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Old February 4th, 2010, 10:46 PM
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So I am going to replace them this weekend but have really no idea how much work is ahead of me. The particulars seem pretty straight forward but are there any pitfalls?

Here is what I know to do:
1. measure and/or mark where the old ones are for reference.
2. take it to an alignment shop afterwards.
3. drink a beer Saturday night.

Anything I am missing?

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Old February 5th, 2010, 07:48 AM
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The only thing I would suggest, if they use nylocks rather than castellated nuts, is to get a plain nut to use to snug them down in the arms, then remove it and install the nylock. Saves fooling around trying to keep the ball joint from spinning.

Oh, I use the measure method, from the center of the head to center of the head.
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Old February 5th, 2010, 03:24 PM
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Old February 5th, 2010, 03:45 PM
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Are you replacing the complete assemblies?

If so, or if not, I find one at a time is the easiest way to get the allignment right. I do the front one first and then adjust it until the steering wheel is back alligned right. Then do the same with the back one. You can check your work with string or tape measurer. Also, I put antiseize on the threads of the ball joints where the go into the tubes.

If you have to get the ball joints out of the tubes you are in for some fun. Heat + 3ft pipe wrench is all that I have found works. Helps to spread the split out a bit.

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Old February 6th, 2010, 01:18 AM
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I got new tie rod ends from DAP, so just the joint and not the entire drag link/pittman arm. As usual, I select a project that will likely be "fun". These "fun" maintenance issues seem to fall short on amusement. I haven't even started and I just learned my floor jack is broken!

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Old February 6th, 2010, 01:33 AM
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1. measure and/or mark where the old ones are for reference.
Another trick is to build a quick jig out of scraps of wood to match the tie rod as you take it off. Then just make sure it fits once you put it back together.
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Some good advice above.

Only addition: In addition to measuring...Count the threads on the old ball joints and transfer same count to the new set.

No need to take it to an alignment shop if you do it well.
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Old February 6th, 2010, 01:37 PM
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That is way complicated. Bungie the sticks to the wheels and adjust it till they measure the same front and back or what ever toe in or out you believe in If you like how it works now measure it before you take it apart and redo that measurement with the new ends
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