View original topic: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why?
74 Thing Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:43 pm

I see that the complete tie rod assembly on the passenger side is listed as a 181 part. The tie rod ends are type 1 parts. Is there anything special between the Thing tie rod and a Type 1 tie rod tube on the passenger side?


Al Capulco Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:25 am

I think it may be longer.

YDBD Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:19 am

Thicker wall tubing? Many things were similar to Type I, but beefier to handle off road driving or extra weight of the Thing.

Or just more money...

el_safari Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:20 am

the 181 tie rod is thicker than the bug tie rod 8)

sam_w Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:36 am

I bent my tie rod off-roading, and yes the typ 181 tie rod is stronger. I put a sleeve around my bug tie rod, The long one will buckle if you hit a rock with the wheels turned.

Wildthings Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:13 pm

You can slide a piece of pipe over the 181 tie rod to strengthen it. Sorry not sure the size I used, maybe 1" Sch 40, NPT???

sam_w Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:06 pm

This is what happens to a non 181 tie rod!

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