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post #16 of 17 Old 04-19-2019, 09:34 PM
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I do more challenging trails, lots of rocks.

I don't break them, I bend them. In a JK, the Tie Rod is usually the first thing that gets hit as it's a lot lower than in other Jeeps.

Steel bends and doesn't go back. Aluminum flexes and returns to straight. If you don't do a lot of rocks, the Barnes will be a good fit. My worry was the fact that 1 ton ends are 7/8" steel. The 2.5 ton ends are 1.25" steel, which is a significant increase in strength.
Thanks again for all the info, think I'll go with the Barnes and have an extra set of TRE's on hand.
Appreciate all the help from you and Propped!


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So I wanted to add to my prior comment.



The reason my TRE broke on the barnes was because my PSC bracket rotated on the tie rod and put stress on the TRE. Looking back on it, def was a rotational snap. When I called barnes they sent me a new one no questions since it was the first time out. The reason I know this is because this happened two more times since. Latest was two weekends ago... No TRE break, but the bracket moving. I drilled and tapped 3 holes in the bottom of the bracket with 3/16 set screws, chamfered the rod. Should do two things. No rotation. No Slide.



There is no design issue with the Barnes at all, and for the money is the best thing you can buy for a tie rod. Sure there are 1.75 aluminum. The 1 5/8 moly from Teraflex is pretty beefy. These all cost more though.... The Teraflex stabilizer bracket is where the set screw idea came from.... not a strong enough bracket nor does it have an option for the 5/8 bolt from PSC. So I modified the PSC.


Attached is an example of how strong this is. Tight rock section up on 3 wheels turned hard passenger. Got down off the rock by turning hard driver. Sorry about quality. Cant post a video so these are screen grabs.
Thanks for the pics, I think I'm comfortable choosing the Barnes with the info you & Cranbiz have given me, just need to determine if I need to flip draglink now and raise TB brkt. DL & TB are dang close to parallel but if they could be level too then that's the sweet spot right?

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