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Old 07-16-2008, 01:52 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2004 TJ question

A GF of mine is taking her 2004 TJ rubicon on the jeepers jambo and she was asking me about steering upgrades and I told her the factory linkage is the weak link and to get the currie HD replacement unnit.

But what about a steering box brace . is that an issue on this year ?

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Old 07-16-2008, 02:12 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I haven't seen too many of them breaking steering boxes when I'm out. Mainly that stupid POS inverted-Y linkage they came stock with. Usually the biggest problem you'll see with a rig that's locked up front with a standard Saginaw box is boiling the fluid in the PS pump. Slap a cooler in the return line and she should be golden although ram assist is always nice.

The '04 Rubicon should be OK on its namesake trail without a 'box brace assuming this thing isn't running 44's or something.
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Depending on size of tires she might need cromo outers for her front axle. If she has 35's she'll need them. The OEM 27 spline outer axle shafts and 35's don't mix very well.
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ya she is running 35"
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alloy usa outers with currie steering and call it good.

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is the rubicon express HD tie rod worthy ?
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Ya know Camo I have a Big Daddy steering link and its beef, but really if Id have had the extra money at the time I would have rather gotten Curries steering system, its beefy and address all of the weaker links of the OEM though it still keeps Jeeps OE design (it may not be the best design the OEM one but). I think the only real downside Ive heard about the Currie is that you have to buy their tie rod ends...maybe someone else can confirm or deny.

As far as the steering box brace I bought one from M.O.R.E. for mine did I really need it, has this been a major issue with the TJs etc dont truly know but it wasnt much money and I figured better to have it and not need it than need it and not have it...as in being on the trail with a fawked up steering box and frame rail.
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no, it is only .120 wall chromo but still very weak, and also uses stock TRE's. Get the currie setup, it is the best bang for the buck steering on a dana 30 without building it yourself

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is the rubicon express HD tie rod worthy ?

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The tie rod ends are included with the Currie set-up
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Old 07-16-2008, 06:10 PM   #10 (permalink)
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drill out the steering arm holes put some heims on , do the same with the pitman arm --1.5" DOM, and have a nice day ...........this is way to hard core for me ................im goin back to JU

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FYI... we run the currie tie rod and drag link setup on our 2x winning Baja 1000 jeepspeed and have smashed it plenty hard and never damaged it. conversely we wasted a stock JK tie rod on the rubicon by barely bumping into a rock.


anyhow...she went and picked up the RE against my recommendation...so we shall see how it holds up
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Only other issue that I can remember about the Currie setup was the front end droop. There is the chance that the TRE at the pitman arm can pop out of the socket if you over extend it.
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whats the story with the wj knuckle? i heard its the way to go?
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It isn't a completely bolt on situation. You need to move the axle mount for the track bar in order to maintain correct geometery with the steering.
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Is there any thorough write ups on the install? the ball joints are driving me nuts in this kit currently on the Jp.
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Camo the stock thin walled drag link is the main problem, the tie rod is solid so should habdle ok. If on a budget, use the Big daddy offroad, and have a pair of spare stock tie rods. Teh Big Daddy costs $120 compared to $500 plus for the currie setup and should be able to handle the 35's.

Again, if $$ is not an issue definitely go Currie currectlink.


I am actually selling the big daddy offreoad setup that i bough nad never isntaleld on my woife's rig. Pm me if interested, we can probably work outa membership deal and I can ship it your way.
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whats the story with the wj knuckle? i heard its the way to go?
this is from a YJ, but add in a moving your trackbar mount up and it all carries over:

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Old 07-17-2008, 03:30 PM   #19 (permalink)
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I did the whole set up on my TJ



Its fun getting the track bar and the TRE to line up. Moving the spring back makes things a little easier

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After the factory Y link, the sector shaft is the weak link on the ZF box...
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