Pics of OTT Stage 2 kit, left & right side.
Sorry for the dirt, pictures were taken the day after a muddin' trip.
Hey... we like to play in them, not wash 'em!!!
As featured in 4WD&Sport Utility Magazine, the Rocky Road Over-The-Top® (Trademark Pending) steering systems replace the factory Suzuki parts with a Samurai high steer system. A true knuckle over system to ELIMINATE bumpsteer. The strength and performance of this high steer system blows all other kits out of the water. The arms are carved from solid machine stock steel with horizontal grain. This makes them incredibly strong! We also include a Grade8 or better bolt mounting to eliminate sheer possibility. Our Samurai high steer system incorporates caliper mounting and king pin mounting (most other systems only bolt to one or the other) so that the arm is held solidly on two planes and is incredibly strong. Other systems using this mount system charge over $300!!! Crazy!
The steering kit is available in 2 stages. Those who purchase a Stage 1 steering system may simply add on the extra components from the Stage 2 at a later time if desired. Will work with Left Hand Drive or Right Hand Drive Suzukis.
Click on the picture for a King-size view of the Stage I kit with raised arm.
One size fits all? Don't think so. Some shops peddling Samurai knuckle over systems use the same drag link for a 4" lift as for a 12" lift. This is not only poor engineering, but also potentially dangerous. Our OTT steering systems are built specifically for your lift height. One size does NOT fit all.
Another issue of other kits is OVERsteer. This is especially true for those cross-over systems with the swing-arm. Great gimmik, they look nifty, they are spooky on the highway because everything you do at the steering wheel is magnified dramatically at the tires. Oversteer is like having a gear system that creates hypersensitivity at the at the tires which is really a bad thing and can be dangerous. Understeer is another issue with other systems on the market. The design of the steering arm on a couple competitors' kits is such that you have to make dramatic changes at the steering wheel for anything to happen at the tires. This isn't dangerous like the oversteer situation, but the reduction in turning radius can be really annoying on the road and trail. At Rocky Road, we've engineered the system to operate just right. Our extensive experience in steering kits for Jeeps, Toyotas, and Suzukis means everyone who buys from Rocky Road comes out ahead.
Rocky Road High Steer kits are the only kits with a LIFETIME GUARANTEE against bending or dents. No other kit CAN, or DOES make this offer simply because their engineering isn't as durable our ours. Their kits might look cool in a photograph, but nothing is engineered as Heavy Duty as the Rocky Road High Steer kit.
Bottom line, the Rocky Road OTT high steer kit is THE BEST on the planet for your Suzuki. There is no debating the engineering in our system...
This is a drag link for our Samurai high steer system. The knuckle arms in the OTT kit are cut from machine grade steel with horizontal grain. This makes them SUPER strong and they have a lifetime warranty. The kit comes with a Grade 8 or higher bolting AND a caliper mounting system and hardware. Stage 1 puts your drag link to the top of the axle and ELIMINATES bumpsteer on most lifts. Comes with easily serviced grease zerk fitted rod end. Tubing is from 1/4" DOM. Compare this kit to others on the market for $275+.
OTT steering pictured with our JP-Eater Wrangler suspension system.
This kit can be combined with the Stage 1 equipment. The Stage II upgrade, when combined with the Stage I, puts the entire steering system over the top of your springs for not only no bumpsteer, but also protection against trail damage. Again, the hardware and mounting system is super strong and tubing is from 1/4" DOM. The arms carry a lifetime warranty. The super strong tubing allows no flex and delivers very tight steering characteristics. All rod ends are standard auto parts store and easily replaceable for servicing down the road.
This kit includes 2 steering knuckle mounts, drag link, tie rod, all tie rod ends, and all mounting hardware.
HOW DOES THE RRO KIT STACK UP TO OUR COMPETITION?
Theirs... you must remove and drill out your pitman arm with heavy warnings on not drilling too deep with the taper or you will ruin and have to purchase a new pitman arm. Having to drill and taper the hardened steel inside the pitman arm's taper end is not good, nor easy. (Verdict... NOT GOOD).
Theirs... only mounts to the brake caliper bolts. RRO mounts to caliper bolts, and also integrates into the kingpin and top 4 bolts on each steering knuckle. They use a 2 point mounting system where Rocky Road uses a 7-point mount system. When it comes to steering, you can never be too strong or too safe (Verdict... NOT GOOD).
Theirs... NO Lifetime warranty. Simply because the engineering is weaker and they cannot offer this level of warranty.
Theirs... "One size fits all". Does it make sense that a kit designed for a 4" lift is going to work exactly optimal for a 7" lift? Or Vice Versa? No!!! You're smarter than that. Their one-size-fits all philosphy means compromises are made at every lift height. Rocky Road has multiple lift height kits available.
Buying any High Steer kit but Rocky Road... an inferior purchase. Don't install inferior parts onto your Zuk! The Rocky Road OTT steering system is simple the best engineered High Steer kit on the market for the Suzuki, fact.
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Toyota OTT High Steer kit:
Not pictured (but check out the Aug 2005 issue of Four Wheeler magazine for a review). This kit includes a full drag link AND tie rod knuckle over system designed to convert a Toyota front axle steering setup to work on your Suzuki Samurai. Kit includes steering arms and kingpins for each side of the axle, a full width tie rod, and drag link. This puts the entire steering system over the top of your knuckles to not only address bumpsteer, but also protection against trail damage. Again, the hardware and mounting system is super strong and tubing is from 1/4" DOM. The arms carry a lifetime warranty. The super strong DOM tubing allows no flex and delivers very tight steering characteristics. All rod ends are standard auto parts store and easily replaceable for servicing down the road.
Compare to other Toyota knuckle over steering systems at over to $500 (Crazy!?!).