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99-04 is the crossover trac bar kit neccessary with steering?

I have an 8.5" lift on my truck, i have already broke the shaft on the steering box and my turning radius is terrible. I need to get crossover for it I have been looking at preision metal fab that kit is a good price but then every crossover trac bar setup costs more then the steering itself. Has anyone fabbed there own trac bar setup? I see precision metal fab has a mounting tab for $45 that is welded on to the passenger lower shock mount but they didnt have any pics or anything so just wanted to see if anyone has done something different then the $800 kit? I already have an adjustable trac bar now on my current setup (6" springs, 2.5" hanger/shackles, with the drop pitman arm and upper trac bar mount that came with the 6" lift). Had to add the adjustable trac bar when I added the hanger/shackles. Thanks for any help
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if i were you , i would be looking at hydro assit steering. it may be a slight bit more than what you are looking at, but it will eliminate every problem you mention.

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I wouldn't buy the PMF one but crossover steering would be a HUGE upgrade for you. On my old setup with 12" of lift and 40's with crossover, the steering wheel turned easier than the 6" lift I had on prior with 37's. Steering is all about geometry the larger the angle the more likely something will fail. i feel this is 10x better than hydro assist. Both options are going to be spendy. Hydro assist is very expensive to do it right on our trucks. Most guys and kits out there don't do it the correct way anyways.

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Have you ever actually even seen our crossover kit? What exactly is it about it that you would not purchase? We always have them in stock unlike many of the competitors, our price is less than anyone else, and we have never had a SINGLE warranty on one.

The weld on tabs your talking about would need to used in conjunction with other mods to your upper track bar mount and your track bar would need to be lengthened. Also keep in mind that when you weld those tabs on, you are welding to cast. It can certainly be done but you need to take extra care when welding to cast. There is a lot included with the crossover track bar kit and the components are very heavy duty. The joints are forged, greaseable, rebuildable poly joints with 1" threads. The bar itself is constructed from 1.75" OD .25" wall DOM tubing. And all of the bracketry is heavily gusseted and fabricated from 1/4". Although spendy, compared to the cost of others on the market, we are the lowest priced on the market for this aswell.


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do you have any pics of this installed?

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This is a custom kit. Normal kits will have standard tie rod ends and come in a raw finish.


This is the standard kit. Sorry for the dirty pic...


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