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jeepjoe43

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I've ordered all the internal parts for the build and Santa should be here Friday.
But I still need some steering stuff.
I'm looking at RC 18050.83 tie rod kit and RC 6605 drop pitman arm.
Any thoughts, experience?
 

machoheadgames

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No experience with the tie rod kit although I will probably go with something similar.

The pitman arm is pretty generic, almost all the pitman arms I've seen have come with the same exact numbering and stickers on them no matter where I got them. I had issues with most of them, where the material is too soft and after being installed, it stretches and works it's way up the steering sector shaft. Then the nut is loose. Keep an eye on the nut and retorque it a few times and eventually the arm will stop stretching, stay in place, and retain torque.

I decided to try Rubicon Express RE2500 this time around, it did not have the same stickers or numbering as all the other brands, so it's at least different to some degree. The powder coating did feel the same so we will see if it's the same material or if it actually retains shape and nut torque like the factory arm. I torqued it to 185 the other day and two days later it was still tight, so there is hope. So far, I would recommend RE over the others. It's cheaper too at $45 for RE vs $50 for RC.

They all have the same drop. They say for 2.5-6" of lift but really it's just a roughly 1.5" drop, so the arm never really gets you as good as possible no matter how much lift you have.
 
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Kind of figured parts is parts and probably go with the RC stuff.
Not top of the line, but I don't need the best
Did go with Spicer BJ kit's when I made made my order from ECGS.
Probably could have got this other stuff or similar there too, but I was so excited ordering the goodies, I forgot to ask.
Got all my cleaning stuff tonight, oven cleaner, purple stuff, break parts cleaner, cat litter and a case of beer.
Clean-up starts tomorrow, parts should be here too, but by then I'll be in no fit state for driving to pick them up at work.
The cat litter is actually for the cat :LOL:
 
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Not a bad clean-up at all.

Shiny.
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Parts are here, I'll pick them up Sunday when I'm at work.