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Assembling Parts for Steering the 2020 Ultimate Adventure Long Range Jeep #UA2020

Part 4, tie rod, drag link, steering box, and the home for these new parts.

Verne SimonsAuthor, Photography

We all know how important steering your 4x4 is. Whether it's on the road or a on a trail, directing those front tires to direct the vehicle is critical. Also, the steering system all works together to transfer forces from the interior of the 4x4 through the firewall, around the engine and other components, to the steering box, anchored to the framerail(s).

From there, motion is powered, and amplified forces transfer through the Pitman arm to the drag link to the passenger-side knuckle and then via the track bar to the driver-side knuckle. In some cases, like this one, with large tires and locking differentials we will also add a hydraulic steering ram.

All these parts are critical, and so is their placement and when building a custom off-road rig. You have to be ready to move just about any part of the steering system this way or that to deal with custom engines, larger axles, suspension components, and more.

Truth is, we'd like to solidify the mounting points for the front suspension on the 2020 Ultimate Adventure Long Range Jeep, but in order to do that we really need to establish the correct placement for our Redneck Ram prepped Steering box. Then we can move the axle where we want it (hopefully slightly ahead of the factory position), install the tie-rod and drag link from Rare Parts, and finally install the hydraulic steering ram also from Redneck Ram. Then we'll have to hook up all the hydraulic portions of the steering and attach the steering box to the steering wheel.

This order of operations is critical to placing the axle in its final spot relative to the frame. That's what we are focused on today.

Redneck Ram/West Texas Offroad

Turning large mud tires on beadlocks is hard work. A rebuilt and ported steering box from Redneck Ram/West Texas Off Road will help. We also got one of their steering rams with mounting parts and hoses. Our first step is to mount the box. At first, we were going to mount the box in the factory location, but we've since decided that we need to clock it a bit to help clear the steering ahead of the axle.

Moving the Front Axle Forward

Optimizing a rig's off-road capability means minimizing the approach and departure angles as much as possible. We don't have a ton of time, but we want to push the front axle forward an inch or two. That requires rotating the steering box a touch. To do that, we have to clearance the tube front cross member and also change the mounting points for the steering box. So, this factory bracket has to go.

Rare Parts Huge Drag Link, Tie Rod, and Tie-Rod Ends With Removable Cartridges

We bumped into Rare Parts steering parts for JK Jeep Wranglers a few years ago and have nothing but positive things to say about the company and its products. These steering parts are huge. We opted for JK Steering Kits steering tie rod assembly (PN: RP29429, $399.95) and drag link kit (PN: RP29428, $344.95). Assembling these parts helps us figure out where everything will end up living.

 

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Sponsors:
Cummins, 800.286.6467, www.cummins.com/engines/repower
Dana, 800.621.8084, spicerparts.com/applications/crateaxle
Falken Tire, www.falkentire.com/
IH Parts America, 530.274.1795, www.ihpartsamerica.com/
Offroad Design, 970.945.7777, www.offroaddesign.com/
onX Offroad, onxmaps.com/offroad-app
Quick Draw Brand, 513.446.9654, quickdrawbrand.com/
Quigley Motor Company, 800.233.9358, quigley4x4.com/
Skyjacker Suspension, 318.388.0816, skyjacker.com/
VooDoo Offroad, 844.866.3661, www.voodoooffroad.com/
Warn Winch, 800.543.9276, www.warn.com/

Other Sources:
Daystar, 800.595.7659, www.daystarweb.com/
Centerforce Clutch, 800.932.5882, www.centerforce.com/
GenRight, 805.584.8635, genright.com/
Quadratec, 800.745.6037, www.quadratec.com/
Rare Parts, 800.621.2005 , rareparts.com/
Redneck Ram/West Texas Off-Road, 877.833.7464, www.westtexasoffroad.com/
Summit Racing, 800.230.3030, www.summitracing.com/
Trail Ready Wheels, 425.353.6776, trbeadlocks.com/