For fabricators and others who know how to work on their trucks, this DIY crossover steering linkage is a great option for your 1994-2012 solid axle Ram truck. You will need to verify the parts all fit your truck and then weld four tube adapters inside the tubing. We provide the pre-bent and cut tubing, the adapters, the heims, the jam nuts, and hardware. This is the only DIY crossover kit on the market that has the tubes bent for our Dodge trucks, which is required for the kit to work. Our drag link is bent for flat heim angles at both ends and the tie rod is bent to clear your sway bar mounts and diff cover. Some fabrication may be required to make this work on all setups but the dimensions are the same as our welded crossover kits.
Dodge Off Road's Crossover Steering Kit is for those who prefer the drag link to connect directly to the knuckle, who are willing to drill out their knuckles and pitman arm, and are willing to deal with some bumpsteer on lower lift heights. A crossover steering kit is a great way to go for those who want simplicity and strength, and this design has been proven for a decade now. We are offering this kit as an alternative for those who want to upgrade their steering but are doing it on a budget. The tie rod is a one-piece design with large 7/8" shank, 55,000 lb load rated chromoly heims on each end, and the drag link is a one-piece design that also uses the same 7/8" shank heims and connects directly to your passenger side knuckle. The extra length of the drag link does induce some bumpsteer, and this kit has almost no ability to adjust the bumpsteer out, but your steering will feel very tight and will last for many years. The only bumpsteer adjustment you will have is moving the drag link to the top or bottom of the pitman arm. You can read more about steering design on our forum at: http://www.dodgeoffroad.com/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=1422
The tie rod is bent to clear all diff covers as well as the sway bar mounts, and is made from 1.5" OD 1/4" wall DOM tubing, which will hold up to all kinds of abuse (we've tested this ourselves). The kit also includes Grade 8 fine thread hardware with locknuts and a quick install guide to help with the process.
There is no provision for the steering stabilizer to mount to this tie rod, but we do sell a clamp that will bolt on and can be used for any number of steering stabilizers. The clamp fits both the tie rod and the drag link, for those who run high mount stabilizers or opposing setups.
Please note that this kit does require your knuckles to be drilled out to 3/4"; we can supply hardware to avoid drilling the pitman arm and the driver side knuckle if you wish. The most cost-effective method is to drill both knuckles and your pitman arm and use the Grade 8 hardware.
Other things to consider:
This kit will not fit stock wheels smaller than 17" diameter; some 16" wheels with more offset than stock will work but you need to check for clearance first. Make sure you have at least 1.75" clearance above the top of the knuckle for a 1" OD nut. If you don't, our T-style steering setup will still work on your truck - see related items below.
Stock steering will not fit after you modify your knuckles and pitman arm. You "can" swap the knuckles and pitman out later, but the best thing to do is to switch to our "drill out" T-style steering kit if you do not like the steering characteristics of crossover steering. Our drill-out kit will bolt right up to your drilled-out knuckles and pitman arm. We can sell you the drag link and clamp by itself since the tie rod is the same between the two kits.
This kit has both the tie rod and drag link bent for clearance for our trucks. There are other kits available that do not have bent tubes, these will not work on Dodge Ram trucks without extensive cutting and grinding on the front axle. Our kit is specifically designed for 1994 to 2012 Dodge trucks with a solid front axle. This will also work on 2013 Ram 2500 4x4 trucks.
You will need to provide a measurement from the center of your pitman arm to the center of your passenger side knuckle when ordering. This is to ensure that the drag link is made the correct length for your lift height. We can get it pretty close if you only know your lift height, but if you measure the actual length it will save any potential issues if there is a discrepancy in the lift height (not all coils lift as high as they say they do) or if your steering box is offset from the frame more than normal, or if the pitman arm is not centered, etc. A quick measurement will give us exactly what we need to make your drag link fit your truck the first time. If you send us the wrong measurement, we'll work with you to get the correct length sent out before you weld the tube up. Always verify all lengths and dimensions before welding your DIY steering kit. Once the steering has been welded, we do not offer any returns or refunds on the product.