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Old 06-26-2017, 10:25 AM   #166
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Mine are dead silent on any road or trail. Just spray them with some kind of lube from time to time
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Old 06-26-2017, 01:10 PM   #167
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Looking to order the steering kit this week and possibly the track bar sometime down the road. Currently have the IRO kit and track bar, 5/8" already drilled on the knuckles and pitman. Will the Cavfab track bar work with the IRO double-shear bracket, or will it only work with the RE bracket?

Also, does the steering kit make any noise or have any kind of vertical play whatsoever? One reason I'm looking to upgrade is because the heim bodies on the IRO tie rod rattle against their mounting washers due to the eye gap on anything but smooth roads. It's either that or the drag link misalignment washer. It drives me absolutely nuts.
The high clearance kit we sell does have lateral movement in the rods due to weight being forward of the heims themselves. It can be minimized by adjusting the heims upwards (or down) and Tightning the jam nuts down (The BleepinJeep youtube video documents this a bit). My XJ was a daily driver for around a year with the aforementioned kit and only on the worst roads would i ever hear the rods move...and even then it was minimal at best

The Currie Joints we use on our track bar require a 2" inner width mounting on the frame bracket..I don't believe the IRO bracket will work as I think its like 1-5/8" but I could be wrong.
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Old 06-29-2017, 01:56 PM   #168
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Thanks for the info.

I think maybe the heims are just worn out, because I don't remember hearing them bang around before. It takes a little bit of effort compared to rolling down the road, but I can rock the tie rod up and down with my hands. I can probably make some thin spacers to dampen it a bit or just try replacing the heims for now. Had the same problem with the drag link until I replaced the ends on that. Seems like it's just a common problem with heims as they wear and age, regardless of the system.
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Thanks for the info.

I think maybe the heims are just worn out, because I don't remember hearing them bang around before. It takes a little bit of effort compared to rolling down the road, but I can rock the tie rod up and down with my hands. I can probably make some thin spacers to dampen it a bit or just try replacing the heims for now. Had the same problem with the drag link until I replaced the ends on that. Seems like it's just a common problem with heims as they wear and age, regardless of the system.
Any time there is weight forward of the joints there will be movement in the bars. Even if the heims are brand new it will still allow the bars to move a bit. We haven't really had anyone come to us saying it was excessive. Normally adjusting the bars to be spaced out a bit from one another cures the movement of them to where the kit is completely silent. Let me know if I can be of any more assistance.
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The most cost effective steering on the market. You break it, we replace it.

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Anyone running 16 or 17" rims with this and have any clearance issues with 4.25 to 4.75 backspacing? i dont forsee any issues with the larger rim diameter over the bolt heads.
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Anyone running 16 or 17" rims with this and have any clearance issues with 4.25 to 4.75 backspacing? i dont forsee any issues with the larger rim diameter over the bolt heads.
SHOULD be fine...with 4.25"

4.75 should work as well...but we personally have not tried it. Anything over a 15" should allow for sufficient clearance with essentially any backspacing though.
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SHOULD be fine...with 4.25"

4.75 should work as well...but we personally have not tried it. Anything over a 15" should allow for sufficient clearance with essentially any backspacing though.
That was my thinking.These 3.5 backspacing rims i have now look like Bubba sticking his lip out.
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We have some big updates coming for our Steering Systems. We are changing our manufacturing processes to offer you an even more superior part.

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Wore through another heim on the pitman arm, letting the drag link drop onto the tie rod again. Wondering if there’s anything to do about it or if it’s always just going to wear out the edges of the heims and misalignment spacers since the weight hanging off the front. I’ve been on two trips with this heim, and it looked fine after the last trip then I put maybe 800 road/gravel road miles on it and it’s toast. It had almost wore all the way through the misalignment spacer when I replaced it last, so I’m sure it’s wearing into the bolt by now. It has been professionally aligned and set up so it’s not my crappy install or alignment job causing it. CavFab Jeep XJ/MJ/ZJ/TJ CrossOver Steering!-photo482.jpg I can feel the lining coming out of the heim on the pitman side of the drag link. Also, not sure what gave in or bent, but the top of the bolt for the drag link/tie rod has come into contact with the wheel. I’m going to check and see if I can find out what happened there. CavFab Jeep XJ/MJ/ZJ/TJ CrossOver Steering!-photo66.jpg
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Wore through another heim on the pitman arm, letting the drag link drop onto the tie rod again. Wondering if there s anything to do about it or if it s always just going to wear out the edges of the heims and misalignment spacers since the weight hanging off the front. I ve been on two trips with this heim, and it looked fine after the last trip then I put maybe 800 road/gravel road miles on it and it s toast. It had almost wore all the way through the misalignment spacer when I replaced it last, so I m sure it s wearing into the bolt by now. It has been professionally aligned and set up so it s not my crappy install or alignment job causing it. Attachment 399564 I can feel the lining coming out of the heim on the pitman side of the drag link. Also, not sure what gave in or bent, but the top of the bolt for the drag link/tie rod has come into contact with the wheel. I m going to check and see if I can find out what happened there. Attachment 399565
I remember you wore then out before, I havent had any issues with my drag link falling though and over 10k miles on my first set, no noticeable wear. I am curious though does the top of the bolt rub? Looks like yours on that passenger side is installed upside down compared to mine and wyocherokees pic above. Call me crazy but I wondered
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I remember you wore then out before, I havent had any issues with my drag link falling though and over 10k miles on my first set, no noticeable wear. I am curious though does the top of the bolt rub? Looks like yours on that passenger side is installed upside down compared to mine and wyocherokees pic above. Call me crazy but I wondered
I saw it installed that direction somewhere and went with it, but it doesn’t typically rub, but at some point in time something bent or moved and it did make contact with the wheel (you can see the silver ring there) and I can definitely see a lot of wear on the misalignment spacers and heims.
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Any clue when the black Friday orders will be shipping? Have to get steering under it asap and need to know whether I should go buy new stock parts for the mean time.
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They posted an update video on facebook. It looks like 2 weeks or so.
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Okay! Ordered a high steer set.
I'm willing to try it out for the price!
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