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Hey, guys. So today, we're checking out this Steinjager Crossover Steering Kit, fitting all 1997 to 2006 TJ Wranglers with zero to 4 inches of lift. So if you have large wheels and tires or even a lift on your Wrangler and you're looking for steering that is gonna be more reliable as well as a lot more heavy-duty than the factory setup, this is gonna be a great choice to take a look at. So this is going to independently run your drag link and your tie rod separately in comparison to our factory setup that did have a Y-link construction. Now that's gonna improve your handling and improve the reliability of your steering, perfect for somebody who wants a little bit more out of their steering than just the average setup.Now this is also gonna be a lot more durable, perfect for that off-roader who wants something that's going to hold up on the trail. This is going to be made of a large DOM steel tubing, it's gonna have chromoly ends and you're even getting Heim joint ends which is going to increase your range of motion, perfect for you guys who just want that much more articulation while you are out on the trail. Not to mention this is also gonna add a pop of color underneath your Wrangler with that red powder coat and that's gonna be great for anybody who wants to match an existing color scheme or is just looking for their Jeep to stand out.Now with all of that being said, this is gonna be really affordable for what this brings to the table at roughly $250. Now when we take a look at some other options on the page, a lot of those choices are gonna stick with that Y-link construction and they are usually gonna be a bit more heavy-duty than stock, but in my personal opinion, I think that this really hits the nail on the head when it comes to a heavy-duty construction.There are also going to be a couple of other options on the page that do what run the tie rod and the drag link separately, however, some of those are going to be for a high steer kit. Now in my personal opinion, I think if you don't necessarily need something that's high steer, considering that this goes from zero to 4 inches of lift and you don't want that Y linkage, then this is gonna be something that's gonna give you a lot of durability, reliability, and strength out of a steering kit. So this is gonna be a great choice.Now I would like to mention that this will delete your steering stabilizer and you don't necessarily have to run one with this kit but if you would like to swap over your steering stabilizer or just mount up a new one to this kit, Steinjager does offer a bracket that is very affordable. Now the other thing is that if you have over 4 inches of lift, you can run this setup. However, you will need a drop Pitman arm in order to do so.As far as install goes, this is gonna be a two out of three wrenches on the difficulty meter because there is a decent amount of drilling required. We will have to drill out both of the knuckles as well as the Pitman arm, so just be aware of that and you also will need an alignment after it's all said and done. However speaking of that install, let's jump into that now.The tools that I used for my install were a torque wrench, a pry bar, a drill, a 5/8-inch drill bit, a hammer, an adjustable wrench, a 19-millimeter wrench, 1/2-inch drive ratchet, pair of needle-nose pliers, a 24 and 19-millimeter deep socket, 24 and 19-millimeter shallow socket, anti-seize as well as an impact wrench.So our first couple of steps are going to involve getting our Jeep up in the air, getting the front elevated so we can work on our steering and taking off our front two wheels. Now if you don't have the liberty of a lift and you are working on a jack and jack stands, what you want to do is jack up the front end and chock the rear wheels and take off those two front wheels.Next step is going to be to remove our cotter pins, we're gonna do it for either side of our knuckle as well as the ball joint connected to our Pitman arm. So our next step is gonna be to remove the top castle nut on our Pitman arm. It may be a little bit easier to use a breaker bar for this because we can't fit the impact in there but just to get it cracked free, breaker bar will do the job. It is gonna be a tight fit and the steering linkage will move when you do this. So just be mindful of that. All right. Now that it's cracked free, we can grab a ratchet and remove that nut.All right. So now that that is most of the way out, what we can do is do the same thing that we did with the knuckle and shock the ball joint out. You do want to be careful when you do this though because you don't want to actually mess up your steering box. Might be helpful to use a pry bar when doing this just to pull down on the drag link. There it goes.So our next step is to disconnect our steering stabilizer from our axle bracket here, I'm gonna be using a 15-millimeter socket for the actual bolt, but a 19-millimeter wrench for the nut on the other side. And then when we disconnect the rest of our steering this should come out with it. So now since everything's loose, we can start to disconnect everything. So I'm just gonna take a 19-millimeter wrench, fully remove the castle nuts on either side and our drag link. All right, then we can do the same thing on the other sides. All right, now we're just connected by the Pitman arm there. All right and everything should come out as one.Before we hop into the install, I wanted to stop down and give you guys a comparison on our factory system sitting next to our Steinjager crossover system and tell you guys a little bit more of the benefits that you're gonna get out of this over your factory steering setup. Now right off the bat, when we take a look at our factory linkage, this is going to consist of your drag link as well as your tie rod and it is gonna have a junction in the middle. This is also gonna come with the steering stabilizer connected to your drag link.The factory steering setup is going to be perfect for that stock application and if you have no to very little lift on your Wrangler. However, if you do lift your Jeep, it can put some extra wear and tear on this steering itself as well as the ball joints. And you can even see on our factory linkage that the boots are ripped and they're leaking and just not going to give us the best performance and that's what we want and that's exactly what the Steinjager option is going to give us.Now the actual construction of this, your factory tie rod is going to be roughly 3/4 of an inch and then your factory drag link is going to be 7/8 of an inch roughly. And then when we move over to the Steinjager system, you can tell that that is going to be a lot beefier. Now this is gonna be made of a 1.5-inch DOM steel tubing and that's going to be able to take a lot more abuse on the trail, resist any bending or breaking.Now you're also getting 3/4-inch chromoly end links and those are going to be incredibly stronger than our factory ball joints. Not to mention, you're also getting a Heim joint in there which is going to give you some more articulation when it comes to the trail. So not only is this going to be a lot more durable as a setup compared to our factory system but this is going to separate the tie rod and the drag link which is going to give you a little bit more of a responsive feel in your steering wheel and it's also again going to give you that extra articulation that you may want on the trail.I would also like to mention that as the Steinjager options sits right out of the box, it will not accept the factory steering stabilizer. Now you don't necessarily need to mount it up. Steinjager has one of their Jeeps without a steering stabilizer, but if you would like to at mount up your factory steering stabilizer or another one, they also do what make a very affordable bracket that you can purchase separately. So enough about these two sitting on the table, let's go ahead and put our new one together.What we can start to do now is attach our end links as well as our jam nuts to the ends of our drag link as well as our tie rod. So what I am going to do first is just thread on the jam nut and then we can thread this into either end. So what I am gonna do is just add a little bit of anti-seize and this is just going to allow it to free up if we ever have to adjust this in the future. [inaudible 00:08:59] thread this in. And then I'm not actually gonna tighten down the jam nut just yet. Want to get it on the Jeep and get everything pre-aligned and then we can tighten it down. We can do the same for the other side.So before we can install our kit, we do need to drill out both of our knuckles as well as our Pitman arm to 5/8 of an inch in order to fit our hardware. Now this is going to be roughly half of an inch already. So what I'm gonna do is start the top with a step bit and then we can finish it out with a 5/8-inch drill bit.Last but not least, we can drill out our Pitman arm. Now you can remove this and put it in a vise and drill it out that way, however, if you don't want to do that because it is a little difficult to get this off, what we can do is just throw it out while it's attached to our steering box. What we can do first is attach our drag link. Now we're gonna start up at the Pitman arm, making sure that the bend is facing the knuckle and not up at the top here. We can take our provided bolt and washer, put that through our drag link here. So now we can attach our drag link to our Pitman arm making sure that the bolt and both of the washers are facing the correct direction. We can put this through and secure it down with the nut. Now we'll be able to tighten everything in just a second, we want to get everything secured first. Now we can head over to the knuckle while still holding the drag link. We can secure this in the knuckle. What we can do next is attach one side of our tie rod. We can secure that provided nut and then head to the other side to secure the other side of our tie rod, making sure that the bends are facing out.Now that everything's bolted up, what I would recommend to do is give your Jeep a pre-alignment, what I did was just measured out the factory settings for the drag link and the tie rod and match them with our new components. Now I would like to call out that this is not gonna be double adjustable, you will not be able to adjust the tie rod or the drag link while it's mounted up to your Wrangler, you will have to disconnect one side and then adjust it thereafter. So what I'm gonna do now since I have already pre-aligned it is just tighten down the jam nuts with an adjustable wrench.What we can do now is tighten up our bolts. I'm gonna be using that same adjustable wrench but also a 24-millimeter socket. So now we can tighten up the drag link at the top of the Pitman arm. All right, now we can torque these down to spec.So our last step is just a torque everything down. I'm gonna torque down this to factory specs, the tie rod is going to be 65 foot-pounds and then our drag link up at the Pitman arm that is going to be 55. All right.So that's gonna wrap it up for my review and install. Make sure you like and subscribe. 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Reinforced Safety and Steering Control. Bring in more wheel control and safety to your off-roading by upgrading your factory steering system to the Red Baron Crossover Steering Kit from Steinjager. This steering system is designed to handle various levels of all-terrain use and abuse, while providing you with more precise steering. It also minimizes bump steer by keeping the tie rod as close to parallel to the axle as possible. Furthermore, the bold red finish attractively imparts a sense of powerful elegance to your TJ’s rugged outdoor presence.
Long-Lasting Functionality. This Crossover Steering Kit consists of a reinforced tie rod and a drag link made of heavy-duty, 1.50-inch DOM tubing with 0.25-inch wall thickness. This particular construction exhibits superior surface finishing, high tensile strength, improved dimensional accuracy, and exceptional weld integrity to hold up well with off-road use. The red baron, powder-coat finish further reinforces the tubing with higher resistance to scratches, chipping, and wearing. Moreover, the 0.75-inch chrome moly ends with their improved load-bearing capacity provide more stable performance.
Simple Installation With Drilling. Installing this Crossover Steering Kit requires that the Pitman arm and spindles be drilled out to .625-inch. The drag link connects to the Pitman arm and to the passenger spindle, while the tie rod connects to the spindles on both sides. The installation process completes with moderate mechanical skills needed. Re-alignment is highly recommended after installation.
Limited Warranty. Steinjager backs this Crossover Steering Kit with a limited warranty against factory defects in materials and workmanship for a period of 1 year from the date of purchase. Some exclusions may apply. Please see the terms and conditions for full details.
Application. Steinjager specifically designed the Red Baron Crossover Steering Kit to be used on all 1997-2006 Jeep Wrangler TJ models that is lifted between 0-4 inches.
Note. It is recommended that you either have 4-inch or less backspacing and a minimum 16-inch rim. Factory 15-inch rims may rub the heim joints.
Fitment: 1997 1998 1999 2000 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2006
CA Residents: WARNING: Cancer and Reproductive Harm - www.P65Warnings.ca.gov
(approx) 2 Hours
Light to Moderate mechanical skill required.
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