Why don't they make aftermarket tie rods with machined flats??

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  1. TX Mudder

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    Why don\'t they make aftermarket tie rods with machined flats??

    I've been wondering this for a while.
    When I adjust my rock rod, I have to mar the surface with my big pipe wrench. I'm not into looks, but this seems a little silly.
    Why don't they machine flats at the both ends so you can use a wrench? I'd pay the slight upcharge for that.
    -- Mike
     
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    Re: Why don\'t they make aftermarket tie rods with machined flats??

    Sounds like a good idea. I suppose it is a cost thing. Maybe a strength issue. Get one of those strap wrenches. I bet ya that would work. Better yet how about welding a hexagon sleeve on it. No strength issue anymore. Probably more cost effective than a step on a mill also. /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    Re: Why don\'t they make aftermarket tie rods with machined flats??

    <font color="green"> When I get mine I'm thinking about getting a big nut with the correct ID and just welding it in place on the tierod. WOuld have to be a BIG nut, but it should work pretty well. </font color>
     

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