This is our bent tie rod. The factory part is pretty thin-wall tubing, and it will usually hold out just fine until it gets bent once or gets nicked on a rock. Once that happens, the tubing will have a weak spot and it will bend again, usually once your driver-side tire gets bound up against a rock and you try to turn. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to get off the trail. The first step is to remove the bent part.