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post #1 of 2 Old 02-06-2002, 11:22 AM Thread Starter
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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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post #2 of 2 Old 02-07-2002, 08:08 AM
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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 Aluminum...you will ruin the strength of the part.

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