James- Thanks for the offer on the Taps, I may take you up on that, I will check for DOM tube around Stockton and will let you know. I am using tie rod inserts, the way I understand it is the inserts are half the depth of the complete taper, you install the insert on the large end of the taper and the insert has a reverse taper, then you open up the small end of taper with the reamer to match the insert taper. If you just opened the small end of the taper without using an insert you would end up with a taper with half engagement. Are the ford tie rod ends an upgrade to replacement jeep TRE's? are they the same taper as Jeep? Thanks for all the help. Chip.