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DaveInDenver
05-17-2008, 07:13 AM
So, question about IFS steering (OK, this is probably directed at AxleIke) spare parts. If, say, one had a Total Chaos idler arm that required one to drill out the steering relay rod to 5/8", thus rendering it no longer usable with a stock idler arm. And one wanted to consolidate spare parts to minimize weight and space, what option do you think is the best solution?

Assumption: A second TC idler arm, being $325 now 4 years later, is 100% out of the question.

1. Continue to carry both a stock relay rod and idler arm, if one of them fails, change both.
2. Just drill out a relay rod to 5/8" already and ditch the spare stock idler arm.

I guess I'm asking, have you ever heard of a trail like, oh just for the sake of argument, the Rubicon, breaking a Total Chaos idler arm? I'd have to guess that if a TC idler broke, it's because the frame behind came with it.

AxleIke
05-17-2008, 10:53 AM
I've only ever heard of TC arms breaking in extreme jumping conditions (100mph nose dive sort of things, coincidently also wrecking the truck.)

So, I would advise you to drill out the stock relay rod, not bother with the idler arm, since its extremely unlikely that you will break it. I won't say impossible, but thats the way I'm leaning.

I would carry an inner and outter tie rod end, and one or two adjuster sleeves, as they are the weakest part.

DaveInDenver
05-18-2008, 06:54 AM
I've only ever heard of TC arms breaking in extreme jumping conditions (100mph nose dive sort of things, coincidently also wrecking the truck.)

So, I would advise you to drill out the stock relay rod, not bother with the idler arm, since its extremely unlikely that you will break it. I won't say impossible, but thats the way I'm leaning.

I would carry an inner and outter tie rod end, and one or two adjuster sleeves, as they are the weakest part.
Yeah, my line of thinking is the same, just wanted validation. :-)

AxleIke
01-19-2011, 11:25 AM
What is this fixation with bringing back seriously old threads?