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PostPosted: Sun Dec 10, 2017 10:43 pm    Post subject: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why? Reply with quote

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?

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:25 am    Post subject: Re: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why? Reply with quote

I think it may be longer.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:19 am    Post subject: Re: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why? Reply with quote

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...
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 4:20 am    Post subject: Re: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why? Reply with quote

Hello
the 181 tie rod is thicker than the bug tie rod Cool
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 9:36 am    Post subject: Re: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why? Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 11, 2017 12:13 pm    Post subject: Re: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why? Reply with quote

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???
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 15, 2017 4:06 pm    Post subject: Re: Tie rod assembly passenger side listed as 181 part why? Reply with quote

This is what happens to a non 181 tie rod!
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