YETI XD™ Tie Rod Assembly - 2018+ Jeep Wrangler JL/JT RUBICON or GLADIATOR MAX Tow
YETI XD™ JL/JT (Rubicon/Max tow) 1½-ton Tie Rod
|By Steer Smarts||
Tie Rod Part #
Rubicon/Max Tow: 78088001
STEER SMARTS™ is proud to present our most EXTREME steering linkage “The YETI XD™ Series” linkage for your Jeep JL Wrangler. We applied our 85 years of steering “lessons learned” to develop the strongest most durable linkage ever built for the Wrangler.
The YETI XD Tie Rod is a direct bolt-on for any JL Wrangler. The YETI XD Installs just minutes and there is no need to modify or alter Jeep.
FeaturesYETI XD TIE ROD ASSEMBLY:
- Easy bolt-on installation.
- Engineered for proper clearance to other chassis components to eliminate interferences.
- MADE IN THE USA
- 30mm 1 1/2 Ton ball joints designed specifically for the JL.
- Cold headed medium carbon alloy steel ball studs provide incredible impact toughness for extreme duty usage.
- Induction heat treated ball studs provide ultimate fatigue strength and superior off-road durability.
- Steel on steel bearings provide exceptional ball joint wear resistance and robustness.
- High quality seals ensure long ball joint life. Our superior seals have been rigorously tested to minimize leakage between grease service intervals which greatly improves our ball joint reliability over our competition.
- Fully greaseable.
- Powder coat over E-coat for a long lasting appearance under harsh conditions.
- External threads are e-coated for durability and long term serviceability.
- Forged from medium carbon high harden-ability steel and heat treated for greater buckling, impact, and fatigue strength.
- Forged from medium carbon high hardenability steel and heat treated for even greater buckling, impact, and fatigue strength.
- Large 1 ¼ inch rolled threads at tie rod adjuster and draglink ends provide significantly increased strength over the original equipment threads.
- Unique “Reverse Pin” technology prevents our linkage from flopping or rocking. This technology is built into the socket unlike the weak external supports on some competitor linkages.
- Tie Rod adjuster is manufactured from large diameter ¼ inch thick wall high strength 4130 Chromoly steel tubing for maximum buckling strength.
- Adjuster clamps assure proper clamp force using conventional tools without the possible risk of loosening like large jam nuts.
- Designed with right-hand and left-hand threads for quick and easy adjustment once installed on the vehicle.
- Internal threads and tube are also e-coated for long term serviceability.
- Clamps need to be torqued to 80-85 ft lbs, and should be oriented so that they do not interfere with anything else (generally facing forward or down). Clamp torque need to be checked at 500 miles, and then again at 2000 miles. After that, every oil change the torque specs should be checked as well as after any hard wheeling/off-roading.
* Tie Rod fits all left-hand drive JL Wrangler models 2018+ including Rubicon and requires a 1 5/8" diameter damper bracket that is not included. Check out the YETI XD Damper Bracket.
Note: A minimum of 17”wheels is recommended.
(approx) 1 Hour
Moderate Mechanical Skill Required
Basic Hand Tools
When this tie rod arrived, I was stunned by the heavy weight of the box. Indeed, this is a very heavy duty tie rod and it dwarfs the OEM tie rod in comparison. Haven't installed it yet, but see no reason for any issues with this upgraded assembly. Using this, together with Rough Country's 87304 N3 Dual Steering Stabilizer and two of Yeti's XD Flex Steering Stabilizer / Damper Brackets will undoubtedly provide rock-solid handling and stability with 37" tires.
Best packed product I’ve bought in a long time. Great directions. For picture purposes only, paint the parts being put on a contrasting color. Maybe a square hole on the bottom of the axle end SS relocation bracket. I reused the stock carriage bolt and due to clearance with the supplied bolt/nut.