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PRG Extensions vs Titan Tie Rods for T-Swap?

I've been searching trying to find an answer here and can't really come up with anything definitive.

Is there any advantage to running TRE's over the Titan OEM parts? OEM is slightly cheaper, but I'm ok with paying the extra money if there's a good reason to do so.

Any insight would be very much appreciated.

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It saves you the hassle of removing the inner tie-rods from the truck. It is kind of a pain to remove the boot and inner-tie rod (you need a special tool which I had to rent at O'reilly and it still didn't fit perfectly).

So basically:
  • the TRE save you a few hours of time but at a slightly higher cost with a slightly weaker result.
  • OEM Tie rods are slightly cheaper and stronger but require 3-4 more hours of effort to install/rent tool

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  • the TRE save you a few hours of time but at a slightly higher cost with a slightly weaker result.
  • OEM Tie rods are slightly cheaper and stronger but require 3-4 more hours of effort to install/rent tool
Wow 3-4 more hours is pretty significant.

Are both options equally good as far as maintaining alignment is concerned?

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Wow 3-4 more hours is pretty significant.

Are both options equally good as far as maintaining alignment is concerned?
That was for me, but I am also a slow worker who had never worked with Tie-rods before. I also counted the time it took for me to drive to the autoparts store to rent the tool. It is probably closer to 1 hour to swap out the inners once you have the tool lol

Both should have very similar alignment adjustability. I just threw mine on haphazardly and the alignment techs didn't have to touch them.

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@AlbatrossCafe thanks for the heads up man.. I'll have to weigh the pros and cons I guess haha.

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Id go with tire rod swap, just easier in my mind along with the fact its one less failure point with the steering, plus then you get a new set of tire rods for the swap too. After doing it once you'll be a pro, i can do a tire rod swap in like 30 min now.


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Do it right and just replace the tie rods with Titan ones. I just used a large crescent wrench to replace them. I always believe the more parts you have, the worse your odds are.
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Id go with tire rod swap, just easier in my mind along with the fact its one less failure point with the steering, plus then you get a new set of tire rods for the swap too. After doing it once you'll be a pro, i can do a tire rod swap in like 30 min now.
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Do it right and just replace the tie rods with Titan ones. I just used a large crescent wrench to replace them. I always believe the more parts you have, the worse your odds are.
Thanks guys.. just ordered the Titan tie rods. Seems like the right answer.
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Yea, a large crescent wrench and the tool to unhook the clip is all you need for the inners. They will be a pain the first time though.
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