not impressed at all. The threads on the adjustments wouldn't screw easily like they should. I messed up all 4 threads because the threads on the sleeve clamps werent cut the same all the way through. I had to use a pipe wrench and vice grips to shorten the length of drag link and tie rod both and the destroyed the good looking black finish that I was after. It took longer to adjust the lengths than it did to take the old ones off the jeep

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      • December 31, 2019

        5 2003 Wrangler - MattT

        Great Service

        Fast delivery and exactly as described. Worked out great for the Jeep!!!!

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      • October 28, 2019

        4 2005 Wrangler - Jim

        Easy to install

        Kit was easy to install, although the stabilizer stack was a little difficult to understand which washers and sleeves go where. Had the death wobble, between this kit and new tires, no more wobble.

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      • October 17, 2019

        2 2004 Wrangler - NickMc

        Tie rod end bushing (driverside)

        Tie rod end on the driver side. It’s bushing lasted less than 24 hours with the correct foot pounds applied and the correct amount Of grease.... literally the same day while driving I turn and hear “clunking” and sure enough I look under and the bushing has exploded. The quality of the metal seems to be fairly heavy duty though

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      • October 06, 2019

        5 2006 Wrangler - Joe88

        Heavy duty steering kit

        Aweaome heavy duty easy to install and my death wobble is gone

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      • February 22, 2019

        5 1999 Wrangler - EdgarR

        Perfect fit

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

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      • October 01, 2018

        5 1999 Wrangler - KyleA


        Easy install, very robust Heavy duty Black Heavy

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      • July 13, 2018

        1 2002 Wrangler - PaulW

        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.

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      Questions & Answers (12 answers)

      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.

      Helpful (3)

      Does this come with all the tie rod ends as well?

      • Yes, this kit includes the full tie rod with both ends.

      Helpful (1)

      Will this work on RHD TJ

      • No, this would only work for LHD vehicles.

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      Will this work on a 4inch lift?

      What if you’re running 33’s.... and go moderate wheeling about every other month?

      • This would be a great upgrade for your application.  

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      What lifts will this fit? 1 answer
      Can you order replacement tie rods for this kit 1 answer
      Do you know that diameter of the tie rod and drag link? 1 answer
      Does this kit come in a 2010 model? 1 answer
      Does it fit right hand drive? 1 answer
      Will this kit fit a 98 TJ with 4inch lift and 35s? 1 answer
      Will this go on my 2005 Jeep Wrangler with a 3.5 inch suspension lift with aftermarket wheels? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Tie Rod
      • (1) Drag Link
      • (1) Steering Stabilizer
      • Hardware

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

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