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Tie rod?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by MTBLAZER89, May 14, 2003.

  1. MTBLAZER89

    MTBLAZER89 3/4 ton status Premium Member GMOTM Winner

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    I just bought this 8 lug 10 bolt and the tie rod has a slight bend in it (if you lay a straightedge on it it's bent about a 1/4"). How much of a bend is unsafe to use? I can use the tierod under my truck, but I want to build this axle without having to take my truck apart. Thanks.

    -Brian
     
  2. heavy4x4

    heavy4x4 1/2 ton status

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    Well, that amount of bend doesn't sound too bad. Here's what I'd do. Install the tie-rod and just lengthen it the proper amount to give you about 3/16" toe-in. But, just so you know, having a slight bend in it makes it weaker, so it's just that much more prone to bending offroad. On-road, you should be fine.

    Probably the best option is to build the 8-lug 10 bolt, and then on the day that you swap it in place of your 6 lug 10 bolt, swap the tierods too. That's what I'm going to do. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
  3. BlazerGuy

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    Maybe you could slip a slightly larger tube over it and weld it on...
     
  4. Hossbaby50

    Hossbaby50 3/4 ton status

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    Get a sleeved Rock Rod. You will never have to worry about bending a tie rod again with one. I just picked one up from 4x4 Iron and this thing is BEEFY. I will never be able to bend this thing. Tim told me my steering knuckles would probably break before the tie rod bent. It only cost me $167 for something that is bulletproof and I will never have to worry about. Worth the extra cost for the piece of mind.
     
  5. jekbrown

    jekbrown I am CK5 Premium Member GMOTM Winner Author

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    I have a rockrod from Rockstomper. Pics in webshots. high quality product and purdy cheap too. Think they are $170 now... lil cheaper when I got mine i think.

    rockstomper

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  6. TheLakeRat

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    Sorry to pimping but if you want a new one then give me a call and i'll build you one that you can't bend. I'll evven give it a lifetime waranty.
    I can jack mine up on the tie rod.
    I can tap the ends to whatever thread you want.
     

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