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Old 04-02-2019, 04:29 PM   #1
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Default Bent Tie Rod Ends

I have bent tie rod ends - again. The tie rod is a little tweaked also. I am wondering if that would have happened if the tie rod ends (both) had not bent. I had replaced both tie rod ends a couple years ago because they were both bent.

The drag link is straight. It seems to me that it is pretty skinny and should bend first. It is a little shorter, and connects to the steering arm a little further out, but still...

I should mention that it is a moderately lifted 78 Scout II on 33 in tires. Wheeling hard is a matter of perspective, but I do pretty much everything I can on 33s.

I pretzeled a drag link years ago, but that has not happened in the last decade:-)

I happen to have a spare straight tie rod I could rebuild. Are the threaded ends of some tie rods stronger than others?
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Old 04-02-2019, 07:19 PM   #2
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Default Re: Bent Tie Rod Ends

In my experience, when that stuff bends or gets tweaked, it is the direct result of an impact. There really isn't that much stress on those components outside of smacking on rocks or stumps.
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Old 04-03-2019, 05:23 AM   #3
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Default Re: Bent Tie Rod Ends

It is always possible I hit something; I had to think about that.

Both tie rods ends are bent toward vehicle rear. If I hit something, they would bend the other way. I would also think an impact would be more likely to bend the tie rod than the threads on the tie rod end.

I think the tie rod does see high loads rock crawling; think turning large tires against rocks that don't move.
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Old 04-03-2019, 06:35 AM   #4
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I suppose so. That's one thing I haven't done much of. Could be the reason why a lot of rock buggies modify to full hydro ram assist steering and go away from the old push-pull design. Your rock crawling could be exerting forces on the system that it wasn't designed to withstand.
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