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Old July 15th, 2011, 12:38 PM
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Tie Rod End Replacement

Does anyone know the tread direction on the passenger side vs. the driver side tie rod ends? BTW, advanced auto has tie rod ends with grease fittings for less than $20 each. I'm going that route vs. OEM replacements that dry out too quickly.

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Old July 15th, 2011, 01:01 PM
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Just saw that Stephen has greasable tie rod ends for 10 bucks..

http://www.safarihp.com/defender/def...g/rtc5870.html
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Old July 15th, 2011, 01:06 PM
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Thanks, i'll give him a call.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 01:12 PM
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As for the thread direction.... i'm sure there is a factory fitting 'side', but it depends if someone has taken it apart in the past.

Best bet is to loosen the lock clamp and give it a twist.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 01:15 PM
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Ah, smart man. I'm actually running a HD track rod and drag link and therefore they could be flipped around. Thansk for the advice.
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I believe the old adage, "you get what you pay for". They cost a little more but I stick to Lemforder (part of Zf). Rovafarm sells them for $29, he ships USPS priority boxes so you get them quick & cheap!

As far as the threading, one side is reverse of the other. This allows the tow-in/out to be adjusted by turning the bar connecting them.
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Thanks Dennis. I haven't figured out why Land Rover supplies parts that can't be more servicable and when I see something like this it makes sense to me to take a gamble. BTW, the tie rods I picked up from our local parts store look pretty stout. In addition to the grease fittings they also came with a boot which should protect as well. Its rare for me to find a local shop that has something i can use and even more so to find that there has been some thought in the design and follow-through. If they fail within 30k miles like the last OEM set I installed I'll know better next time.

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i have had no luck with Lemforder and won't install them again.
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Old July 15th, 2011, 05:51 PM
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i have had no luck with Lemforder and won't install them again.
Did they wear out too soon?

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Does anyone know the tread direction on the passenger side vs. the driver side tie rod ends? BTW, advanced auto has tie rod ends with grease fittings for less than $20 each. I'm going that route vs. OEM replacements that dry out too quickly.

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How's the condition of your pitman arm ball joint ? Mine was so shot (@130Kmiles), I could move the joint with my hand. I did put a grease fitting on the base plate of the kit.
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My lemforders were bad after about 7k miles; coulda been a bad install on my part, but I doubt it. I'm going to give the Safariresto greased ones a shot - and if they last 10k miles, it'll be a victory.
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Right side should be RH thread and the left side LH thread
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It really doesn't matter which end threads which way, as long as they are opposite.
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I believe the old adage, "you get what you pay for". They cost a little more but I stick to Lemforder (part of Zf). Rovafarm sells them for $29, he ships USPS priority boxes so you get them quick & cheap!
If you don't like the Lemforder Trevor carries two other brands.
When I spoke with him a while back he said he was getting in some that were greasable and have castellated nuts, which is what I like best.
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