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ruff stuff one ton tie rod

i am looking for opinions on this product. pros, cons ect... it seems stout but if anyone has used/seen it first had their impression would be helpful. thanks

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I have been contemplating this mod for a while, it's a solid option for 150 bucks.

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Awesome set up for a great price. I have been running it for along time with no issues. Just make sure you are running at least a 16.5 inch wheel and your good to go. Tightened up my front end tremendously. There are a couple of threads on this topic.

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Did the same thing on my TJ. Will be doing the same in my JK. Super strong and had close to 40k on them with zero wear.
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Welded one up for someone on Saturday. Nice little kit for the $$.

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Like other have said it is hard to beat for the money and is super beefy. I have built 5 so far and they work great.

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I'm running it too. Love it. 17" factories and needed spacers.

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Dr. Dirty did a write up on this recently. I loved Ruff Stuff when I was building my XJ and its great to see these parts on the JKs.

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so what are you guys doing about a steering stabilizer? i looked into the poly tube clamp but it only fits 1.3 od tube. i guess some u-bolts and a plate would work. any suggestions would help.

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so what are you guys doing about a steering stabilizer? i looked into the poly tube clamp but it only fits 1.3 od tube. i guess some u-bolts and a plate would work. any suggestions would help.
I got the Poly PPM-3112-06 with mounting tabs, but still haven't installed it. Running no stabilizer for the last year probably.

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so what are you guys doing about a steering stabilizer? i looked into the poly tube clamp but it only fits 1.3 od tube. i guess some u-bolts and a plate would work. any suggestions would help.
We weren't quite ready for that change on the one I did, we welded a tab to it for the time being. That kinda defeated the adjustment on it, but he didn't want to run w/o a SS.

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My RC stabilizer brackets fit fine. On my buddies 11 we just modified the factory mount with my die grinder to fit. For the others I have built a clamp using some spare tube I had around the shop.

The backup for all of these was u-bolts and 3/16" plate.

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so what are you guys doing about a steering stabilizer? i looked into the poly tube clamp but it only fits 1.3 od tube. i guess some u-bolts and a plate would work. any suggestions would help.
The factory one will work with a little persuasion, I just bent the u-bolts a little and it will bolt up. I actually just installed a 1.5 poly clamp that I welded a threaded bung to and it works perfect.
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someone stated you have to run a minimum of a 16.5" wheel? is this correct? i am running 16's. no idea of backspacing on them but not oem

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someone stated you have to run a minimum of a 16.5" wheel? is this correct? i am running 16's. no idea of backspacing on them but not oem
I believe it is hit or miss with 16's. I think I have an old ruff stuff tre laying around I could send you so that you could test fit. I'll send it on my dime if you pay it forward for someone else that needs it for a test fit

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The Gm 1 ton offset tie rod ends are very close on a 17 inch wheel with 3.5 backspace.
I have heard they will clear the 16.5 with 3.5 backspace TWF recentered wheels.

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i run one, i just moved my ss to the drag link fo rthe time being, it looks like a bracket from a f250 will fit and i have one laying around i plan to try one my jeep is put back together.

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We use these ends in our Aluminum Steering and I can say with about 95% certainty they will not fit with a 16" wheel. It would have to be a steel wheel with a pretty good radius or little to no backspacing to have any chance.

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I believe it is hit or miss with 16's. I think I have an old ruff stuff tre laying around I could send you so that you could test fit. I'll send it on my dime if you pay it forward for someone else that needs it for a test fit
that would be awesome, i actually just pm'd gravel maker on pirate. i really need to get this tie rod done.

is it offset or normal style? i have a guy local that can bend my tube if i can't run an offset tre so i really just need to know now if i can clear the standard style ruff stuff tre.

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Double thumbs up for RuffStuff Tie Rods! I've got on on my JK and its very beefy! Both Poly and JKS make a tie rod clamp to fit the tube from what I've found. (I've got the JKS bracket on mine)
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Bringing up this old post... ordered the offset 1ton TREs and waiting for them in the mail. Did this the same time as I grabbed some 35s on a 17" wheel. Question is, will I have any clearance issues with a 17" wheel that has 4.25" backspacing? I would try test fitting if I had the TREs but I'm still waiting for them in the mail... have my new wheels and tires and have a buyer for my old ones, so if anyone could let me know if this will work it would be much appreciated.
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Bringing up this old post... ordered the offset 1ton TREs and waiting for them in the mail. Did this the same time as I grabbed some 35s on a 17" wheel. Question is, will I have any clearance issues with a 17" wheel that has 4.25" backspacing? I would try test fitting if I had the TREs but I'm still waiting for them in the mail... have my new wheels and tires and have a buyer for my old ones, so if anyone could let me know if this will work it would be much appreciated.
you shouldnt have any clearance issues. I have installed them on a few jeeps, all with 17" wheels. Tons of room.

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you shouldnt have any clearance issues. I have installed them on a few jeeps, all with 17" wheels. Tons of room.
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