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 Land Rover Defenders and Series 1 Discovery'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 tyre wear and poor handling. When Land Rovers are fitted with very large tyres the forces acting on the steering gear are far greater especially when attacking obstacles off-road, hard impacts on the wheels can also bend or kink the steering rods causing serious steering problems. The problem is not just for recreational and competitive off-roaders, for example contractors and farmers driving in ruts can easily bend the track rod effecting the safe steering of the Land Rover.
Terrafirma Steering Rods are made from solid 30mm diameter steel and are supplied with precisely machined left and right hand threads, locking nuts and quality greaseable track rod ends. For Discovery's a steering damper bracket is also included.