Curing Weak Tie Rods: Rough Country HD Tie Rod SleevesPosted in How To on July 1, 2012 Comment (0)
Metal carnage in the dirt is almost unavoidable. If you’re not breaking parts, you’re not going fast enough! Most of the time it’s driver error, but sometimes it’s just a weak part that wasn’t up to the task of constant abuse from going fast in the dirt.
One of the most notorious part failures we encounter here at OFF-ROAD magazine are bent tie rods on ’02-to’08 four-wheel-drive Chevy HD IFS trucks. These tie rods are only a half-inch thick so it’s no surprise when we see or hear about someone bending them up like pretzels from a hard landing or two.
Luckily, Rough Country Suspension has come up with an affordable heavy-duty solution to keep those tie rods true and straight with their new HD Tie Rod Sleeve upgrade kit! The threaded steel-sleeves replaces the factory jam nuts and slides over the tie rod, effectively increasing the thickness of the tie rod to 1-inch and lessenining the chances of bending or breaking them while flogging your truck. The HD Tie Rod Sleeve upgrade kit is under $35 and can easily be installed by the average person in less than an hour!