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Old 08-02-2021, 10:24 PM   #1
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What good tie rod/drag link setups are out there?

I’m about 95% done replacing most of my front end suspension, I put in 3” lift springs, shocks, a Thuren track bar and built some long arms. Currently I have the ‘99HD steering setup on my truck but it seems like it is pretty close to bind since the lift and it was some cheap kit of eBay I bought a decade ago. What are the best options out there for steering upgrades on these trucks that’ll work for me? Is bump steer really that bad on the crossover kits? BK fab has a kit that looks pretty nice, is the Synergy kit worth it? Or is the best option going to the ‘09 T steering kit, I believe part #52122362AH. If the ‘09 steering is the best option what has to be done to make it fit the older 2nd gens? I’ve heard mixed reports of what it takes. Definitely appreciate the help y’all.
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Old 08-03-2021, 06:18 AM   #2
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I had the Synergy setup, it was expensive but very high quality.
Was a noticeable upgrade over the already upgraded crossover factory steering. I don't think you'd be able to find anything more heavy duty than their setup, the tie rod ends are massive compared to stock.
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Old 08-03-2021, 11:51 AM   #3
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That’s good to hear, I really wish it wasn’t such an expensive setup though.
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Fresh engine with Bosch 370’s, O-ringed, 625’s
Hamilton 178/208, pushrods, PDD street springs, S357

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Old 08-03-2021, 06:05 PM   #4
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I really would prefer to buy something that will require minimal or no fab work, but has anyone built a setup for one of these trucks with the GM 1 ton crossover kits like this?
RuffStuff Specialties: Y Link Steering using GM 1 Ton TRE

It appears the GM and 94-99 rams share the 7° taper angle
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'96 2500 4x4 5sp. 3.5” LA lift w/35's
ValAir DD Clutch w/ Input
Fresh engine with Bosch 370’s, O-ringed, 625’s
Hamilton 178/208, pushrods, PDD street springs, S357

‘12 LML crew cab swb 4x4 RC 3.5” lift with 33’s
Anarchy tune
5” exhaust w/ Jones 5050XL

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Old 08-07-2021, 08:57 AM   #5
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Curious to hear what you find. I'm going to go through the steering on my 97 this winter hopefully its become a certified garage/trailer queen I want to get it drivable again.
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Old 08-09-2021, 06:39 PM   #6
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Well from what I can find, the Synergy is the only bolt in option and that setup is on a 5-7 week back order. Then the ‘09+ setup will need the knuckles reamed and the tie rod shortened.
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ValAir DD Clutch w/ Input
Fresh engine with Bosch 370’s, O-ringed, 625’s
Hamilton 178/208, pushrods, PDD street springs, S357

‘12 LML crew cab swb 4x4 RC 3.5” lift with 33’s
Anarchy tune
5” exhaust w/ Jones 5050XL
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Old 08-15-2021, 03:24 PM   #7
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Far from stock makes a kit I do believe.
That Howling member I think his name is did a 3" Thuren on his 97, hope he chimes in

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Old Yesterday, 10:16 PM   #8
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Well I ordered a Synergy setup and it arrived today, hopefully tomorrow or this weekend I will be able to get it installed.
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'96 2500 4x4 5sp. 3.5” LA lift w/35's
ValAir DD Clutch w/ Input
Fresh engine with Bosch 370’s, O-ringed, 625’s
Hamilton 178/208, pushrods, PDD street springs, S357

‘12 LML crew cab swb 4x4 RC 3.5” lift with 33’s
Anarchy tune
5” exhaust w/ Jones 5050XL
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Old Yesterday, 10:28 PM   #9
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The 4th gen just has to be shortened on each end I believe. I have a thread saved I can dig up if you want. I had planned on going to it but my 99hd upgrade just won’t die.
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Well crap I just noticed the last post.

Let us know if it seems to be worth the price.
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