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Rock Equipment Tie Rod Flip Kit

All CJ's came factory with the drag link and tire rod assembly attached under the knuckle's steering arm.  This isn't normally a problem when a Jeep is driven on the street or even a back woods trail.  When a jeeper starts tackling more difficult trails and getting into the rocks and boulders it is quickly realized that the steering components are very exposed and vulnerable.

tie rod under the knuckle


Rock Equipment came up with a tie rod flip kit to help reduce this weakness.  The kit consists of 3 machined cones and a reamer that matches the taper of Jeep tie rod ends.  The kit changes the location of the tie rod and drag link to the top side of the axle's steering knuckles giving approximately 3 inches of additional clearance.  With the steering rods higher the Jeep can utilize a pitman arm with less drop allowing for less drag link angle resulting in less bump steer.

Installation is not difficult and does not take much time.  Patience and care must be taken when reaming out the knuckle holes.  If you go too far the knuckle will be useless.  Click here (pdf) for the installation instructions provided by Rock Equipment.

reaming the holes

tie rod over

After the holes are prepared and the cones are inserted the rods may be reinstalled.  This is a good time to look at higher strength rods while everything is apart.  I installed a set of Xtreme rods from SRC Precision Products and new rod ends.  The Xtreme rods are 1 1/8 inch thick and are much more substantial than stock CJ steering gear.  These can be ordered in any width and there are additional thicknesses available. 

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