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Old November 7th, 2017, 08:03 AM
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RN Heavy Duty Steering Rod Set vs Terrafirma vs Original Tie Rods

My tie rod ends are toast. Thinking about replacing w RN Heavy Duty Steering Rod Set. A set of original tie rod ends are around $180 and the RN set is around $200...about same as terrafirma set. Can anyone attest to the quality/performance of either of these sets vs the original?
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TF and our RN shafts are pretty identical, both are much more stout than the original.
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I have the RN ones and they are identical to the TF
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Old November 7th, 2017, 09:05 AM
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My tie rod ends are toast. Thinking about replacing w RN Heavy Duty Steering Rod Set. A set of original tie rod ends are around $180 and the RN set is around $200...about same as terrafirma set. Can anyone attest to the quality/performance of either of these sets vs the original?

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TF and our RN shafts are pretty identical, both are much more stout than the original.
I recently put the RN HD steering set on my 90. Pretty pleased with it.
I don't know what make the TRE's are but they are suitable for my daily driver/non-crawler application.
They have the grease zerc, too.
Use plenty of silver antiseize grease when installing and get your jam nuts TIGHT after you align everything.


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My tie rod ends are toast. Thinking about replacing w RN Heavy Duty Steering Rod Set. A set of original tie rod ends are around $180 and the RN set is around $200...about same as terrafirma set. Can anyone attest to the quality/performance of either of these sets vs the original?
Yes, RN's are great. For the $20 difference you should absolutely go for the RN set vs original. Many "original" or aftermarket-non-hd ends don't have grease fittings and to price out a set from your local parts store or summit racing etc will set you back the same coin plus your time running around. They add +10 overland points too.

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Old November 7th, 2017, 12:33 PM
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I went for the TerraFirma. Only $87 + shipping.
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I understand there was a Keith at Rovertracks that was making a good set--is that anywhere under a different name?

The TF hd tie rods I've found is MUCH more than $87... Am I looking at the wrong one?

Lastly, should I get new tie rod ends at the same time? If so, recommendations?

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The TF hd tie rods I've found is MUCH more than $87... Am I looking at the wrong one?
Price went up slightly due to exchange rate but close enough at $93

https://www.lrdirect.com/TF250-Heavy...keep_https=yes
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I understand there was a Keith at Rovertracks that was making a good set--is that anywhere under a different name?

Keith retired from Rover parts.



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Price went up slightly due to exchange rate but close enough at $93

https://www.lrdirect.com/TF250-Heavy...keep_https=yes
Thats is the one that I just rec'd, looks like a great kit for the $91 I paid.
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$73 for TF250 at Ribble Valley if anyone else is looking.
TF250 - HEAVY DUTY STEERING ROD - Land Rover Parts

Good prices on galvy Richards Chassis and some other stuff too.
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I really like switching to the Disco style pitman arm while doing this. It eliminates that press in ball joint that is such a pain in the ass.
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I’ve had Rovertym’s front and back rods on my truck for prob 12 years now. Prob no difference from the RNs. Not much science to them.
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how does the finish hold up on the TF's & RN's?
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Old January 18th, 2018, 10:56 AM
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More serious options. https://gwynlewis4x4.co.uk/sumobars/
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I saw those sumobars, but was suspicious since they never came up on one of these threads before, haha!

Thanks for the links, folks.

Red90-- can you explain a but more about the discover style arms? (Beginner explanation, please!)

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Old January 18th, 2018, 12:36 PM
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The Discoveries used normal tie rod ends at the steering box (pitman arm). Defenders used a tie rod end that is built into the Pitman arm. You can change to a Discovery pitman arm and then use the Discovery tie rods. This makes future servicing easier.

All the Gwynn Lewis stuff is top notch.
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