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Unread 02-06-2002, 12:22 PM   #1
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Post Aluminum or steel for my tie rod?

I'm replacing my tie rod with beefier tie rod ends on my CJ7. I got to thinking about the new tie rod by Challenger Performance called the Alumi-Flex. Aluminum, although not as strong as steel, has a greater tensile strength (meaning a greater ability to return it it's original shape). They don't make a Alumni-Flex for a CJ7, but I can just fabricate one. But, should I go with it, or stick with a steel tie rod? Can any one see any advantages or disadvantages?



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Unread 02-07-2002, 09:08 AM   #2
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I'd stick with steel.
Aluminum Alloy is 'brittle' almost like an exhaust manifold is (Cast metal). It is strong but if it's bent, it tears. And bending it back is a real hazzard.
With metal, if you smack a rock and want to bend it back, get a big hammer, with will ruin the strength of the part.
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