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SkyOffroadDesign’s crossover steering kit
« on: March 30, 2019, 12:48:00 am »
I have a 4 inch lift on an 82 w150.
At this time, I also installed Jungle HD’s crossover steering brace kit, which fit perfect.
Jungles frame brace is a great well thought out, easy solution to keep the steering box from flexing the frame. I highly recommend it. But I digress..

SORD Crossover steering kit.

The key way machined into the knuckle of my Dana 44 is a really neat idea, according to SORD, it makes the steering arm you attach about 30-40% stronger. Fit awesome, and beefy hardware. A+
Drag link is a heavy super hard steel (I believe chromoly) that’s surprisingly hard to cut. More on that later. I don’t see a rock bending this easily at all. A+
tie rod ends are custom made, large 1 ton Chevy TRE’s that appear to be super strong as well. Another A+ for quality.

My only trouble was with the drag link. No one seems to know anything about our dodges, was told the straight shaft would work, but with only 4” lift, not quite as it would hit the crossmember at full compression.
Gave them a call, sent measurements, they sent me a new “S” bent version. New problem was, it was about 3 inches long, as I sent them the measurement with the TRE’s included, so I guess they made one that long. So I guess that turned out to be a small relay error so I wound up cut trimming off a little on each end to fit.

I know I let them know that measurement was including the TRE’s, but all in all I actually do believe this kit is a solid kit. The quality is very impressive, just a minor misunderstanding.

Their website is very informative, just make sure if you have a small lift just order their standard S bent drag link at the standard length, as it should be identical to the Chevy kit.
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    Re: SkyOffroadDesign’s crossover steering kit
    « Reply #1 on: April 8, 2019, 03:59:00 am »
    Check these 2 links. Goes over the crossover steering. My reference for when I do mine as well.

    https://ramchargercentral.com/jungleshddodgecomponents/x-over-'how-to'-install-on-eric's-truck-thank-you-eric!/

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    Re: SkyOffroadDesign’s crossover steering kit
    « Reply #2 on: May 2, 2019, 12:03:03 pm »
    Check these 2 links. Goes over the crossover steering. My reference for when I do mine as well.

    https://ramchargercentral.com/jungleshddodgecomponents/x-over-'how-to'-install-on-eric's-truck-thank-you-eric!/

    Yes I read both the above write-ups long before making the decision, and the crossover how-to author is absolutely right about the straight vs S-bent draglink.
    4 inch lift, you got about 2 inches of clearance to your crossmemeber.
    6inch or more and you could run the straight link, but the s bent still has better overall geometry than helps the link stay level, which further reduces bump steer.
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    Re: SkyOffroadDesign’s crossover steering kit
    « Reply #3 on: February 22, 2021, 07:43:44 am »
    A drop drag link does nothing to combat bump steer, it can only alleviate the angle on your rod ends and provide clearance from the crossmember.  The fact that most of the bar is parallel to the ground doesn’t change the angle between the mounting points which is where the bump steer comes from.  Less angle + longer link = less bump steer.  To eliminate it completely add a track bar with the same length and angle between mounting points.
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