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awg 11-07-2018 09:18 AM

"7/16-14UNC x 3.75

bolts available at 4" or 4.5" $3.80 each

https://www.hi-tensilebolt.com.au/

I am thinking to simply place some 1/8" sheet alongside the frame rail, and use the slightly longer bolt

my presumption being this will reduce the concentration of stress upon the frame rail around the bolt head, and distribute it more evenly

reduce risk of frame rail cracking is my goal here

anyone disagree?

eksjay 12-07-2018 07:07 AM

It looks like a great product Rustynuts, so who would install this if I had no mechanical experience? Is it a steering and suspension specialist? A mechanic? I might suspect some will not want to install non OEM or equivalent aftermarket products for liability reasons....

Also, how long is the stock steering box good for? Mine is 23 yo, and is coated in rust, but the steering is fine. Has anyone installed an aftermarket steering box? If so, what brand is it, and are you happy with its performance?

HamishW96 12-07-2018 03:47 PM

I'll get under and check, may replace the bolts with grade 8 or 10 for safety..... my XJ has 150k on it now so it hasnt been used much, I'll keep an eye out though.

Scorechild 13-07-2018 06:22 PM

Can anyone elaborate on steering box bolt specifics for XJ TD please?

I bought replacement bolts from C-ROK - http://www.c-rok4x4.com but they're too short to make it through my frame & reinforcement plates (C-ROK's own). I realise TD wasn't a US spec vehicle, but you wouldn't expect bolt length to change.

Don't have mine to hand to measure unfortunately - but seem to need to be longer than 3.5" / 4"..... ?

awg 15-07-2018 08:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Scorechild (Post 1636740)
Can anyone elaborate on steering box bolt specifics for XJ TD please?

I bought replacement bolts from C-ROK - http://www.c-rok4x4.com but they're too short to make it through my frame & reinforcement plates (C-ROK's own). I realise TD wasn't a US spec vehicle, but you wouldn't expect bolt length to change.

Don't have mine to hand to measure unfortunately - but seem to need to be longer than 3.5" / 4"..... ?

I doubt they would be different to the petrol XJ, which are 3.75" long + 0.25" tip

therefore, if any plates are fitted that add additional width, a longer bolt would be needed.

I would measure & compare everything

You could email C-Rok and ask what is the go...they may have just sent you the wrong bolts

or order the 4.5" bolts from the source above I quoted (or obtain locally)

eksjay 23-07-2018 09:58 AM

My 95XJ Sport has been owned since new....

Although the recall was completed along time ago, I still have reservations about my steering box due to its age, the age of the bolts, the rusted over nature of the box, not to mention the fatigue on the body. Basic wear and tear over 23 years of ownership.

Lets say I replace the steering box (due to age if nothing else), and the box is bolted to whatever reinforcement Chrysler Jeep Australia performed in 1997, I could add the Ironman steering brace as an extra measure right?

Would a regular mechanic do this, or would they shy away from installing any non OEM piece on the car due to legal liability reasons in the event of failure0?

My other alternative is to take it 200km into Sydney to a trusted Steering and Suspension specialist that I have used before...

rustynuts 01-08-2018 12:51 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by eksjay (Post 1637158)
My 95XJ Sport has been owned since new....

Although the recall was completed along time ago, I still have reservations about my steering box due to its age, the age of the bolts, the rusted over nature of the box, not to mention the fatigue on the body. Basic wear and tear over 23 years of ownership.

Lets say I replace the steering box (due to age if nothing else), and the box is bolted to whatever reinforcement Chrysler Jeep Australia performed in 1997, I could add the Ironman steering brace as an extra measure right?

Would a regular mechanic do this, or would they shy away from installing any non OEM piece on the car due to legal liability reasons in the event of failure0?

My other alternative is to take it 200km into Sydney to a trusted Steering and Suspension specialist that I have used before...

I highly recommend the "IronmanFab4x4" RHD steering box brace. Ordered it with the spacer that goes between the box and rail and the sway bar relocation brackets. Was simple to fit myself. Fitted perfectly and has really made the box not flex the rail. Steering is more direct too. Well worth it IMHO.


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