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Tie rod ends

The front end of LoModYJ is getting a bit loose. Looks like the tie rod ends and possibly the ball joints could use some freshening. Seems the rags carry full replacement ends and not just the bushings...

1) Is it that much easier to replace the whole end? (why not just the bushings?)

2) Are the replacements in 4Wheel Parts/Q-tech/JC Witless all pretty much the same quality? Are these the ones to use or is there a better replacement?

3) I have this memory of replacement bushings in poly instead of rubber (can't find them right now) Is poly better in this instance or best to stay with rubber?

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What bushing are you talking about? There are no replaceable bushings in ball joints and tie rod ends. Are you thinking of spring bushings or the poly dust boots for tie rod ends?
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Re: Tie rod ends

I think what you are seeing as the bushings are the boot to keep the grease in and the dirt out. I think that you will also only be able to replace 3 of the tie rod ends, the drag link comes with the end on it as a unit. Some drag links are sold end to end, so you need to know what you are buying.

The ball joints have bushings on the uppers but they are steel and screw in..
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Re: Tie rod ends

specificaly:
1, 2, 3, 4, 9, and 10 from below:


And this is what I was thinking of as poly bushings:
poly replacement bushings at 4wd.com
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Re: Tie rod ends

Items 1 & 3 are ball joints that hold the knuckle to the axle ends. Items 3, 9 & 10 are tie rod ends. Item 4 is the drag link. The items in the link specifically say “Prothane Tie Rod End Boots”, not bushings. they are just a different boot to replace the rubber ones that come with items 3, 4, 9 &10.
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Re: Tie rod ends

let me try this again:

The front end of LoModYJ is getting a bit loose. Looks like the tie rod ends and possibly the ball joints could use some freshening.

1) Is it easier to replace the whole end? (why not just the boots ? Or does the whole end wear out, not just the boots ?)

2) Are the replacements in 4Wheel Parts/Q-tech/JC Witless all pretty much the same quality? Are these the ones to use or is there a better replacement?

3) I have seen boots in poly instead of rubber. Is poly better in this instance or best to stay with rubber?
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Re: Tie rod ends

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let me try this again:

The front end of LoModYJ is getting a bit loose. Looks like the tie rod ends and possibly the ball joints could use some freshening.

1) Is it easier to replace the whole end? (why not just the boots ? Or does the whole end wear out, not just the boots ?)

2) Are the replacements in 4Wheel Parts/Q-tech/JC Witless all pretty much the same quality? Are these the ones to use or is there a better replacement?

3) I have seen boots in poly instead of rubber. Is poly better in this instance or best to stay with rubber?

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1. replace the whole tie-rod end....its the ball that is wearing out not the boot/cover that is causeing the sloppy feel......

2. just go to NAPA and get some new T/E's

3. the poly ones are supposed to stand up to the elemants and wheeling better, but if you just grease the T/E's after each wheeling trip then you will flush out any dirt/crud that has gotten in them....

is this what you were asking?????

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Re: Tie rod ends

yes, thank you!

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Re: Tie rod ends

But he forgot to mention his Ultra-anal approach that also involves 8 cans of brakeclean, swabbing the underside of the boots with a Q-tip, and a white glove that looks REALLY "Michael Jackson-ish"... [img]images/graemlins/shocked.gif[/img]
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Re: Tie rod ends

hahahahah.

autozone rents the ball joint press. makes it easier.
just remember to get it aligned afterwards.

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