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    Just put 35's on it, and the steering ain't happy. First thing I want to do is a tie rod upgrade, but I don't have much of a budget right now. Are there any cherokees/grand cherokees that came with stronger tie rods that are interchangeable with the TJ?

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    The TREs are the same. The Tie Rods them selves are different from XJ to TJ, but same strengthwise. The ZJ (93-98 Grand Cherokees) have a stronger tie rod than the XJ, and is a direct replacement. But with the bends in it for the TJ, I don't think it'll work. I would suggest going with 1 ton TREs. The whole setup would be about 300 bucks. Not knowing the budget, this is my .02.

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    The V8 ZJ bolts right on, That's what I'm running with currently, it is thicker, and stronger... I found a write-up online about it... Google search Jeep ZJ tie rod upgrade, TJ.... or something like that, that's how I found it last time. Working well for me so far, but I only have 33" tires, and haven't smashed it against anything yet.
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    Anything should be better than running the stock one right now. I'll have to take a look into that. Thanks!
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    If you are gonna spend the $ for an upgrade, currie makes a excellent tie rod and drag link combo. http://www.currieenterprises.com/ces...t.aspx?id=1219 you can usually find that kit for about $325 if you search around. Its a great upgrade and simple install.

    The ZJ tie rod is a good low buck upgrade though, not as strong as the currie one, but still better than the stock TJ tie rod.

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    main thing about the currie is one of the TRE's isnt replaceable. have to replace that whole bar.

    also their TRE's cant be found at a parts store, have to buy them from Currie and they are 150 or more for a set.
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    The ZJ upgrade can be done for right at $100 and parts stores have them on hand so if and when you break it again its an easy replacement
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    Yeah I think I'll go with the ZJ tie rod, i'm going to do the tie rod flip on the knuckles too. I really don't have much extra cash to spend, so this is the best option for me. Thanks for the heads up.

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    What Fred said. Best upgrade you can do is one where parts are readily available at the parts store.

    Last year we had to leave an XJ at the 'Golden Crack' obstacle in Moab, it's about in the middle of the trail, 3-4 hours in from either end

    He had an aftermarket steering set up, and broke part of it. We all had spare parts, but none that fit his set-up.

    The V8 ZJ set up is nice, you only need the tie rod that runs to the driver side (the one from the steering box to the pass side is the same size)

    I've seen the flip done also, helps alleviate bump steer when you get over 5-6" lift. Also gets the TRE's up a few inches.


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