Originally Posted by ipleadda2nd
God this thread is important! I love information that negates the purpose of some of those products out there.
That is one of the perks of wheeling in JV for so many years. If there is a way to break it, wear it out, tear it up or expose any weakness your rig has, it will be done out there if you play there long enough and sometimes, it's not even that long.
We have ruined at least 3 inner C's that I'm aware of in our group or extended group. All were done doing recoveries on rigs with broken parts in the front that require lots of winch work, tugging and towing to get them back to camp.
None of them had bent C's, just egged out holes for the upper balljoint which caused them to lose the press fit.
We've never ruined an inner C that I'm aware of that wasn't on a rig being recovered, so I don't see what good any bracing will do to prevent the most common failure.
Bear in mind we aren't hitting the trails with a lot of wheel spin, so different types of wheeling in other parts of the world may change what fails.