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Rough Country HD Steering Upgrade Kit

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I was looking at purchasing the Rough Country Hd Steering upgrade kit. Was wondering if anyone else has that kit and if they like it or not?
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Give me a link to it so I can see it
I would say that you will not be happy with that kit. It changes the position of the tie rod mount and drag link. That produces tie rod roll and will give you the impression you have sloppy steering. You would be better off just replacing the tie rod with the ZJ V8 tie rod or similar product and you will have all the steering you need. I have never yet seen a ball joint stud fail, so they are plenty strong enough and all you have to do is keep them lubed and they will perform well
My steering already feels horrible. The steering wheel feels right but if you hit a pot whole or anything is will jerk to the left or right. And if ya steering back other way it jerks that way. It seems to sway or something. That’s why was looking at upgrading the steering.
Yes, show me pics that include the track bar, drag link and tie rod
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I think you have bump steer and if you don't fix that, your upgrade will leave you disappointed. Take some pics of your steering linkage. If the drag link and track bar are on different planes, you will get bump steer. Also make sure all your steering and suspension components are tight.
I just posted some pictures but not sure if they will help or not.
I had a steering setup similar to this, the only difference was the tre the draglink connected to, it was a little different. Was not happy with it, there was a ton of tie rod roll induced by the very design of this system.

I ended up trashing that setup and went with steinjager's heim joint tie rod kit. Way more gooder, no more dead spots in steering induced from tie rod roll and much better handling on the road. I would say they are more durable as well since there are less forces placed on the lower tierod ends since the draglink goes right to the passenger side knuckle.
Who did you buy the kit from? I tired finding it but not having any luck.
Ok, thanks for the pics. Fix that drag link and tie rod by replacing it with the proper design and you will have it. You are getting tie rod roll. People that sell that design shouldn't be allowed to. The drag link needs to go all the way to the steering knuckle and the tie rod should connect to it. Any kit you get should have that design.
What kit do you recommend? I’ve never had deal with steering so don’t know much to what be good to buy.
Is their a way you could provide a link to that your talking about. I tried googling it but couldn’t find it.
That doesn't look factory to me. Someone can correct me if they think otherwise.

You didn't provide a straight-on front pic so we can't tell if your draglink and trackbar angles are parallel, but I'd say something isn't right there.
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If you want to put up with heims, this would work if you make sure your track bar is parallel by lowering the frame end about 3"

But this is the design you should look for

Okay what do you mean by lowering the frame about 3”? Again sorry for all the questions but just never had deal with steering.
Okay what do you mean by lowering the frame about 3”? Again sorry for all the questions but just never had deal with steering.
Also the guy I bought it from is saying it’s got a 4.5” lift on it. I know it’s Rough Country lift. Not sure if that matters or not
Your setup looks like a rustys off road. Check out this link. Rustys off road steering. It's need some major adjusting and I would say all those tie rods are toast.
Do ya know exactly what I need to do for adjusting? And are you meaning the tie rod ends? The guy I bought it from claims it has new tie rod ends but it doesn’t look that way to me.
Adjust it by throwing it in the trash, cause that's all it is. New tie rod ends won't last a year even with road miles.

I'd go with the recommendation by 4.3l XJ and get that steering system by RE. It will be the most reliable and will require minimal work to install since its bolt in.

*side note, not trying to be a dick, but I had a very similar setup and constantly wore out rod ends, it caused many issues with good control over the road. Now that I have the steinjager setup, I have no more dead spots in the range of steering.

As stated above, id recommend keeping it simple though and go with the RE kit. Also, im curious to know if you have a drop pitman arm or not, some measuring might be in order for you to figure that out. Unless the PO of the jeep could tell ya.
I don’t see you being a dick or anything. I appreciate everyone’s help. I’ve just never had to deal with steering and so I had no clue where to start. But what re kit are you talking about? I just trying to figure out what to buy and get to fix it.
I'd check out stinky fab. I just picked up their premium UTK kit and their machined pitman arm

Cannot wait to get it installed! Although, I have a lot of things I need to install on my 97 XJ
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I actually just instead the stinkyfab utk but still have to adjust it.
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