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Old April 24th, 2006, 01:37 AM
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Bent Tie Rod

My steering tie rod is bent which is no big deal, it's the second time in a year I will have to replace it. I will be upgrading to something stronger soon.

My question is, for those who have bent there tie rods and continued to drive there trucks, what if any change in the steering or handling did you notice. The reason I ask is two weeks ago while driving back from 4 days of wheeling in the desert the truck seemed really squirley on turns. Before I realized I bent the tie rod I thought it had to be the shocks which are medium duty OME shocks mated with HD Springs. Medium shocks are not up to the task as my truck is a monster. I am getting new HD shocks and a tie rod regardless but I just wanted to know what others have experienced with a bent tie rod.

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Old April 24th, 2006, 06:42 AM
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the bent rod will screw up your alignment and make the truck handle funny for sure. Contact Keith at Rover Tracks for som HD stuff and get a HD track rod as well so you will be completely safe. THey are not really too expensive and totally worth the insurance..
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Old April 24th, 2006, 10:16 AM
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I bent mine in the golden crack in Moab, trying to turn the steering with all the weight on one wheel.

Easy to do

I replaced with a Rovertracks unit. If It bends, I have more to worry about then the tie rod.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 06:13 PM
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Does it take two LH ball joints? Or a RH and a LH. RT track rod that is.
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Old August 21st, 2008, 11:30 PM
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Anyone use this stuff yet??

http://www.bulletproofsteering.com/steeringoption.html
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Old August 21st, 2008, 11:46 PM
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They seem to have an explanation on there, and I know that many of you will not see crazy forces on the steering. But, that single shear mount with both steering rods going to one knuckle scares me enough to not run it.
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 09:21 AM
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I don't think that is the setup on our D90's.

What you see in the link is a different truck. You have to look around the site but they can basically configure anything you have.

I believe we would have a single drag link up front and then the tie rod in the back both on different parts of the knuckle.

Would be nice to get rid of ball joints if this is truly better.

Here is another link showing the track bar...
http://www.bulletproofsteering.com/trackbar.html
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Old August 22nd, 2008, 10:19 AM
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The ball joints are plenty strong for what 99% of people do with these trucks.
Put a 29,000 pound rated rod end on the knuckle and what breaks next? the knuckle.

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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:23 AM
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I have bent mine many times when out rock crawling. It takes just a couple of minutes to pull it off and straighten it out and put it back on. As long as you don't turn the tie-rods ends you will have the same alignment.
One of these days I will put a heavy duty tie rod on but right now it's not a priority
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:26 AM
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I have take offs in my garage in anyone wants some spares.....went with all Equipe stuff
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Old August 26th, 2008, 11:40 AM
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I got some grind marks on my tierod from a little wheeling in VT last week. And it looks to have put a slight bend in the bar. I thought the Rockware piece looked nice and seems to solve the clearance issue:



EE has nice writeup on it: https://www.expeditionexchange.com/rockware/ about halfway down the page. Where my grind marks are, is exactly where the bend is.

Does anybody have any experience with these?
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Ya I bought one of those and their panhard rod too. Beefy, definitely quality gear. The only draw back is that when you get your tires aligned to get the toe in correct the shop is going to have to pop one tie rod end as opposed to just turning the tie rod in place. Some may give you a hard time about it.
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Ya I bought one of those and their panhard rod too. Beefy, definitely quality gear. The only draw back is that when you get your tires aligned to get the toe in correct the shop is going to have to pop one tie rod end as opposed to just turning the tie rod in place. Some may give you a hard time about it.
This is going to sound nuts, but is it possible to set the toe in yourself if you have an decent angle finder? I actually have a pretty slick digital unit that I bought for getting angles on my bikes.
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This is going to sound nuts, but is it possible to set the toe in yourself if you have an decent angle finder? I actually have a pretty slick digital unit that I bought for getting angles on my bikes.
You would think so, but I haven't ever explored the idea. You might want to search around for a thread on the subject.
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I bent my stock tie rod, it wasn't a bad bend but I went ahead and replaced it with a HD one instead of straightening it. I now have an Equipe drag link and tie rod and I haven't had any problems with them.
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This is going to sound nuts, but is it possible to set the toe in yourself if you have an decent angle finder? I actually have a pretty slick digital unit that I bought for getting angles on my bikes.
Yes you can do it yourself.
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This thread dates way back but I thought I'd give this a shot...

I've put RT 2" springs and rancho 9000 shocks in 2 D90s - a 95 and a 97. After I put them in I noticed that the tie rod smacked against the stock tie rod guard depending on the vibration of the road/engine. I didn't really correlate the noise with the shock/spring replacement but that be the cause. Just seems too coincidental. The sound didn't start immediately. Is is common for non stock suspension to slowly bend the tie rod? If so is the only real solution to replace it with something more heavy duty?

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The track rod should only hit that protector if it has gotten bent.
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The track rod should only hit that protector if it has gotten bent.
...but if I haven't been offroad with the 97 since I've owned it (few months) and only put on the shocks, springs and 33" tires how could I have bent it? Or is the stock tie rod just more susceptible to being bent?
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