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Kind of similar setup, I have a spring perch lift with 37's and have the tie rod boogeyman under my bed as well. I have JKS tie rod sleeves and delrin inserts in both sides of my steering rack. I overland mostly but do enjoy the rocks when I can. Still have not broken a rack or tie rod yet, Knock on wood. If I do, I am upgrading to the HOSS 3.0 immediately.
The tie rods are weak and can break, there is plenty of evidence of this. I'm trying to decide if the steering rack boogeyman is real or just an over-imagined ghost based on a few stories. The golden question everone wants to know is: If I upgrade the tie rods, how likely is it that my rack then breaks? I feel like if you are running 37's on a lift, and you upgrade the tie rods (with sleeves, or beefier tie rods), you should at a minimum add the bushings in the rack - sounds like you've done that (were they BB or Rough Country btw, that's a whole other debate :)

I'm on the fence of just leaving it all stock and carrying spare tie rods (it's not a hard swap/fix on the trail), or doing the Icons + bushings and MAYBE the 74weld cap as well??
 

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Nice!!! I’ll simply show Ford/warranty where it says” lift me BABY” 😂
Just remember, that was put there by some intern that didn't realize the reality of the situation.
 

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11/16/2021 BUILT Basesquatch Rapid red, 3 inch ready lift, Icon Tie rods, 17inch Black Rhino Rapids, see what I did there :) Toyo Open Country AT3. Rear support Hammer built for spare. During install LH Rear reservoir was found missing. Trails in 3 days...
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  • Thoughts on the tailgate reinforcement plate? I have a 37" spare on there which is plenty heavy, but those plates don't decrease load on the hinges, just distribute load across the tailgate and to the hinges from the sheet metal where the spare mount is. I haven't heard any squeaking or have any concerns really. Is there any noticeable difference w/ the reinforcement plate?
 

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2 other questions -
  • what rock slider steps do you have?
  • Thoughts on the tailgate reinforcement plate? I have a 37" spare on there which is plenty heavy, but those plates don't decrease load on the hinges, just distribute load across the tailgate and to the hinges from the sheet metal where the spare mount is. I haven't heard any squeaking or have any concerns really. Is there any noticeable difference w/ the reinforcement plate?
https://www.gorhino.com/i-30506845-...-with-rocker-panel-mounting-brackets-kit.html.

I mainly got those 2.2yrs ago for inconsiderate Folks, no door dings or any mutilation to report after 2.2 yrs. Wonder how many doors they damaged tho? Yes Correct, The Hammer Built distributes load across the tailgate sheet metal where the spare mount is. I haven't heard any BSR (Buzz, Squeak rattle) back there, seems Robust AF. I was going to get the more robust hinges as well but decided to try without, after I calculated what I already spent and seen the hinge pricing. Normally its Buy once cry once, But I'm curious how this will hold up...
 
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11/16/2021 BUILT Basesquatch Rapid red, 3 inch ready lift, Icon Tie rods, 17inch Black Rhino Rapids, see what I did there :) Toyo Open Country AT3. Rear support Hammer built for spare. During install LH Rear reservoir was found missing. Trails in 3 days...

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Would you recommend the Hammer built spare reinforcement? Cost? Install difficulty?
 
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Would you recommend the Hammer built spare reinforcement? Cost? Install difficulty?
I really like the fit finish, highly recommended. Install was actually a little longer than expected. I installed in my non heated garage with outside temps -20, by myself. It was therapeutic let’s say. Easier in warmer temps I’d imagine. 😂
Ford Bronco After 2 yrs 2 months 5 days... Modded my Basesquatch. IMG_0437
 
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I really like the fit finish, highly recommended. Install was actually a little longer than expected. I installed in my non heated garage with outside temps -20, by myself. It was therapeutic let’s say. Easier in warmer temps I’d imagine. 😂
Thanks for the info! Your rig looks awesome!
 

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Keep an eye on that rust on the shock reservoirs. Several people have reported the reservoirs popping off, with both Ford and Bilstein claiming this is not a warrantied item.
 
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Keep an eye on that rust on the shock reservoirs. Several people have reported the reservoirs popping off, with both Ford and Bilstein claiming this is not a warrantied item.
Copy will do. Already missing the driver rear.
 

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The tie rods are weak and can break, there is plenty of evidence of this. I'm trying to decide if the steering rack boogeyman is real or just an over-imagined ghost based on a few stories. The golden question everone wants to know is: If I upgrade the tie rods, how likely is it that my rack then breaks? I feel like if you are running 37's on a lift, and you upgrade the tie rods (with sleeves, or beefier tie rods), you should at a minimum add the bushings in the rack - sounds like you've done that (were they BB or Rough Country btw, that's a whole other debate :)

I'm on the fence of just leaving it all stock and carrying spare tie rods (it's not a hard swap/fix on the trail), or doing the Icons + bushings and MAYBE the 74weld cap as well??
I assure the rack boogeyman is real. We had 2 Broncos lose racks on same day this summer. One was lifted with aftermarket wheels and tires, the other was bone stock Sasquatch. the stock one didn’t even have upgraded tie rods. Neither one had done anything to beef up the rack.
 

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I assure the rack boogeyman is real. We had 2 Broncos lose racks on same day this summer. One was lifted with aftermarket wheels and tires, the other was bone stock Sasquatch. the stock one didn’t even have upgraded tie rods. Neither one had done anything to beef up the rack.
Dang, that's not good. What exactly went out on the rack? Did it crack the actual casing, or pop the pressure valve cap? Or something else?
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