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Reid Racing, Inc. JK Knuckles Write-Up

REID RACING, INC. JK KNUCKLES WRITE-UP




INFORMATION

Reid Racing’s high-steer Jeep Wrangler JK (2007-present) knuckles are designed as heavy duty stock replacement knuckles. Primary improvements include raised steering linkage (1.5 inches for the tie rod, 3 inches for the drag link), dual steering stops, and increased strength overall. Installation is simplified by allowing the OEM unit bearings, brakes, U-joints, and stub shafts to be reused. Aftermarket upgrade parts such as axle shafts and steering linkage that work with the stock knuckles should in most cases be fully compatible with the Reid Racing knuckles. A 3 inch track bar bracket (included with most lift kits) is recommended to minimize bump steer. The reversed drag link taper requires a “flipped” drag link, available from many 4x4 parts companies, but please note the warning below.
The new Jeep Wrangler JK Dana 30/Rubicon 44 knuckles are heavy duty stock replacement knuckles. Raised steering linkage, dual steering stops, and increased strength are the primary improvements while installation is simplified by allowing the OEM "outers" to be reused.

• Sold individually
• JK001L (left, driver's side)
• JK001R (right, passenger's side)
• Uses stock 2007+ Jeep Wrangler JK brake rotors, calipers, stub shafts and U-joints.
• Fits JK Dana 30, JK Rubicon Dana 44, and Mopar & aftermarket JK axles.
• Easy bolt-on installation with no machining required.
• Aftermarket high strength axle shafts, U-joints/CV joints, and stub shafts can be used.
• Antilock Brakes, Traction Control, and Electronic Stability Control systems remain fully operational.
• Steering linkage is raised as high as possible while retaining clearance for OEM Jeep and most aftermarket wheels.
• Tie Rod gains 1.5 inches of clearance to minimize vulnerability to trail damage.
• Drag Link is flipped and gains 3 inches of height to perfectly correct the steering geometry for the common 3-4 inch suspension lift; minimizes additional steering correction for taller suspension lifts. Requires an aftermarket drag link, and we recommend a track bar bracket to eliminate bump steer. Works with any standard JK drag link flip kit.
• Cast from high strength ductile iron.
• Beefed up with extra material and ribbing.
• Cast-in DUAL steering stops eliminate bent stop bolts that can cause u-joint and axle failures.
• Tapered tie rod holes fit OEM-size tie rod ends; "1-ton" tie rod ends used in some aftermarket steering linkage may require very minor modification - call for details.
• Tie rod holes can be drilled to accept 3/4" heim ends.

Powder coated bright orange for long lasting looks.

WARNING!!!

THE REID RACING, INC. JK STEERING KNUCKLES USE STANDARD JEEP JK SIZE TIE ROD ENDS FOR THE DRAG LINK AND TIE ROD. IT IS ABSOLUTELY CRITICAL ON REID RACING KNUCKLES THAT ALL TIE ROD ENDS (PARTICULARLY ON THE DRAG LINK) ARE THE CORRECT SIZE. THE STUD NUT MUST BOTTOM OUT ON THE STEERING ARM AND NOT ON THE THREADS SO THAT THE STUD IS WEDGED SECURELY INTO THE STEERING ARM WHEN THE NUT IS TIGHTENED. USING A TIE ROD END OF THE WRONG SIZE IS LIKELY TO RESULT IN IMPROPER SEATING OF THE TIE ROD END INTO THE KNUCKLE STEERING ARM OR A COTTER PIN THAT DOES NOT SECURE THE CASTLE NUT. EITHER INSTANCE WILL ALLOW THE TIE ROD END STUD TO BECOME LOOSE, RESULTING IN SLOPPY STEERING OR, IF LEFT UNCORRECTED LONG ENOUGH, POSSIBLE LOSS OF STEERING

STEERING STOPS

The steering stops on Reid Racing knuckles are “cast in” to prevent the common bending of the stock style adjust- able bolts. The stops are intentionally cast long so adjustments can be made by grinding the tips of the stops to fit. If you are going to grind the steering stops to increase steering angle, set the toe-in first because the toe-in setting changes the stop settings. After the knuckles are installed and the toe in is set, cycle the steering back and forth grinding small amounts of the stop until the desired degree of steering is set; the front and rear steering stops must be adjusted simultaneously and equally. Make sure to check for u-joint binding and yoke to yoke interference at full lock in both directions; if binding or contact occurs, axle breakage will happen. If a stock style adjustable steering stop is desired, the cast in stop can be cut off at the knuckle then drilled and tapped for a 3/8” bolt.

MY THOUGHTS

I read a lot of reviews on multiple steering systems and options that were available for the Jeep JK. After days of reading reviews and thoughts, I decided that the REID RACING, INC. Steering Knuckles were exactly what I was looking for. Before the install of the knuckles I had some bump steer, flighty at times, and never felt correct or the way I was hoping my Jeep would handle. After the install and getting everything dialed in, the results were amazing! Not only did the bump steer go away, so did the flighty feel, and now my Jeep drives like it did when it was stock (the way it should be!) I highly recommend these knuckles to those that have the same issues, or wants to correct their steering components. With the Reid knuckles raising the drag link flip 3”, my steering is now level where it should be.

Install Time & Rating

About 3 hours with a rating of EASY
I’m sure you can do it in less, but we double checked all over or steering components while working on everything, took pics, chatted on so on. There really isn’t anything hard about the install, just takes a little time



THE INSTALL


Tools Needed

(We used air tools to speed up the install time)

Floor Jack
2 Jack Stands
¾ or 19 Socket & Lug Key (if you have lug locks)
13mm Socket (12 point)
21mm Socket or Wrench
22mm Socket or Wrench
27mm Socket or Wrench
36mm Socket
Ratchet
Allen Wrench
Torque Wrench
Mini Sledge or Pry Bar
Adjustable Pliers
Side Cutter or Snips


Step 1

Pull the e-brake up/engage

Step 2

Start by lightly loosening all of you front lug nuts with ¾ or 19mm socket and lug key if you have locks



Step 3

Jack the Jeep up and put the jack stands under Jeep



Step 4

Remove all of the lug nuts from the driver side wheel, pull wheel off and lay wheel/tire underneath frame of Jeep.



Step 5

If using hand tools loosen axle nut before removing brakes. Easiest way to remove is to have someone engage foot break while you break the axle nut free

Step 6

Remove the 2 caliper bolts holding brake caliper to knuckle using the 21mm wrench/socket



Step 7

Swing caliper out of the way and place on top of your tire. If you don’t have extended brake lines, dual zip tie out of the way. **DO NOT HANG FROM BRAKE LINE**



Step 8

Remove rotor and place to the side



Step 9

Remove the tie rod using 21mm socket/wrench

• You may need to use small sledge or pry bar to remove. Note: Make sure if you are using mallet to hit from the side not top!





Step 10

Remove your ABS sensor using 8mm allen wrench



Step 11

Remove the cables from the retaining clips



Step 12

Remove center nut off axle with 36mm socket




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Step 13

Remove hub



Step 14

Remove retaining clips



Step 15

Remove axle shaft from axle housing.

Step 16

Remove cotter keys from upper and lower castle nuts from ball joints then remove the upper castle nut be keep lower on slightly. The lower castle nut will keep the knuckle from falling to the ground when breaking free from ball joints. Now break free the knuckle and remove. Use 22mm socket/wrench for upper castle nuts and 27mm socket/wrench on lower castle nuts



Step 17

Install Reid knuckle, the retaining clips, ball joint castle nuts, then tighten. Once again using 22mm for upper castle nuts and 27mm for lower castle nuts

• Torque castle nuts to 63 Ft. Lbs





Step 18

Reinstall the cotter keys into the castle nuts. **I used new cotter keys instead of the old. If you use new, make sure to snip cotter keys to a good length.

• Don’t loosen castle nuts to install cotter pins, only tighten

Step 19

Reinstall the axle shaft



Step 20

Reinstall the cables to the retaining clips. Slide on dust shield, install ABS sensor, and hub and tighten back up the 3 hub nuts. Once again use the 13mm 12 point socket to tighten the hub nuts

• Torque hub nuts to 75 Ft. Lbs





Step 21

Install rotor and caliper and install the 2 bolts that hold on the caliper

• Use one lug nut to hold rotor in place while installing



Step 22

Install tie rod

• Torque to 63 Ft. Lbs



• Tighten and torque the axle nut to 100 Ft. Lbs



Your driver side should now look like this





Step 23

Install wheel/tire and tighten down all 5 lugs using you ¾ or 19mm socket



NOW YOU WILL REPEAT THE SAME STEPS ON THE PASSENGER SIDE (You will have to remove and replace drag link on passenger side is the only difference)

• If you need the same write-up but for the passenger side please PM me and I would be more than happy to make you a write-up including photos

Step 40 (LOL!)

Jack Jeep up enough to remove the jack stands and lower Jeep to ground.

Step 41

Torque all lug nuts to 125 Ft. Lbs

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YOU ARE NOW DONE WITH THE INSTALL!!



I always recommend getting an alignment done after front end modifications. Firestone offers a lifetime plan which is the best way to go!



MUST READ NOTES!

• Check the clearance at the tie rod and drag link behind each wheel; any interference will occur at full steering lock. Most aftermarket wheels with a backspacing of 5 inches or less will clear any tie rod/drag link combination. Stock 17 inch wheels with 6 inches backspacing will clear some tie rod/drag link combos and not others. If clearance is an issue, wheel spacers should solve the clearance problem.
• Check clearance between the tie rod/steering damper and the diff cover and adjust the bracket if necessary.
• Check that the end of the drag link stud clears the top of the tie rod with 1/8 to 1/4 inch of clearance
• Retorque after 200 miles and/or the first off-road trip

SAMPLE PICS BETWEEN STOCK KNUCKLES AND REID KNUCKLES











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Jeep Heavy Duty JK Dana 30 - Rubicon 44 Knuckles

Thanks for taking the time to read over my write-up install guide. If you have any questions, please ask on forums or PM me. You may also contact me at [email protected]

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Great write-up.

What have you done, if anything, about the steering stops?
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I actually didn't touch my steering stops. The reason behind that is, is because they are casted longer than stock stops so I only lost a little turning radius. I'm upgrading to 37s soon, so I don't want to grind down anything until I know where the 37s sit

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