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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-31-2004, 09:37 AM Thread Starter
 
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OTT / Crossover / Knuckle over Steering

It's time to set up another SPOA zuk, and I want to get everyone's opinion about their steering solutions.

On my last zuk, I started off with a Z-link an hated it. The bump steer was terrible.

Luckily, I won a Stage I OTT steering from Rocky Road at the fall '03 Zuwharrie. This kit moves the draglink, but not the tie rod. I ran it this way for a while and it worked very well, but the tie rod still rubbed. I ordered the Stage II upgrade. After a few issues with RR, I finally received and installed the upgrade, and it works very well.

For the next zuk, I'm skipping the Z-link and going straight to a OTT. Just not sure who's yet...

Breeze : $375 - I have heard a lot of good things about this kit, but it doesn't move the tie rod.

Trail Tough : $279 - Least expensive kit, and I have always had a good experience dealing with Brent and Linda. From the pic, it looks like it only bolts to the caliper.

Rocky Road : $329 - 10% discount (Matt promised to hook me up because of all the issues last time). Nice kit, but I'm still a little gun shy of ordering from RR. Maybe Art can put in a good word for me? [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]

Any others I should consider? Please chime in with any experiences (ease of installation, quality, etc)
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Re: OTT / Crossover / Knuckle over Steering

Take a look at www.sky-manufacturing.com as well. Sky makes NICE stuff!!
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Re: OTT / Crossover / Knuckle over Steering

i bought a cross over system used from zuk88 here on orc and it was the one from roadless gear. i really like it! it sure looks similar to the trail tough set up...so they might be the same. that is what i suspect but can't verify. i am not saying it is the best out there, but for the $$ i would not hesitate to buy the same again.
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Re: OTT / Crossover / Knuckle over Steering

I went the cheap way and used the Mercedes arms on mine. I put both rods above the springs and it drives great, both on and off road. I have 33X14.00 Boggers on 10' wheels, locked front end, and I drove it at Zuwharrie with no ill handling or problems. I will add that I do have a dropped drag link. I had to do that to clear my oil pan because I have a M<nobr>azda </nobr>rotory engine in it. I am very pleased with this setup so far. [img]images/graemlins/wink.gif[/img]
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What year/model of Mercedes did you get the steering arms from?
Do you have any pictures of these installed.

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I went with the RRO OTT kit last fall and have been very happy with it. One of the locknuts for a tierod end was
dorked up( threads) and they sent a new out overnite.
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Re: OTT / Crossover / Knuckle over Steering

I don't have any pictures, however I will try to get some and post them. It will probable be a couple of days before I can get around to that.

As to the year and model I will have to get that and post it later also. I have a friend that works in a Mercedes shop. I gave him the bolt pattern and he got me the arms.
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</font><blockquote><font class="small">In reply to:</font><hr />
Any others I should consider?

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Calmini has a new high steer kit.I don't know
if it's available yet but the price is in the
ball park.

http://www.puresuzuki.com/linkage_steering.htm
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I've been running this one for the last three years and never had a problem with it and it handles very very well
http://www.petroworks.com/
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