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Old April 15th, 2013, 03:46 PM
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Bent Rockware tie rod & drag link: fix or replace?

Yesterday while offroading I bent a rockware tie rod and drag link. Was going about 20MPH on a graded dirt road and hit a ditch that came out of nowhere. Thankfully everyone is okay.

I'm wondering if I should fix them (bend them back?) or replace them? I think if I'm going to replace them I'd have to buy these: http://landroverparts.roversnorth.co...e=TF250&type=0 as I need a set before Saturday and I can't find anything locally.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 03:54 PM
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Unfortunately those are backordered from our supplier Terrafirma, we are trying to get them here as soon as possible.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 04:13 PM
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I bent a HD rod and straightened it by putting it in the fork of a tree and used a winch. NOTE: THIS IS DANGEROUS AND BE CAREFUL IF YOU TRY IT! that being said, it worked great and I drove it the 200 miles home (towing a trailer) and then for a couple more weeks until I pulled the trigger on a RT high clearance bar. You should check with Keith to see if he has any laying around before he closes up shop or check with Justin as he may have them in stock.
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Old April 15th, 2013, 04:38 PM
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Okay, well I just ordered a replacement Rockware drag link and tie rod. I figure if bending it back isn't a long term fix, better to just fix it right. I'm hoping they can ship it out today since the defender is currently stuck on the trail.

I wonder if I should've gotten the ball joints as well, even though they didn't look damaged?
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You can bend them back and drive off the trail as long as they are not kinked.
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You can bend them back and drive off the trail as long as they are not kinked.
Yup, they can be bent back into shape to make it off the trail. Baldewin taco'd his pretty good back in december on a run, bent it back into shape using the trailer wiring hole in his rear cross member to hold it. Measured toe with a bit of strap and got it close enough to make the 3 hour drive back home:

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A highlight jack handle makes a nice temporary sleeve.
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