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

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      Review & Installation 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

      Product Information

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


      • 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


      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

      CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm -


      Customer Reviews (22)

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      Ratings Summary

      4.7 out of 5 overall rating from 22 customers

      • December 01, 2019

        5 2002 Wrangler - KevinG

        Nice beefy upgrade over oem

        Purchased my TJ with a 3.5 inch lift still using the oem tie rod. It was bent into oblivion. This tie rod was a nice beefy replacement and has handled some hard wheeling just fine. I can’t comment on install because I had a shop install it while welding on some new control arm brackets.

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      • November 28, 2019

        5 2005 Rubicon - Heliboy

        Well built

        Not difficult to install, and VERY sensitive to adjustments, so be sure to hold it steady when you tighten the retaining nuts down. Seems very sturdy and well built.

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      • October 16, 2019

        5 2002 Wrangler - MattTwig

        Great Product!

        Super easy to install, great replacement for a bent rod or just looking for a more heavy duty tie rod. Great option.

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      • August 28, 2019

        5 2006 Wrangler - ScottL

        this this is beefy

        just got this and installed it in under 30 min the tie rode is 2x thicker than a stock one and the double jam nut design is way better that the clamp design on a stock one to hold the tire rod ends

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      • August 03, 2019

        5 1997 Wrangler - MarcBlake

        Better then oem

        Heavier then the oem, easy to adjust. Easy install.

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      • June 30, 2019

        5 2002 Wrangler - Nick

        Rugged Ridge Monster Tie Rod w/ Tie Rod Ends

        Very Heavy Duty. Months later of harsh crawling and vigorous off-roading, and still works perfectly.

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      • October 15, 2018

        1 2002 Wrangler - David


        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

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      • July 14, 2018

        5 1998 Wrangler - DanielB

        Solid Part

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

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      • April 28, 2018

        5 2004 Rubicon - KeithW

        Tie rod

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

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      • February 20, 2018

        5 2000 Wrangler - EricS

        Strong tie rod

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

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      Questions & Answers (8 answers)

      5 Top Rated Questions

      Does this RR Monster Tie Rod use heavy duty tie rod ends? If so, who manufactures the tie rod ends? Thank You

      • The Rugged Ridge Monster Tie Rod uses heavy duty tie rod ends made by Rugged Ridge.

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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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      I have an aftermarket diff cover (poison spyder). Will this tie rod clear it?

      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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      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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      3 More Questions
      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. 1 answer
      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? 1 answer
      does this part meant for lifted jeeps? 1 answer

      Installation & What's in the Box

      Installation Info

      What's in the Box

      • (1) Tie Rod
      • (2) Tie Rod Ends

      Tech Specs

      Will It Fit My Wrangler

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