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SD- There is always one weaker/weakest piece of rigging on a boat. Even if the are all the same, the loads on them are different so one is "weaker" based on working loads on them.
IIRC there are fittings that can be used with rod rigging as well, I know I've read recommendations to keep one extra piece, as long as the longest in the rigging, on board with rod rigged boats. Wouldn't do much good unless it could be attached, right?
There's one other thing not mentioned here. If you replace rod rigging with wire, when it is time to sell the boat you may take a loss offsetting the savings. What you are doing is replacing a diesel engine with a gasoline one: Cheaper, but not what the buyer expects to find on that boat, or her sister ships. It might be worthwhile having a shop inspect the end fittings and give you some options, before junking the rod rigging and replacing it with the cheaper option of wire.