When sourcing tie rods, finding information about the steel used to form them will go a long way in providing peace of mind – especially when it comes to applications that involve risk management. Below are three questions that you should ask your bearing manufacturer.
Sway bars and links are found in ATVs, forklifts, racing cars and family cars – basically any type of vehicle with a suspension.
When a forklift OEM provided samples for a tie rod quote, CCTY Bearing Company engineers took a look at the overall design. Based on knowledge from working with similar applications in the commercial truck industry, the engineers were able to improve the tie rods used in the steering mechanism.
Tie rods in forklift steering are traditionally metal-on-metal, which requires periodic re-greasing and leads to a shortened lifespan. They also include a coil spring and two cups behind the ball joint. CCTY Bearing Company’s design utilized a metal on nylon, self-lubricating design that eliminated the need for cups and the spring – providing cost savings.