Suzuki Samurai Align Correct Tie Rod with Joints


Suzuki Samurai Align-Correct High-Low Crossover Steering Kit for Left-hand Drive (LHD)

In 2010, Low Range Off-Road set out to make the absolute best steering kit for the Suzuki Samurai. After 3 years of development and testing, we made our version available to the public.

Why is it the best? If you've never heard of Ackermann steering geometry, it's what prevents tires from slipping while following the path of a turn. While the factory steering system accounts for this geometry, many (if not all) of the steering systems designed for the Samurai do not.

Why would this matter? When making a turn, the proper geometry causes the inside tire to turn slightly sharper than the outside tire so that your tires do not slip or drag. This prevents the excessive tire wear generally associated with sharp turning. This also provides superior traction off-road when fully locked up or in a high traction situation.

We have leveraged Ackermann steering geometry in our design by utilizing the factory steering tie rod location. A taper reamer is included in the Full Kit and the Stage II Kit to ream out your factory arm to accommodate FJ80 Land Cruiser tie rod ends. FJ80 tie rod ends are like the 1-ton joints of the Suzuki and Toyota world and use a huge 23mm thread.

We couple the FJ80 tie rod ends with 1/4" thick DOM steel tubing. Almost all other Toyota and Suzuki steering kits use a thinner tube which is not nearly as strong as 1/4" wall.

How does this kit stack up against the competition? We have seen and tried other kits - even those claiming to be "the best." One of the Samurais we bought had a brand new kit from another manufacturer installed on it. One drive around the block had us wondering, "Why is this thing steering so poorly?" It felt like there was no caster angle, allowing no return to center. Competitors wrongly say that 2 bolts for the steering arm are not enough...well, the proof load rating of two M12 Bolts is over 24,000 lbs. and we have yet to see this setup fail. Simply put, it's VERY strong. The competition also claims that retapering the pitman arm is not good because it's hardened steel. Nope. Yet another argument overstates the risk of tapering too far, but our detailed instructions show you exactly how to properly ream your pitman arm. So while others may claim to have the best-engineered steering system, the proof is in the driver's seat and also in our kit's proven track record for superior strength and reliability.

Important Notes:

  • Works on left-hand drive (LHD) models ONLY. For the Align-Correct Kits for RHD models, CLICK HERE
  • This kit is designed to work on Spring Over Axle Suspension (SPOA) setups but will work on most setups over 4 inches of lift with springs and shackles. If running over 7 inches of lift, a drop pitman arm may be needed as well
  • Steering arm design allows for use of larger Sidekick vented rotors and Sidekick calipers

Full Kit (SST-ACCS-FK) Includes:
(1) Forged 8620 steel steering arm
(4) HD Toyota FJ80 Land Cruiser tie rod ends with jam nuts and cotter pins
(1) HD drag link, full 1/4" wall DOM tubing, powder coated black
(1) HD tie rod, full 1/4" wall DOM tubing, powder coated black
(1) High Speed Steel (HSS) tie rod taper reamer
(2) Class 8.8 metric bolts and washers

Stage 1 Kit (SST-ACCS-S1) Includes:
(1) Forged 8620 steel steering arm
(2) HD Toyota FJ80 Land Cruiser tie rod ends with jam nuts and cotter pins.
(1) HD drag link, full 1/4" wall DOM tubing, powder coated black
(1) High Speed Steel (HSS) tie rod taper reamer
(2) Class 8.8 metric bolts and washers
(Tie rod deleted - uses factory tie rod)

Stage 2 Kit (SST-ACCS-S2) Includes:
(2) HD Toyota FJ80 Land Cruiser tie rod ends with jam nuts and cotter pins
(1) HD tie rod, full 1/4" wall DOM tubing, powder coated black
(Taper reamer not included)

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