Ground clearance is an important factor for successful off-road driving. The lowest points of the vehicle will inevitably make contact with the ground at some stage while driving in ruts or negotiating rocks and tree stumps. The steering rods on live axle Land Rover Discovery 2's are particularly vulnerable and can easily get bent seriously affecting front wheel alignment and steering ability. Even slightly bent steering rods can cause excessive tire wear and poor handling. For Discovery 2 vehicles that are fitted with very large tires, the forces acting on the steering gear are far greater, especially when off-road. Hard impacts on the wheels can also bend or kink the steering rods causing serious steering problems.
Terrafirma steering rods are made from solid 30mm diameter steel and are supplied with precisely machined left and right hand threads, locking nuts, quality greaseable track rod ends, and a steering damper bracket.
Watch Doug, our Land Rover Master Technician, in Part Five (Extra) of our video how-to series, as he removes and replaces the standard panhard rod and steering rod assemblies on our project D2. Doug then upgrades with and installs Terrafirma all-steel, heavy-duty models, designed to withstand the stresses of off-roading. Questions about this video? Call us at 1-800-533-2210 or contact us via live chat.
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