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We went to Kansas Rocks for a shakedown run before our SMORR shakedown run, which is a shakedown for our Moab trip. We had a great pace, starting out in the South 40 and working our way North towards Carnage Canyon and Zuke's Squeeze. We had a respectable mix of rig capabilities but most were JK Unlimiteds. The largest was a 2015 JKU Rubicon on Dana 60 axles, 38.9" Toyo Mud Country tires and a 5.7l Hemi. Another JKU had a Sprintex supercharger. This was the LJ Rubicon's maiden voyage after being saved from a local dealership. The guys at Stomper Offroad in Olathe, KS put JK Rubicon axles under it with a Metalcloak long arm kit, which substantially lengthened the wheelbase. At the end of the day, which we'll call "lunchtime", the red Hemi JK ("Bass Mouth") snapped a Fusion tie rod. As he was climbing Zuke's Squeeze a rock was pulled up between the tire and frame, which split the cast tie rod end. Ironically, nobody brought a trailer. So we had to wait for a very good friend who was owed a lot of tacos and chicken wings, to drive his trailer down with a replacement Synergy tie rod (temporary).

 

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It is. Anything can break and the way the rock went in, it was going to fail and it is far better it be a simple tie rod end than a ball joint or knuckle. That is also why we have a lifetime warranty and new parts on the way.
I don't think any tie rod in the world could withstand what happened. You've got a stout product and the owner is more than happy to continue running it. :beer:
 
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