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They measured for the new TIG-welded 1 1/2 inches over 1 1/4 4130 tie rods with high-misalignment Heim joints. The idea here is that the beefier tie rods and rod ends will take the abuse of larger-than-stock tires, plus will offer sufficient flex for our less than trophy truck. Tie-rod kits are available for '99-to-present GM HD trucks, 1/2-tons, and H3s, while our earlier era '88-'98 variants were prototypes that ran about $500 complete with joints and installation.