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KIT125 - Jeep Wrangler JL & Gladiator JT - 2.5 Ton Tie Rod & Drag Link Assembly - Polished Aluminum

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This is a complete replacement steering kit for your 2018-2022 Jeep Wrangler JL or 2019-2022 Gladiator JT. It includes the tie rod (polished aluminum) which is also the adjusting sleeve, and left & right forged steel tie rod ends, the drag link (polished aluminum) which is also the adjusting sleeve, and left & right forged steel drag link ends. Plus 4 Ninja Lock Washers.

Depending on the options you choose above, it can be sent as an under knuckle mount (standard) or over knuckle mount (flip kit). All Flip Kits include the taper sleeve!!

Note: taper sleeves require the knuckle drag link mount to be drilled through with a straight 7/8" drill bit.

It does not include the steering stabilizer bracket which you will need to choose in the options above based on the steering stabilizer you use.

Dana 44 narrow axle or wide axle ??? Unfortunately, this can be confusing. NARROW axle Dana 44s are unusual, but the tie rod measures 57 1/2" to 58 1/2" ball-stud center to ball-stud center. The standard WIDE axle Dana 44 tie rod measures 60 1/2" to 61 1/2" ball-stud center to ball-stud center. If your Jeep has a narrow axle Dana 44, PLEASE select the Dana 30, which has the correct length tie rod.  

It does not include the steering stabilizer bracket which you will need to choose in the options above based on the steering stabilizer you use.

Wheels and Spacers: If you run AEV or stock Rubicon wheels, you'll need a 1.5" spacer. This kits works with a 17" wheel with a 4.75" backspacing or less. We recommend the steering stabilizer be fitted in the stock location, or a relocation kit may be required.

FITMENT:This steering system fits stock Dana 30/44 axles. If your jeep has been upgraded to a Dana 60 axle, we have modifications that can work with that as well, just contact us to order.

The Special Sauce:

HOUSING
  • SAE 1045 Solid Steel Forged Housing: This is unequivocally the best carbon alloy steel for this application.
  • CNC Machined Housing: Make our parts and bearings dimensionally perfect, eliminating any die wear issues.
    BALL STUDS
    • SAE 4140 Hot Forged Chromoly Ball Studs: For strongest possible metallurgy.
    • Induction Heat Treated Ball Studs: Provides a very precise heat treatment to the exact depth and location we want it.
    • Rolled Threads: Are made by pressing the shape of the threads into the ball stud instead of cutting. This strengthens the threads instead of weakening them and allows for easy movement of hardware. This ain't no Ikea furniture!
    • Step Threads: Allows for very easy movement of hardware on install and superior holding when torqued. (Installer Choice).
    BEARING DESIGN
    • Rugged Metal to Metal Bearing.
    BOOTS
    • CR Rubber Boots: The most durable material for undercar applications. Resistant to deterioration from road level ozone, oil/gas/engine fluids and extreme heat or cold
    • Accordion Boot: ideal for high-articulation components, more flexibility means longer life.
    HARDWARE
    • Grade 8 - Class 10.9 Hardware: Superior tensile strength.
    • Castle Nut: Industry standard where high vibration loads occur.
    ADJUSTING RODS
    • 2" 7075-T6 Aluminum Rod: The best aluminum available for this application. Extremely durable but has some flex and memory if you really bash it into something.
    LUBRICATION
    • Pre-threaded Zerk Housing: If you have ever installed a MOOG Ball Joint without a pre-threaded zerk fitting you will understand what a simple but great feature this is. Another installer fav.
    • Greaseable: Because it should be.
    • Pre-Greased: Just in case you forget, we have you covered.
    • Gull Winged Grease Grooves : Allows for improved lubrication disbursement around the ball stud.
    • Zerk Fittings: Included for every application.
    SPECIAL FEATURES
    • Tie Rod Ends & RH Drag Link End - Flopper Stoppers Built In: Unlike the poly hockey pucks that most brands use, our heavy duty "Flopper Stoppers" are built into the tie rod end and drag link end bearings, giving you an industry leading 27 degrees of stud swing left and right and only 2 degrees of stud swing forward and aft, keeping your tie rod and drag link from rotating and flopping. The competitor hockey puck style systems also call for the removal of the tie rod end boot, which is there to keep the dirt out and the grease in.
    • Ninja Washers (tm):An APEX exclusive is our Ninja Washer which is a unique method of securing the lock nut to the tube, erasing the need for lightly built adjusting tubes with ugly pinch clamps. And who doesn't want a ninja on their front end!
    • Minimum Engagement Mark on Drag Link End Threads:If this mark in the thread of the drag link is showing it means you are beyond the safe engagement of threads into the adjusting sleeve. You may be lifted too high and need to switch to a flip kit or you may need to equal out the adjusting sleeve between the two ends.

    Where It Fits:

    Vehicle Position: Front
    Quantity per Vehicle: 1 Kit

    What It Fits:

    Jeep Wrangler JL (2018-2021) 4WD
    Jeep Gladiator JT (2019-2021) 4WD

    Installation Instructions

    Customer Reviews

    Based on 33 reviews
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    Harvey Schuler (Pine Valley, US)
    IMPRESSIVE!

    Install took about an hour, dialing in steering wheel position and toe setting another hour followed by a test drive... WOW!!! THIS SYSTEM IS IMPRESSIVE! WELL DONE TEAM APEX!

    The only thing I wish was included in the kit would be a 45 degree zerk fitting for the drag link at the knuckle side. Getting your grease gun to fit in between the top of the tie rod ball joint and the drag link zerk fitting is a real PITA.

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    Emmanuel Woods (Hyattsville, US)
    Great customer service & fast shipping

    Awesome product super fast shipping already installed. Made it to 80k miles on the JLU with 38s… it was time to beef up the steering. Wish you all made adjustable control arms 😢.

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    All reviews (Spring Hill, US)
    Absolutely beautiful

    After I put my 37’s on I started after awhile getting a small wobble when I would hit bumps. Once I replaced my stock tiered and drag link with the apex, it went away completely. Not to mention they look amazing!

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    Hanna (Anya) (Charlotte, US)
    Amazing quality

    Top quality and performance!! So glad I went with Apex . Heard all the good feedback and decided to choose Apex for my Jeep ! It didn’t disappoint!

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    Zackary McCoy (New York, US)
    2.5 ton steering for Gladiator

    High quality parts. Hit a few snags installing but received excellent customer service.

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    Based on 33 reviews
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    Harvey Schuler (Pine Valley, US)
    IMPRESSIVE!

    Install took about an hour, dialing in steering wheel position and toe setting another hour followed by a test drive... WOW!!! THIS SYSTEM IS IMPRESSIVE! WELL DONE TEAM APEX!

    The only thing I wish was included in the kit would be a 45 degree zerk fitting for the drag link at the knuckle side. Getting your grease gun to fit in between the top of the tie rod ball joint and the drag link zerk fitting is a real PITA.

    E
    Emmanuel Woods (Hyattsville, US)
    Great customer service & fast shipping

    Awesome product super fast shipping already installed. Made it to 80k miles on the JLU with 38s… it was time to beef up the steering. Wish you all made adjustable control arms 😢.

    A
    All reviews (Spring Hill, US)
    Absolutely beautiful

    After I put my 37’s on I started after awhile getting a small wobble when I would hit bumps. Once I replaced my stock tiered and drag link with the apex, it went away completely. Not to mention they look amazing!

    H
    Hanna (Anya) (Charlotte, US)
    Amazing quality

    Top quality and performance!! So glad I went with Apex . Heard all the good feedback and decided to choose Apex for my Jeep ! It didn’t disappoint!

    Z
    Zackary McCoy (New York, US)
    2.5 ton steering for Gladiator

    High quality parts. Hit a few snags installing but received excellent customer service.

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