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Old October 23rd, 2010, 12:51 PM
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Tie Rod/Track Rod joint removal....aarrrrghh

When doing my brakes I noticed that one of my tie rod ends was in bad shape, so I ordered a new set figuring that I may as well replace all 3 while I'm at it. I searched the forum and got all the good info about measuring the rods/building a jig and/or counting threads. So now I'm all set to make this "easy" fix. Except for one thing:

How the H do I get the ball joints out of the tubes? I'm sensing the original install may have been in 1984 and taking a wild guess that anti-seize wasn't used. I'm pondering using C4, but I think that might mess things up down the road. My other option at this point involves a rope with a noose. Both would probably annoy the wife.

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Old October 23rd, 2010, 02:32 PM
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I have had to heat them with a torch to unscrew in the past on some old trucks.. May be a good time to upgrade to HD rods while replacing the joints..
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Some judicious use of a large hammer on the tube in the region where the joint screws into the tube shakes things loose pretty well. then put the rod in the vise and twist the joint with a large ring spannet hooked over the tapered section.
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..May be a good time to upgrade to HD rods while replacing the joints..
I'm sure Rovertracks will see my $$ sooner rather than later, but I didn't think about this ahead of time. Fortunately now everything is anti-seized, so next time should be a cinch.

Anyone using the high clearance rod? Worth the extra $100?

Also - another question out of curiosity. One of the replacement ends (#RTC5870) that I got has a nipple on it, but my original did not. The other new one (#RTC5869) does not. Whats up with that?
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