Metal carnage in the dirt is almost unavoidable. If you’re not breaking parts, you’re not going fast enough! Most of the time it’s driver error, but sometimes it’s just a weak part that wasn’t up to the task of constant abuse from going fast in the dirt. One of the most notorious part failures we encounter here at OFF-ROAD magazine are bent tie rods on ’02-to’08 four-wheel-drive Chevy HD IFS trucks. These tie rods are only a half-inch thick so it’s no surprise when we see or hear about someone bending them up like pretzels from a hard landing or two. Luckily, Rough Country Suspension has come up with an affordable heavy-duty solution to keep those tie rods true and straight with their new HD Tie Rod Sleeve upgrade kit! The threaded steel-sleeves replaces the factory jam nuts and slides over the tie rod, effectively increasing the thickness of the tie rod to 1-inch and lessenining the chances of bending or breaking them while flogging your truck. The HD Tie Rod Sleeve upgrade kit is under $35 and can easily be installed by the average person in less than an hour! 01. Here you can see just how small the factory tie rods are in comparison to the new Rough Country HD Tie-Rod Sleeve above. The Rough Country HD Tie Rod Sleeves are 1-inch thick and thread onto the tie rod increasing its overall strength.01. Here you can see just how small the factory tie rods are in comparison to the new Rou 02. The factory jam nuts are not reused as the new Rough Country HD Tie Rod Sleeves are threaded on one end to act as the jam nut while also increasing the overall size of the tie rod.02. The factory jam nuts are not reused as the new Rough Country HD Tie Rod Sleeves are t 03. The finished product. The sleeves reinforce the fragile areas of the tie rod making it incredibly difficult to bend or break from hard off road abuse.03. The finished product. The sleeves reinforce the fragile areas of the tie rod making i Sources Rough Country Suspension 1400 Morgan Road Dyersburg TN 38024 800-222-7023 www.roughcountry.com By Agustin Jimenez Enjoyed this Post? Subscribe to our RSS Feed, or use your favorite social media to recommend us to friends and colleagues!