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Rugged Ridge Monster Tie Rod w/ Tie Rod Ends (97-06 Jeep Wrangler TJ)

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    • 1018 Steel
    • Tapered Ends
    • Greasable
    • DOM Tubing with No Seams or Welds to Fail
    • 53,000 Pound Per Square Inch Yield Strength
    • 7/8 Inch Tie Rod Ends
    • 0.25 Inch Wall Thickness
    • Fits 1997 - 2006 Wrangler TJ Models

    Review & Installation Video

    Review & Install Video

    This is for those of you that have bent, or otherwise banged up or broken your tie rod on the trails. The tie rod does hang in a location that it can fairly easily be banged up on the rocks. If you're going to be replacing it, you might as well replace it with something much stronger than factory to give you the peace of mind of knowing that's not going to happen the next time you're out on the trail. So this is going to be significantly stronger than that factory tie rod would be, and this is also going to be right around the same price as the other heavy-duty tie rods that are on the market, making this a pretty good choice. This is made out of a 1018 DOM steel tube. So there are no welds. There are no seams. This is solid, drawn-over mandrel tubing, which is going to be very, very strong. It's actually going to be a quarter-inch wall thickness. The tie rods themselves are seven-eighths-inch tie rods. They are a taper fit, so they're going to fit right into those factory steering knuckles without any issues. Of course, this is going to be double-adjustable, so you can very easily set the tow of the Jeep while this is still installed. It comes with your castle nuts, it comes with your grease fittings, and of course with your cotter pins to make sure everything stays together. This also comes preassembled with your jam nuts already set and ready to go. Now, when you do install something like this, I always recommend using a good bit of anti-seize between the tie rod and the rod itself. That'll ensure that you can adjust the tow down the line without things rusting solid. But anytime you have a jam nut in play, you want to make sure that there's no anti-seize underneath the jam nut, or it won't be able to do its job. Getting this installed is going to be a very simple one out of three-wrench installation that shouldn't take you more than an hour to complete. The first step is, of course, removing that factory tie rod, which you'll do by removing the cotter pins, and then removing the castle nuts. Now, depending on the situation of your Jeep, depending on how much rust you have or the last time you removed your tie rod, you may have some trouble getting those castle nuts off with just a wrench or a socket. The castle nut could be fused to the shaft on the tie rod end, and the whole ball could be spinning on the inside of that tie rod end. So you may have to use an impact, whether it's air or power, to get that removed. Once you have the castle nut off, chances are, because these are a taper fit, that the tie rod end is still going to be stuck inside of your steering knuckle. The best way to get that removed is not to hit down on the threaded end of the tie rod end, but actually hit perpendicular to that tie rod end on the steering knuckle. That's going to be the best way to pop that taper fit out. Once you have that removed completely, you can set your old tie rod end on the ground next to your new one, and make some adjustments to get your new tie rod set to the proper length. That's going to affect the tow of your Jeep. Once you roughly have that set, go ahead and set the jam nut, so nothing changes. Get it set into your steering knuckles, and use the castle nuts that are included to get this bolted into place, finally, installing the cotter pins to ensure that those castle nuts can't back out. Now, at this point, you can go ahead and set your tow further if you don't want to go based off of the measurements that you already took. There are a couple of ways to set your tow in your driveway. It is going to be a fairly simple process. At the end of this installation, before you drive down the road, you are going to want to install your Zerk fittings. You're going to want to grease this up and make sure you have plenty of grease on those tie rod ends to ensure that they wear properly. This tie rod comes in at right around $145, and most of the other ones on the website are going to be of a similar price and a similar strength. So I think this is a pretty good buy if you're looking for something stronger than factory. So that's my review of the Rugged Ridge monster tie rod with tie rod ends, fitting your 1997 to 2006 TJ, that you can find right here at

    Build. Rugged Ridge's heavy duty tie rod with tie rod ends is a perfect choice to solve your Jeep's issues with bent tie rods. This high quality replacement part is made of 11.25 OD SAE 1018 steel and features a wall thickness of 0.25 inches. The steel is cold rolled and drawn through dies, and there are no seams or welds, a quality of true DOM tubing, to worry about.

    Additional Info. This part features a bolt-on solution for preventing bent tie rods from wheeling with larger tires. Heavy duty 7/8 inch rod ends feature standard tapered ends that will fit stock knuckle applications. You will get one ton strength without any modifications to your steering knuckles. Rugged Ridge backs this tie rod with a 5 year limited warranty for your added protection.

    Application. Fits 1997 - 2006 Wrangler TJ models.

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

    MPN# 18050.51

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    What's in the Box
    • (1) Tie Rod
    • (2) Tie Rod Ends
    Installation Info
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    Questions & Answers (6)

    5 Top Rated Questions

    Will this fit a non lifted Jeep...I have plans down the road for a 2 inch lift. Right now I am stock

    • Yes, this tie rod will work even if your Jeep doesn't have any lift.

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    Can i run this tie rod with the stock drag link for the time being until i can afford a new drag link?

    • The Rugged Ridge Monster Tie Rod will have no issues working with the OEM drag link.

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    Do you sell a HD steering for a 2000 TJ with RHD? Thanks Geo

    • No, at this time we do not offer a HD steering system for RHD models.

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    How long is this bar? I'm trying to replace what appears to me an aftermarket bar that is about 44" long without tie rods.

    • The Rugged Ridge Monster Tie Rod tube length will be 33 7/8" without the tie rod ends installed. Overall length with tie rod ends installed will depend on the adjustment you set.

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    I am worried of the quality of the Rod ends on this part if they were to fail can they be replaced with another brand of ends such as Moog, or another brand?

    • The Rugged Ridge Monster Tie Rod will use larger than stock tie rod ends (7/8" Diameter), requiring larger than stock tie rod ends for replacement.

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    Overall Rating 4.6

    out of 5 stars

    • Fit 4.75 4.8
    • Bang For Your Buck 4.5625 4.6

    • 1/5

      October 15, 2018


      Rugged Ridge doesn't stand behind their product when it comes to trail use so why should you trust it? I bent it on some very moderate wheeling up at shaver and after asking if it was under warranty they said they do not replace parts that have been damaged during use... Well then don't make a product and claim it is a Monster when it can't even handle Strawberry Springs trail


      Year: 2002Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      July 14, 2018

      Solid Part

      The fit of the product was great. No interference from stock part that has the bend on a 2 inch lift.


      Year: 1998Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      April 28, 2018

      Tie rod

      Fit perfectly way stronger than the original I used it in mohab with no problems


      Year: 2004Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      February 20, 2018

      Strong tie rod

      Easy to install. Old factory one out and new one in along with 4" RC LIFT. Extremely satisfied


      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      December 30, 2017


      Awesome purchase I love it and so does the TJ! I would highly recommend this product to anyone!


      Year: 2001Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      November 21, 2017


      It fits perfect and is more durable then oem. Easy to adjust and is over all good in quality.


      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      September 28, 2017


      Only took 20 minutes to install. my old tie rod was bent like a bow and I can't imagine this replacement is capable of bending. Do yourself a favor and replace your stock toothpick tie rod.


      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      September 15, 2017

      Very Beefy

      Great upgrade for the TJ steering rod. Much beefier than the stock one and easy to install.


      Year: 2003Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      August 24, 2017

      Heavy duty

      Compared to the factory. Fits good. Easy swap. Fit and finish is good.


      Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      June 14, 2017

      So far so good

      I've been driving on it for a few days and its been working just fine. It seems like a solid replacement for the flimsy original tie rod. No problems with it yet, and the install was easy, only took about an hour.


      Year: 1999Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      March 09, 2017

      No complaints

      Haven't had the opportunity to be too rough on it yet but no complaints thus far. I know it sounds weird, but I'm not overly mechanically enclosed and I found the customer service and online/live chat help from far surpasses that of any other I've ever dealt with! And to think, I almost spent twice as much at Firestone... silly me. Thanks!!!


      Year: 2004Submodel: Rubicon

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    • 5/5

      March 07, 2017

      Monster tie rod with tie rod ends

      Fast shipping. .looks very heavy duty. Went on easy with no problems. Even looks good on the jeep


      Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      October 17, 2016

      good pruduct

      I have not had time off work to put this bad boy in but I am this sat. By the look's of this tie rod it is exactly what they said, it is heavy duty, just what I wanted. Thank you.


      Year: 2000Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 5/5

      October 15, 2016

      Perfect fit.

      Bent my old stock tie rod which created the dreaded "Death Wobble" ordered this tie rod and had it switched out in half hour. Death wobble is gone and I'm back on the trail!


      Year: 1997Submodel: Wrangler

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    • 4/5

      March 30, 2015

      Tie rod

      This installed and adjusted nicely. All I needed was a 3/4 and an all 16th wrench. Definitely recommend this to others


      Year: 1997Weathersfield, VT, USA

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    • 5/5

      February 27, 2014

      Rugged Ridge Monster Tie Rod w/ Tie Rod Ends

      I bought this to beef up my front end after lifting my TJ and installing 33" Tires. It seemed I needed to do something to help with a slight shimmy and it helped a lot. The guys at Beeline Alignment said the TJ front end is really whimpy and it obviously is. I'm happy with the 1 1/4 " tie rod that dwarfs the 7/8" factory one. If you lift your jeep, save some bucks and install this tie rod at the same time and before having it aligned. Happy Jeeping ! Ted


      Year: 2004

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