Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by muleman7 » Thu Sep 06, 2018 8:02 pm

Mike47 yes I got your e-mail and will respond with a quote.
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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Chuck W. » Thu Jun 13, 2019 2:45 pm

Today I started the tie rod upgrade that TGA described on page 2 of this thread. I am very impressed with this, TGA did an excellent job sourcing
the parts and pieces and describing his process. The hardest part was machining the tapered adapters! Looks like it's going to work great for me.

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Thu Jun 13, 2019 8:19 pm

Looking good Chuck, your workmanship is most impressive!

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by tga » Thu Jun 13, 2019 11:11 pm

Glad it's working out for you, it has held up well for me. Just wait till you drive it, you'll think you installed power steering! Ok, maybe it doesn't steer that easy, but it definitely made mine steer with noticeably less effort. I can also drive it in 4ws at full speed now, which was a death wish with the old tie rod ends!

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Chuck W. » Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:20 am

TGA, did you also replace the tie rod from the front bell crank to the steering box? I bought the extra pieces to do it because I have bad ends there too.


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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by tga » Sat Jun 15, 2019 7:23 am

Chuck W. wrote:
Fri Jun 14, 2019 9:20 am
TGA, did you also replace the tie rod from the front bell crank to the steering box? I bought the extra pieces to do it because I have bad ends there too.
Yep, sure did.

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Chuck W. » Sun Jun 16, 2019 2:40 pm

Thanks, that seems to be where most of the loose motion is on my front axle. Finished the rear axle, turned the mule around and started on the front. Four bushings to machine. Eeyore is loving the attention!
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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Chuck W. » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:11 pm

Eeyore is a happy mule now! Tie rod upgrade is complete and I could not be happier with the results!
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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:52 pm

Congratulations on the job Chuck. It appears that your new vehicle lift doesn't sit around much between jobs.

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Chuck W. » Thu Jun 20, 2019 3:41 pm

I've had that lift for 7-8 years, it's a back saver!

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Thu Jun 20, 2019 6:29 pm

I thought it was the blue one you bought a year or two ago you use on your mule. Either way being able to stand up and work on your vehicle sure makes a world of difference.

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Chuck W. » Thu Jun 20, 2019 7:53 pm

Well, you got me to thinking, when DID I buy that lift? Checked my records and it was in 2015! I can't remember not having it, I use it for the jeeps, the mules, even for changing the blades on the lawn mower!

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Fri Jun 21, 2019 6:17 am

Looks like we were both wrong, I think you would agree that it is one of your useful purchases.

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by Auto Shop teacher » Fri Jun 21, 2019 8:09 pm

Forgot to ask, I imagine the steering is much tighter and responsive with getting rid of all of the play at the tie rod ends, but do you notice any difference in the steering effort at the wheel?

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Re: Tie-rod assembly upgrade?

Post by emmado22 » Sun Jun 23, 2019 5:39 pm

Stupid question... How do you know when it is time to replace the tie rod ends?
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