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The Cure!

The Cure!

As of April 2019 Ruffstuff Tie Rod Ends are a new design. There is also a new design of the cure for these new Tie Rod Ends. Refer to the pictures showing the difference of the new and old design Tie Rod Ends and Cures.

This cure is for the GM 1 ton Y link steering conversion and is designed around the GM standard 1 ton rod end. Use on any other steering kit is at your discretion. For stock jeep steering linkage see part number R2008


For as long as there have been vehicles with Y style steering they have wandered down the road. Wandering along...

The steering wheel goes two inches to the right, two inches to the left and then back again, while your vehicle stays in a relatively straight line. That is the result of your Tie Rod rolling forward and backward, forward and backward again and again. That's simply because there is nothing there to prevent it from doing that. And early wear on tie rods simply because they are always in motion. This results in torn tie rod boots because they have been flexed a jillion times in.

The Cure!

This small piece of machined Delrin plastic has had a lot of thought put into it. Used against only the face of common Y-Link Tie Rod ends. It gives a self lubricated, fixed yet slightly flexible surface for the tie rod to rest against. The drag link does not flop forward or backward whatsoever yet in common usage it is allowed to roll which causes the steering wheel dead spot and allows for the tie rod roll.

Not all TRE's are created equal. Some have a long pin, some have a short pin. This product has been specifically made to work with a GM 1 Ton TRE. In some cases you may have to sand the outside surface to allow for a flush fit. You do not want a tight fit, you want a snug fit. It naturally has a grease pocket built in. In most cases the tie rod boot may need to be removed to properly seat the tie rod end, but will also fit over the boot.


When installing The Cure, be sure to verify that the pin on your tie rod end seats completely in the taper.

Manufacturing tolerances in the pin and the taper cause some tie rod ends to seat higher or lower in the taper than others. One sign that the taper is not completely seated is if the cotter pin hole does not sit as far through the castle nut as it did with the standard dust boot. To verify your pin is seated in the taper, apply a marking compound (like gear marking compound, grease, lipstick, etc.) to the pin and tighten down the tie rod end then remove it again. Check the pin and taper to see if the marking compound is spread thinly and evenly around the pin. If it does not spread evenly, the pin is likely not seated completely. Sand down the face of The Cure until the pin seats fully.

Depending on the shape of your tie rod ends, some filing may also be required to prevent interferences around the lip or face of The Cure.

The Cure is only meant to be used on the drag link tie rod end in Y-link steering. Using The Cure at the steering knuckle and pitman arm tie rod ends will not allow necessary flex in your steering system and could lead to failure of your tie rod ends, The Cure or other steering components.
Customer Reviews
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 13 Reviews
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5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pleased
By Shirley Monachelli in AZ on 11.24.2019
Everything went as planned, although the instructions that came with it said there might be fitment issues I had none. Good product

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Where have you been all my #YJLife
By Lemondropjeep in MD on 2.25.2018
I was skeptical about paying $29 for a piece of plastic, but had a miserable time with loose steering. Replaced 4 ball joints and before replacing the joints in my Y-Link on my 92 Jeep YJ, a buddy of mine (a mechanic) told me I ought to try The Cure. He showed me how my drag link was rolling over the tie rod and suggested it would be the correct fix and to quite throwing more money at ball joints. I watched the video, popped off the drag link and in less than 10 minutes had the cure installed. Fixed 100% of my issue! I highly recommend this cure.

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bad ace
By Jeremy Schutte in OR on 5.23.2017
Bought for a f350 didn't work in the correct location but modified and is stellar.

3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 It helps some
By Braigan Dusek in TX on 5.4.2017
I'd say it took about 50% of the walk out of my steering . That still helps a lot . I got it for an 04 Jeep LJ

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 The Cure works
By Jerry Breznican in TN on 2.27.2017
WOW!! Installed the Cure on my 1990 yj. 95% improvement. I was skeptical at first, but what a difference. It is a pleasure to drive my yj again. Purchased one for my daughters yj. She will be as happy as I am for sure. Both of our jeeps have a 6 inch lift sporting 35's. both have a stroked 4.0's Thanks Ruff Stuff. Next purchase new steering y link

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Perfect Fix!!!
By Steve T. in CA on 2.2.2017
This little gizmo fixed my tie rod/drag link roll perfectly. I have a custom hi-steer set up on my Dana 60 FJ40 with PSC and this easily solved the roll I had with my system. If anyone has any issues with the so called "dead spot" in their steering, this will end it right here, right now!

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Put trust back in my hands
By Jon Shaffer in CA on 1.19.2017
Got the cure after noticing how bad my y link was flopping. took longer to get it out of the package than it took to install. super straight forward and made a night and day difference in the way my jeep drives. wheel stays straight. no play. instant response and i feel like i can trust my jeep to stay in her lane now.

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 didnt need a gearbox
By Lee Gregg in CO on 8.27.2016
Popped the cure on greased the tie rod went for drive and Hey no more dead spot. Beautiful

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Complete Amazement
By Edward Shimer in NJ on 6.27.2016
Ordered the Cure for our XJ with 35-14.50x15 Boggers ...Received the order within 2 days installed in minutes and is by far worth every penny ....Thank You for your prompt service and great products

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Xj fix
By Bryan Hawkins in UT on 3.6.2016
Stopped my tie rod roll and the wondering of my xj. A great part to have for any upgrade. Great price, very friendly website, fast shipping, and quality product.

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fantastic and simple install
By Joshua cadieux in NV on 1.5.2016
Absolutely the cure for my tie rod rial and dead spot on my HD Steering kit. Popped it on my XJ in about 10m. Super easy install. Took me longer to get it out of the packaging than to get it on my Jeep.

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Quality as usually from RS
By Jim R. in UT on 4.9.2015
Great insurance for CJ upgrade. As always great products from RuffStuff!

5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cured!
By Jason Poole in CO on 2.19.2015
I installed a GM 1-ton steering on my ZJ. Had the "dead spot". Found this item as a fix, worked great noticable difference in handling! Thanks!

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Mike V. on -- Asked: Do you have a cure for a 2019 Jr Jeep Wrangler with the 3 inch lift with 35 inch tires

Answered: No those vehicles have cross over steering which the cure is not beneficial. I would look for loose or worn components if you have play in the steering
Richard T. on -- Asked: Will the Cure work on my 1997 Ford F-350 with a Dana 60 front axle? I have tie rod roll from my pitman arm down to the drag link.

Answered: We currently do not have a cure for the Ford
Jason on -- Asked: Will the cure work with my stock 2014 Jeep Rubicon JKU?

Answered: No the JK has cross over steering so the cure would not be beneficial
Bill on -- Asked: How do I order the R2008 for my 2014 Jeep Rubicon ?

Answered: The cure is not made for the crossover steering that the JK has, you likely have another issue causing your play. Cure is only for Y link style steering on the older jeeps
Todd M. on -- Asked: Can you put the cure on each end of drag link and do you recommend doing the tie rod end only?

Answered: The Cure is only designed to be mounted on the tie rod end where the tie rod and drag link intersect on Y-link and T-link style steering systems. It is a rigid material that will crack if mounted at the knuckle or pitman arm due to changing angles.
Nelson on -- Asked: I have stock-style steering with stock TREs on my YJ (inverted T). Should I order one CURE to go between the drag link/tie rod or two CURES? The other to go on the steering knuckle on the tie rod?

Answered: You will want this cure for stock YJ steering https://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/R2008.html Only one cure, they will crack when installed at the knuckle
PJ on -- Asked: 84 cj7 with a stock steering, will the cure help with this application

Answered: I'm not sure on the particular CJ models, but many of them came with cross-over steering from the factory(two separate mounting points on the passenger knuckle: one for drag link, one for tie rod). The Cure is designed for Y-link/T-link style steering, where the tie rod and drag link intersect with each other. You would mount it at this intersection, if you have that style steering on your particular CJ. This Cure is for the GM 1 ton ends, so if you have factory CJ y-link steering on your rig, you would run the black Jeep Cure.
Felix P. on -- Asked: Hola , will it work for a 1969 Z/28 ?

Answered: I do not know. The 'cup' of the cure measures 1 3/4". If your tie rod end housing is less than 1 5/8" in diameter with the boot off, it would more than likely be to loose of a fit to be effective.
Adam on -- Asked: will this work with a Y link OTK for a xj

Answered: Yes as long as you are using the GM 1 ton rod ends at the Y
Scott on -- Asked: Will this work with the Currie steering kit for Jeep TJ?

Answered: You will have to keep the grease boot installed on the TRE and hold it centered while tightening the castle nut down (some shaving of cure may be necessary so its not too tight). I have a few customers using it on that steering kit
darren L. on -- Asked: hi will these suit a 1985 cj7

Answered: If you've got the Y link or T style steering you will want this cure for CJ TRE https://www.ruffstuffspecialties.com/catalog/R2008.html If its the crossover steering the cure will not work or be beneficial
Garth on -- Asked: Do you have The Cure available for a 2000 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo 4.7l?

Answered: We do not, the WJ used a crossover style steering and the cure is designed to sit at the "y" in a y link style system. Using one of these on a WJ would cause binding and ultimately wear out the tre's faster if not break the cure.
Jeremy F. on -- Asked: Can I use this for my 98 dodge ram 1500 4x4? If so which one is for dodge ram?

Answered: Unfortunately we currently do not have a cure designed for the dodge tie rod end. The tapered pin dimensions that I have found online put it in between the two size options we carry
byron on -- Asked: will it help a 2001 tj with 33in. & a 3 or 4 in. lift?

Answered: Yes it will stop drag link roll taking up much of the play in the steering wheel. Depending on the brand steering linkage you are using will determine if you need the standard Jeep Cure, or the larger White GM cure.
Amanda on -- Asked: What can be modified or is there a solution to use this on a 97 f350 Dana60?

Answered: We've seen on many of the Ford tie rod ends the stud is too long for the cure. We've had a customer use it on his 97, but he stacked washers and I would not recommend that. You may have a shorter stud on yours depending on the manufacture.
Bryan W. on -- Asked: Will this work on the steering for a 96 5.2 zj. The rs2008 says it's not for v8 zj.

Answered: Depends on the manufacturer of the linkage. On my 98 5.2 ZJ, I was able to use the R2008 as it still has the factory linkage on it. Aftermarket replacement linkage such as Moog, the housing is larger and requires the white cure, usually fitted over the grease boot instead of removing the boot like on the stock linkage. R2008 fits up to a 1 3/8" diameter tie rod end housing and the R1768 will fit up to a 1 3/4" diameter housing.
Chad M. on -- Asked: Do you offer these for the 99 Dodge Ram 2500 steering? I am having same issue. The steering is same as a jeep only bigger 3/4-1 ton components

Answered: Not specifically for the Dodge. The white cure measures 1 13/16" inside the "cup". You can check your tie rod end housing diameter that joins the drag link and tie rod to see how close the fitment is. If your end is a bit smaller, you may have to install it over your grease boot for the best fitment, whereas on the GM 1 ton ends the Cure would replace your grease boot.
Mark on -- Asked: I have a 96 Ford F-350 dana60 wondering if the cure bushing can be modified to work on my steering ?

Answered: We have found many of the tie rod ends for the Ford applications(particularly 1990's models), the tapered stud is to long for the Cure to be effective. The Cure is about 1/4" thick and needs to fit snug. You would want to check your tie rod end where the drag link and tie rod intersect, and measure how much space there is between the tie rod and the housing on the tie rod end on the drag link.
michael Y. on -- Asked: will this fit 06 jk ?

Answered: Currently we do not have a Cure for the Jeep JK, as they came with cross over steering and not the Y-link or T-link style linkage that this is designed for.

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