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Steering Kit (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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      Video Review & Installation

      Justin: If your TJ is suffering from poor handling and steering, or maybe you've suffered from that dreaded death wobble, then upgrading to a fresh steering kit like we have here today would certainly be a great start. Now, the steering kit that we're talking about in this video is currently one of the most affordable OE Style replacements for the '97 to '06 Jeeps that will include a brand new drag link, tie rod ends, and a new steering stabilizer, all for the mid-$200 price point.So, again, this is gonna be a super affordable means to freshening up some of the vital steering components in your TJ. Now, there are several reasons why you might wanna go about doing this, but typically they include a combination of floppy steering feel, maybe unusual tire-wear, some loud or odd noises when turning, and finally, that dreaded death wobble. Now, if you've already eliminated the other possible causes of death wobble such as a loose track bar, for instance, or maybe some bad bushings, then moving on to some new steering components would be the next thing to check off the list.Now, this OE Styled option, again, is gonna be great if you have a stock or even a mild lifted TJ, and you don't need any hardcore components for serious abuse or crawling. Now, if you do subject your rig to some more abuse and are running a bigger lift and even bigger tires, well then, going with an upgraded kit or some components is never gonna be a bad idea. And of course, you can find a ton of other options here at XT.Now, as you guys can see, this package is gonna consist of heavy-duty steel for the overall construction, and that is finished off in a black powder coat to help prevent any corrosion on that steel over the years. Now, steering stabilizer here is brand new, nice and fresh, some fresh bushings in there for you. And the tie rod ends do come equipped with some zerk fittings here, as you guys can see, that will allow you to grease things up to help prolong the life of the ends themselves.Now, this kit is backed by a 12-month or 12,000-mile warranty, just in case you should run into any issues. The kit does also include some brand new fresh hardware, cotter pins, castle nuts, all that good stuff needed to help get everything in place. Which means now's a great time to segue into the install here, guys. So, that's gonna go a soft three out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter, a few hours to get in place from start to finish. But to give you a better idea of just how this install will go down, check out our detailed walkthrough and tool breakdown brought to us by an XT customer now.Man: So this is the tool that we end up using for the project. We use the drive ratchet, half-inch and three-eighths. We use different sizes. We use the 13s for the small bolts. We use the 19s and three-fourths for the tie rods, the bolts. We use the 15s and the 17s for the tying nut on the bar. We use the following drive sets to remove the old tie rod bolts. We use these ones for the tie ends and the bushing. And we use this one to remove the one that was on the steering case. We had a flathead and a hammer, just in case we needed it, we didn't have the opportunity to use it as much as we thought we were gonna be using it. So, basically, this is the tool that we use, and that's are my recommendation.All right. So, the first thing you wanna do is use some PB Blaster or WD40, depends on what you wanna use to loosen your bolts. Just go ahead and spray a little bit on it, make sure that it stays there and helps loose your bolts. So, you could lift your vehicle with a jack and some secure towers. In my case, my Jeep is lift already for about three inches plus the big tires. I don't need to lift it. So, we're gonna try it this way.So, something that I read online that it was recommended is to measure from corner to corner to adjust and make sure that the new parts are the same size. So I'm measuring right now from here to here, and then I will measure also from here to here. And I will make sure that the new parts have more or less the same length, so my steering alignment don't be so off. And when I take it to an alignment, it's easier job for them.After the lubricant has done this job of losing the bolts, you're gonna go ahead and remove the safety pins from each bolt. You have one, two, three, four, five. You could use a flathead to spring the pins. Once you have done that, you could use some pliers. There you go. There's no need to worry if it breaks or not, as the steering kit brings new pin for this. You repeat this same step for all five, and once you're done, you move to the next step.All right. So, after you have taken all the safety pins out from the five bolts, my recommendation would be to remove first from the steering shock. That would be a 19 or a 3/4 socket. And once you do that, then this will be free and I will move on to the other one, which will be this part here.So we're gonna go ahead and remove all the bolts, loose them. This gonna require a 19 or a three-quarters. And we're gonna go one by one, removing them, loosen them to make sure that we have room to work. All right. So, after we remove all the bolts, I have noticed people using different methods to remove every part. I have seen people use hammer. Some of them lift the bolt and hit it with the hammer, hit it on the side using the fork. They just lift it and take it out, pry it out. Use different hard parts to remove it. I found that using the front end service kit, you could just put it in and then use your wrench to remove it. That method works perfect for me. There you go.And this was the easiest way without damaging any parts. You remove that easy. Everything comes out. You can use that for all your other parts too. It will be just in a way of finding the best way to fit for you. So, as I stated, I'm gonna be using the front end service kit. So, we're gonna go ahead and use it. And this time we're gonna use a 19, we're gonna go at it.And as you see, little by little, it's coming out. So it's really easy to use. There you go, it's out. The part is out completely. The same can be used as we use it here, here, we're gonna use it in this tie rod and this tie rod end also. So we're gonna go ahead, and easy as that, we got it. That's the trick.So now we're gonna be removing the bolt and screw from the chassis for the steering shock. It's a 15 and a 18 in the back. Once it has been removed, just lift it and pull it. That will be all for now. Now we're gonna go and start measuring and make sure that the new parts are the same size as the old parts. So we want to go ahead and grab our tape measurement. And as we did earlier, we gonna measure this one. Forty-two. We want to make sure that this one is about 42 also. From here to here. So we get this one from here to here, it's 42. This one, from here to here, it's 44. That means, we have to go in a little bit more to make sure we are at 42 and 42. Forty-two.We want to make sure that it is tight a little bit, this part here, and both ends, always with the tightening part towards the opening. So, that way, it ties correctly to those ends. So now you want to tie just a little bit, not too strong, because just in case you need to move it around. It's gonna be 13 on both ends. So I'm using a 13 and a half to make sure that I have both. I'm just gonna tie it so it doesn't move any longer and you will need to make sure that the screw tying part is in the top, aligned with the lines to open.Gonna do the same thing in both ends. All right. So we're gonna now measure this one from the same spot. This one is about 37. So we're gonna make sure that the new part is about the same size also. So wanna make sure that we have the tightings in the right position. So let's go ahead and move one. We're gonna have one on each side. Make sure we have one on this side and one in the other side. You wanna make sure when you are on your vehicle installment, that you set up this to be in the easiest access area, just in case you need to move it later on, you have easy access to be able to move them.So now you're gonna go ahead and install it back, the other part. So we are gonna measure from corner to corner, 37, the old part is 37 also. So we are set now to install. We are now gonna compare the new parts with the old parts. And as you see, it's perfect fit. So, on this location, you're gonna go ahead and push this part through it. It doesn't matter which side because, as you know, you can move it. You will use the big washer. You will use the pressure washer and the nut. Here you're gonna be using a size 14 to tight it. And so it's tightened. It doesn't matter which way it is as we can move it.All right. So now we're gonna move in to install this first. All right, so, the first step I will be taking is installing the shocks. The only thing different here is that you will have to use the old bolts and nuts for this as it does not bring bolt and nuts for this part. So, just go ahead and use the same ones that you took off. Install them. You will use the same tools that you used to take it off, which is the 18 and the 15.So we're gonna go ahead and install it. I would recommend just tight it enough to where it still be able to move. But it's secure not to be in the way. Okay. So now we're gonna go ahead and install this part here. And then we're gonna bolt this back to the steering wheel box. So, first, this one you're gonna push down the rubber, push it in enough until you have space to put the nut. No need to tie it yet. Okay. So now we're gonna just install this to the bar. We had to remove it from the steering box.Take it down. You're gonna come here, insert it. You're gonna use, put it back in the steering box. You're gonna put the nut just to secure it, not tightened up yet. Now we're gonna use the pressure nut, the pressure washer and the nut that it came with the package. And, you know, just put it to secure, no tightness yet. So far now, we have the drag bar, steering, shocks, and the steering box tight enough.You wanna keep this to a position where you know it's easier to work on it. So now we're gonna start the link here from the tire on the driver side to this bar right here, you wanna make sure that you're using the grease injection spot, the one that is going down. So you're gonna just put it in, gonna put the bolt just to secure it, not tightening it yet, we're tightening at the end. And the same thing at the other end. We're gonna make sure that we take out the bolt and we put it at the position.So now we're gonna measure to make sure it's the same length as the other one. The other one was 42. This one is 42 on the dot also. So now we're gonna move in to tying everything. We wanna make sure that we have all our nuts and tyings towards the bottom to make it easier to tight. And remember, the tightening part is gonna go with the opening of the bar. So now we are moving to tying everything that we have put in.So the first thing we're gonna tight is the shock. As a reminder, it's a 19 in one side and a 15 in the other. Right, so we're gonna go back, connect the links. Put the nut, and we're gonna go ahead and tight it now as much as we can. For this one, we're gonna be using the 19. You wanna make sure that the holes for the pins, secure pins, are enough out so you could put your secure pin and this moment it's not, so I still have to go a little bit further in.All right, so we're gonna continue tying all the bolts and nuts. We're gonna go to this right here. Remember, you wanna tie it until it's good enough that you see the pins. The hole for the security pin. Okay. Contrary to the factory one, this one does not have a security hole for the pin. This one has a pressure wash, so we will just tie it until we feel that it's comfortable and strong enough. Once we have this one tight, you probably wanna give a little bit more tightness than the top one. Remember, that one is a 14. Perfect.So now we're gonna be tying the one that connects to the steering box. This one is using 18. And once again, remember, you wanna tie it until you have the holes for the safety pins available clearly. So now we're gonna go ahead and tight this one. Same. You wanna tie it enough into the hole for the safety pin is available for you to use. You don't wanna do super tight that you could break it, just enough that the safety pins' holes are available to be seen.So now we're gonna be using the pins that were provided by the product supplier. We're gonna go ahead and install the pins on the security holes. Push them all the way in. You may have to like tap them a little bit. Once you got them in, you wanna go ahead and twist the pin to make sure it is safe and will move nowhere.Okay. So now we're gonna go ahead and put the last pin. We're gonna push it a little bit and then just make sure that it's good enough and you wanna bend it at the end. Now we're gonna go ahead and tie the brackets. Here we're gonna use a 14 in the top and a 17 in the bottom. So now we're gonna tight this bracket here, it's a 13 on each side. So, here, we're gonna tie the same thing, 13 in each side.Justin: So, if you are looking to freshen up some vital steering components on your TJ for a very affordable price, then be sure to check out this OE Style steering kit today, right here at

      Product Information

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


      • OEM Replacement Style Tie Rod System
      • Direct Fit Installation
      • Solid Steel Composition
      • Black Powder Coat Finish
      • Advanced Mechanical Skill Required for Installation
      • Comes with a 12 Month/ 12,000 Mile Warranty
      • Fits 1997 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJs


      Keep Your Wrangler Functioning Optimally With New Tie Rods. Adventurous Jeep drivers are more likely to experience loss of steering performance due to impacts and aggressive maneuvering. Damaged, worn or weakened tie rods can lead to steering drift, unpredictable steering and worn tires. Make sure your Jeep is safe and functioning properly with this Steering Kit. The assembly is a premium, OEM style replacement for your Jeep Wrangler TJ. For improved control and safety, go with this Steering Kit.

      Stay the Course Safely With a Tie Ride Overhaul. Enjoy restored steering control on and off the road with this Steering Kit. With the assembly, you’ll bring back the confident, sure steering that you remember the first time you drove your Wrangler. Stay between the lines and experience renewed handling confidence with this Steering Kit.

      Quality and Convenience Are Synonymous. For more than 50 years, Manufacturer has built a reputation as a Jeep replacement parts manufacturer that uses only the best materials and the latest production techniques. They designed the Steering Kit for easy installation that requires no fitting, machine work or modification. Invest in this Steering Kit for a superior replacement component that’s easy to install and will deliver reliable service for many years.

      Installation. Installing this Steering Kit takes approximately 2 to 3 hours. The project requires advanced mechanical skill.

      Application. This Steering Kit fits 1997 to 2006 Jeep Wrangler TJs.



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      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (2) Tie Left Rod End
      • (2) Tie Right Rod End
      • (1) Steering Stabilizer
      • Installation Hardware

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