Once you flip the tie rod and drag link up over the knuckle, the factory axle-side track bar mount is in the way. Add to that a straight tie rod, and you can’t even get it installed without some more cutting and grinding. The kink in the factory steering is to clear the axle-side track bar mount. We like our steering non-kinky. Also, if you flip the steering up over the knuckle and somehow manage to leave the factory mount on the axle, you’ll have some wicked bumpsteer. The drag link and track bar need to be at the same angle for no bumpsteer.