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!