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Unread 07-16-2012, 09:37 PM   #1
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Two weeks ago I broke the left front tie rod. So put a new one on and broke it last night. Are these known to break easily and is there something out there that's better?
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Unread 07-16-2012, 09:49 PM   #2
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That's more than I've heard of in a year, what are you doing?

Maybe you just got a bad replacement?
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Unread 07-16-2012, 10:07 PM   #3
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First time I broke it crossing a small ditch. I didn't get squared up good so I figured my bad right. The 2nd time I was driving in the dark and hit a (not very big) rock and it cranked the wheel to the left and pop it broke.
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Unread 07-16-2012, 10:51 PM   #4
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First time I broke it crossing a small ditch. I didn't get squared up good so I figured my bad right. The 2nd time I was driving in the dark and hit a (not very big) rock and it cranked the wheel to the left and pop it broke.
i assume they are breaking at the ball part (kinda pulling out of the socket so to speak?) they are pretty cheap,,, (pop metal i suppose) and arent at all designed to take any punishment,,, i would assume.

I worked on cars for 20 years and only saw a few break ever and they were really really abused (bent wheel, damaged control arms etc..) but in this case they do look like a general tie rod so one off a car would work if the threads matched up. I dont know if that helps or not but if a guy had a rack and pinion laying around might be interesting to see if they would fit. Also check with the lift company guys and see if they make an upgrade. good luck with it, paul
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Unread 07-16-2012, 10:55 PM   #5
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That's a good idea!
Certainly our big tires and big rocks are putting much greater leverage and force on the units than the orig designer intended...
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Unread 07-16-2012, 11:15 PM   #6
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Wow, a broken tie rod? I've never seen that happen.
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Unread 07-17-2012, 07:45 AM   #7
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A buddy of mine used to break his all the time on a Yamaha ATV, so I had another friend that has a machine shop make him 2 one for each side. He kept it 7 or 8 more years and never bent or broke another. Bigger tires, rough terrain, curbs and such wreak havoc on them that are made for a golf course.
I think he made them for around 40.00 each. Just a thought!!!!!1
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Unread 07-17-2012, 09:05 AM   #8
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Here are pics
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Unread 07-17-2012, 09:12 AM   #9
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I am considering using these
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Unread 07-17-2012, 03:43 PM   #10
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I like those. Where did you find them?
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