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TJ_Shunk
March 5th, 2006, 07:26 PM
T&T Customs HD Steering Brace is great. I would say that this is a must have for anybody that has an XJ.
Here is the website link to the product. http://www.tntcustoms.com/webV3/xjsteering.asp

or here if you want to do the 4-Bolt upgrade http://www.tntcustoms.com/webV3/xj4boltsteering.asp

I was having a horrible time with steering in my wifes XJ over the past few months. I replaced the stock box with a new one when I saw that the sector shaft was loose. I figured this would solve the issue that we were having. Well it didn't. There was one parcular thing that I noticed when I took it apart the first time. There was a bolt between the frame rail and the steering box. Well I figured it had fallen there over the years and so when I installed the new box I left it out. This only lead to the box touching the frame to the point that it wouldn't turn. I figured that I would put the bolt back and it would space the box enough away from the frame so you could turn the wheel. This new steering box was larger then the original so I even had to notch out a section of the frame rail for the area that was close to hitting. The steering was a little loose for my taste and I figured the box had different gearing in it for some reason. After a few weeks I looked under neath the XJ while the wife turned the wheel and I saw that the box was moving. I thought, "that's not right" and I tightened the sucker down REAL tight. Now the steering was so tight that it was sticking when you turned the wheel. I know that's not right either and that shouldn't have effected the steering.

So, I go to see Bob at T&T Customs and ask for his wisdom on the situation. It is at this point that Bob lets me in on a secret. The XJ's come with a spacer that is suposed to be between the frame and the steering box. I had no idea about this. :shrug: So I ask what I can do about it. Bob tells me about his HD steering brace set up. So I get one from him, knowing I needed to fix the steering issue once and for all, and, I know the frame on the XJ where the steering box mounts is weak and cracks so I can fix this problem too. All I can say is, this was easy and the steering is now AWSOME. :hail: Even Kristy noticed a huge difference in how it feels. If the wife is super happy about it, then I am a happy man, as she can be very sensative to how things feel with her XJ. I have some pictures of the install below. Keep in mind, I only have the inner brace that is being used as I have the Rusty's tow hooks that have a long section that uses the same two holes through the frame as the HD brace set up uses.

Here is the reason for my issues
http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Issue.JPG

This isn't needed but I like to see what is going on
http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Step1.JPG

http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Step2.JPG

Remove the draglink from the pitman arm
http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Step3.JPG

http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Step3a.JPG

Remove the three bolts that hold the steering box to the frame
http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Step4.JPG

The steering box can be just pulled towards the engine and will just hang there so you can put the brace in.

Slide new bolts and install crush sleeves in large unused holes
http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Step5.JPG

Slide in the three steering box bolts to help line up brace before tightening it down.
http://www.colorado4x4.org/gallery/files/4/7/8/6/Step6.JPG

Make sure the bolt heads are on the inside of the frame or else it will keep the box from mounting flush to the brace.

This is definatly a product I would recomend to anybody that has an XJ or is thinking about buying an XJ.

-Matt

moabrangler
March 5th, 2006, 08:32 PM
Thanks, for a GR8 post & Pic's. I'll use this on my wifes XJ.

TJ_Shunk
March 6th, 2006, 12:09 PM
NP man. It is quite a sweet set up. If I had done my research before replacing the OEM box, I would have gone with the 4 bolt YJ conversion with T&T Customs 4-bolt brace. Oh well. This is definatly a sweet product though.