(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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.
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Features, Description, Reviews, Q&A, Specs & Installation
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
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February 22, 2020
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 quickHelpful (0)
February 15, 2020
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.Helpful (0)
February 04, 2020
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 jeepHelpful (0)
December 31, 2019
Fast delivery and exactly as described. Worked out great for the Jeep!!!!Helpful (0)
October 28, 2019
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.Helpful (0)
October 17, 2019
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 thoughHelpful (0)
October 06, 2019
Heavy duty steering kit
Aweaome heavy duty easy to install and my death wobble is goneHelpful (0)
February 22, 2019
What a great upgrade for my TJ , you get what you pay for .Helpful (2)
October 01, 2018
Easy install, very robust Heavy duty Black HeavyHelpful (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.Helpful (6)
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.
Does this come with all the tie rod ends as well?
Yes, this kit includes the full tie rod with both ends.
Will this work on RHD TJ
No, this would only work for LHD vehicles.
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.
This will work with most any lift kit.
You can likely get replacement tie rods directly through Crown Automotive.
This kit will feature 1 inch solid steel tubing with its contents.
Currently RT Off-Road only offers the RT Off-Road Heavy-Duty Steering Kit w/ Stabilizer for the 1997-2006 Wranglers.
The RT Off-Road Heavy-Duty Steering Kit is designed for left-hand drive Wranglers.
Yes, the Crown Automotive Heavy-Duty Steering Kit w/ Stabilizer will fit a TJ with a 4 inch lift and 35's.
The Crown Automotive Heavy-Duty Steering Kit w/ Stabilizer (97-06 Wrangler TJ) will fit your 2005 Jeep Wrangler with a 3.5 inch lift and aftermarket wheels, just fine.
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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