Jeep® Heavy Duty Steering System, 87

Jeep® Heavy Duty Steering System, 87
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Jeep® Heavy Duty Steering System, 87-95 Wrangler (YJ)
Contents:
1. 18050.57, 18043.26 - Short Tube Assembly H/D 1.25” (1)
2. 18050.58, 18050.28 - Long Tube Assembly H/D 1.25” (1)
3. 18040.50 - Damper Bracket (1)
4. 18043.10 - Tie Rod End H/D 7/8” RH (2)
5. 18056.02- Adjusting Sleeve (2)
THIS KIT HAS BEEN DESIGNED FOR USE WITH LIFTED AND NON-LIFTED VEHICLES .
INTRODUCTION
Thanks for your Rugged Ridge® purchase. The components in this kit are intended to improve the Off-road
capability and durability of your Jeep® factory tie-rod and cast steering linkage. If you are a committed
offroader, consider this cross-over steering system as one important part of your overall suspension build-up.
The Jeep® suspension design and wide range of after-market suspension components, tires, and wheels used
by offroad enthusiasts requires special attention to instructions regarding the installation and adjustment of
this kit and overall consideration in the selection and compatibility of your suspension set-up with this kit.
Depending on the height and configuration of your suspension, you may need to adjust or purchase
additional components to assure desired steering characteristics and reduce degraded steering feedback
caused by high-angle inputs between the pitman arm, drag link and HD tie-rod and cast linkage supplied with
this kit. Depending on your Jeep® experience and mechanical skills, Rugged Ridge® recommends seeking
advice from or having this kit installed by a qualified off-road mechanic who can inspect your suspension
build, adjust steering components and set alignment to optimize your steering system and the features of this
kit. If you have remaining technical questions after reading these instructions we are here to help.
Contact us toll free at (1-800-449-6649).
Product Safety Information
We want you to safely enjoy our products and your off-road Jeep® experience. Throughout these instructions
important safety information is generally preceded by one of three signal words indicating the relative risk of
injury. The signal words mean:
! WARNING A hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in death or serious injury.
You can be Killed or Seriously Hurt if you don’t follow instructions.
! CAUTION A hazardous situation which, if not avoided, could result in minor or moderate injury.
You can be moderately HURT and also may su_er property damage if you don’t follow
instructions.
NOTICE Careful attention is required to this instruction or operation but does generally not relate to
personal injury. Damage to your product or other property may result if you don’t follow
instructions.
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WARNINGS!
- Use of adjustable drag link and drop pitman arm may be required for vehicles with over a 2” lift and is
strongly recommended for suspension builds over 4”. This kit has been designed for vehicles with up to a
4” suspension lift. (Drop pitman arm, Rugged Ridge® part # 18006.50 87-06 Wrangler).
- Tie-rod end wear and required maintenance will vary depending on your suspension configuration and
vehicle use. Select and adjust pitman arm, drag link and tie rod to minimize input angle between drag
link and tie rod. Routinely inspect tie rod ends for wear, and for proper torque and security.
Do not use if kit parts are damaged or trail-repaired using high heat.
- During installation, keep wheels and steering components centered. Before use, assure your wheel/tire
choice is properly balanced and vehicle professionally aligned. Read and follow all instructions and
warnings accompanying this product and those in your Jeep® owners manual and OFF-Road Driving
Supplement.
- Strength, size and attachment points of tie-rod and steering linkage require additional wheel clearance.
HD Cross-Over Steering System is generally not compatible with smaller OEM steel wheels or wheels with a
deep backspacing. Before installation, use assembled tie rod for preliminary check of expected wheel/tire
clearance during full sweep of steering. Perform post-installation inspection as instructed below. Do not
use if tie rod contacts any portion of wheel/tire.
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Jeep® Heavy Duty Steering System, 87-95 Wrangler (YJ)
INSTALLATION
! WARNING Properly secure vehicle. Place in gear or park and set emergency brake. For further safety,
block tires. Use safety glasses and gloves.
Step 1. Remove old steering linkage. Start by centering wheels and running a tape measure from
passenger side knuckle (inner) to driver’s side knuckle (inner) and carefully record distance.
If knuckles are moved by accident you will be able to return to the approximate centered position
by using this measurement. Use best efforts to NOT alter the position of the front wheels or steering
wheel during the removal or subsequent installation. Keeping these components in the original
position aids in approximating your initial front end alignment settings. A penetrant spray may
be neccessary to aide in the removal of components.
Step 2. Assembly HD steering kit. Attach one adjuster sleeve and one end to each tube. Do not attach
tubes to each other at this time. Make prelimenary adjustments to tube lengths to help during
installation.
Step 3. Insert the new H/D Cross-Over steering. Start at passenger side knuckle. Slide kit over leaf springs and
into postion. (Figure 1) It may be neccessary to move one wheel outbound to fit tubes into place. The dual
attachment point tie-rod end should be mounted to the passenger side knuckle. Using the knuckle
to knuckle measurement taken in (step 1), return the wheel & knuckle back to the correct position.
Attach castle nuts and torque to 60 ft-lbs for all locations.
Step 4. Insert cotter pin into tie rod castle nut, bend cotter pin over nut. Install grease fittings and add grease.
NOTICE ! DO NOT over fill dust boots with grease. Stop adding grease at the first signs of grease
escaping past dust boots. Remove grease fitting and install grease plugs in tie rod ends.
WARNING ! Assure there are a minimum of 5, properly engaged tie-rod threads captured in each
end of the center tube.
Figure 1
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Step 5. Attach tie rod end to the driver side knuckle. Orientate the clamps in the same direction as
shown in (Figure 2).
Figure 2
WARNING ! Assure there are a minimum of 5, properly engaged tie-rod threads captured in each
end of the center tube.
NOTICE ! The clamp must be located as close the the end of the tube as possible. The clamp bolt
should be located directly over the tube cutout. Torque clamps to 35 ft/lbs.
Check all clamps once assembly is complete to ensure proper torques are achieved. If
clamps become loose, tubes can rotate and allow vehicle to come out of alignment.
Step 6. Install the drag link (short tube) attaching the fixed end to the passenger side of the center link and
the adjustable end to the pitman arm. (Figure 3)
Figure 3
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Jeep® Heavy Duty Steering System, 87-95 Wrangler (YJ)
Step 7. Attach H/D steering stabilizer mounting bracket to center link tube (Figure 4) . Reattach the
stabilizer and check clearance to the oil pan. Bracket should allow full movement of the stabilizer
when in use (left to right as steering is cycled). NOTE: If factory stabilizer is reused the mounting
bolt will need to be cut off of stabilizer. Supplied bolt for stabilizer bracket can then be used.
Figure 4
NOTE: Mounting bracket orientation may not match images supplied. The correct placement
will need to be determined on each vehicle to allow clearance of oil pan and sway bar
mounting brackets.
Step 8. Check all clamps once assembly is complete to ensure proper torques are achieved. If clamps
become loose, tubes can rotate and allow vehicle to come out of alignment.
Step 9. Complete installation by confirming during suspension travel and full steering sweep:
(A.) No interference between HD cross-over components and other steering components.
(B.) NO CONTACT BETWEEN tie-rod ends and wheels/tires.
(C.) Front wheels centered in relation to neutral point of steering wheel and wheels tracking
parallel and equal during right and left turns. If necessary, adjust steering components per
Jeep® service manual or with assistance of qualified off-road mechanic.
Step 10. Inspect all castle nuts and clamps before test driving vehicle. After completing safety inspection
proceed with road test (avoid traffc if possible). If adjustments are needed review step 1. Tighten
all clamps once adjustments are made.
WARNING!
Do not rely upon installation measurements for final alignment. Installation of HD cross-over conversion
requires professional front alignment to recommended settings. Inspect and re-torque all fasteners in HD
cross-over conversion after first 25 miles and each offroad use.
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