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How To Toughen Up Duramax Tie Rods
Tie rods are known to be a weak link in the otherwise reliable GM Duramax pickup, but Longhorn Fab Shop has an answer. Their bolt-on sleeves make it easy to toughen up the tie rods.
  “There are other sleeves on the market, but they thread onto the tie rod,” says Manfred Schreyer, Longhorn Fab Shop. “People often realize they have a tie rod issue after putting on new wheels and tires and getting them aligned. Threading on tie rods means having to get another realignment.”
  Shreyer notes that flexing under hard loads can often be enough to snap the factory installed tie rods in two. Beefing them up is essential, especially if off-roading, sled pulling or drag racing.
  Longhorn’s clamshell-shaped sleeves are priced at $179.17. Offered in either steel or stainless steel, no disassembly of the front end is needed. The sleeves are machined from solid stock and fit directly over the stock tie rods on 2001 to 2016 GM Duramax trucks.
  Installation takes less than 15 min. It requires no special tools or skills. Simply place the two halves over the tie rod and line up the machined holes. Insert and tighten the 10 allen head bolts and snug down the smaller set screws to keep the sleeve from moving around.
  Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Longhorn Fab Shop, LLC, 11788 Air Hill Rd., Brookville, Ohio 45309 (ph 855 797-8478; contactus@longhornfabshop.com; www.longhornfabshop.com).

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2016 - Volume #40, Issue #3