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I've done some decent searches and can't find any real awnsers . 2016 outty 1000 xt-p with about 600 miles on it . Heard some knocking during a ride , got it home while doing my clean/ post ride inspection , noticed tie rods ends are getting pretty loose and knocking .... Is this normal at this milage ? Is it a weak point on these machines ? Guys just change the ends out or ive read some guys change out the whole arms for aftermarket
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I've done some decent searches and can't find any real awnsers . 2016 outty 1000 xt-p with about 600 miles on it . Heard some knocking during a ride , got it home while doing my clean/ post ride inspection , noticed tie rods ends are getting pretty loose and knocking .... Is this normal at this milage ? Is it a weak point on these machines ? Guys just change the ends out or ive read some guys change out the whole arms for aftermarket
The tie rods are soft if you get in just the right situation they bend. I horse shoed my left one 20 miles from my truck was quite a challenge to get back. If replacing the inner & outer ends I would recommend replacing the tie rods also with after market beefed up ones. The ends also get loose with low mileage.
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So this is fairly common for this machine ? I found aftermarket ends for like $40 but all new beefed up (12mm) American star arms and ends for $90
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I have Am star rods & ends had a problem with them a few years ago they sent me replacements so far holding up. The only thing when installing the Am star ends you will need to shim under the castle nut so the cotter key will hold the nut tight or drill a new hole lower. These OE tie rod ends are not tapered fit so you need to get them tight or you will have a problem. You might want to call them to see if they have fixed this yet. Other than the hole placement this current set has held up well. If your going to replace the ends buy the whole kit both ends & tie rod.

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Maybe a nyloc nut and some shims just to keep er tight from backing off ? Yeah not being a tapered fit , will post problems if not tight , good insight , thank you !
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That's really disappointing to hear, you'd really have to think they would've sorted out something as simple as tie rods by now.

But I put some Am Star tie rods on my Brute, quality product, good price, fwiw.

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Honestly never gave it any thought of the arms or ends being a weak point , they looked decent , but now I'm looking into it alot of guys bend um like pool noodles quite frequently ? And couldn't imagine how much fun THAT is to try and limp home with one wheel pointing out , prolly does wonders for everything else ,axles, ball joints bearings , while trying to limp it home .... Glad I checked into it I guess , rather spend some little coin now and no worry than be fu*ked on the trail 20 miles from the truck in a mud hole
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I have Am star rods & ends had a problem with them a few years ago they sent me replacements so far holding up. The only thing when installing the Am star ends you will need to shim under the castle nut so the cotter key will hold the nut tight or drill a new hole lower. These OE tie rod ends are not tapered fit so you need to get them tight or you will have a problem. You might want to call them to see if they have fixed this yet. Other than the hole placement this current set has held up well. If your going to replace the ends buy the whole kit both ends & tie rod.

I just bought a set recently, they have definitely not fixed this issue, but they are very heavy duty.

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Honestly never gave it any thought of the arms or ends being a weak point , they looked decent , but now I'm looking into it alot of guys bend um like pool noodles quite frequently ? And couldn't imagine how much fun THAT is to try and limp home with one wheel pointing out , prolly does wonders for everything else ,axles, ball joints bearings , while trying to limp it home .... Glad I checked into it I guess , rather spend some little coin now and no worry than be fu*ked on the trail 20 miles from the truck in a mud hole


Takes 5 min to trail fix. Pop the outer tie rod end out, unscrew from the inner, stick it in someone’s trailer hitch and straighten er out 1/2 decent. The stock rods really are soft metal.
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That's IF u got tools or can get it out ..
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