Honestly, it won't take a huge hit to bend em either. Glamisfan and Mega were both suprised that I bent one this last dune season. It was a fair to middlin drop, but after looking at the hill, I wouldn't have thouhgt I woulda bent one either. Get some aftermarket one, (I got CT Racing) or atleast a spare oem if you can.
I carry both my oems for spares (the bent one now has a chrome moly sleave) incase one of my fellow Mav riders find himself in the same perdicament.
Legend Call Alex Reed "AReed" REPLACEMENT TIE RODS (CT Racing)
Get them on order and throw away the stock ones. $80.00 insurance!
They fit and are solid, Alex is stand up guy and offers a lifetime warranty on them.