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Unread 08-25-2013, 12:58 PM   #1
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How to adjust tie rod sleeve?

Hey everyone,

I had to replace my tie rod that goes from knuckle to knuckle, and I'm having trouble getting it all the way on. I've replaced one before where I was able to tighten it all the way by hand, but I can't get this one to budge really. Any tips?

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Unread 08-25-2013, 01:23 PM   #2
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Spread the slit opening just a bit and then grease the threads.
I have also used a 12 gauge bore brush on a drill motor to 'clean' the inside threads too.
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Unread 08-25-2013, 03:39 PM   #3
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The last drag link I got was too long. I never did get it all the way together, so the steering wheel sits a bit crooked.
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there is a specific tool for adjusting the tie rod/drag links..
http://www.walmart.com/ip/19264080?w...742316&veh=sem

I had a mechanic friend loan me one before i went with my BDO HD setup. I would have more then likely bought one of them if i had kept my stock setup...
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Unread 08-26-2013, 08:52 AM   #5
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Use a pair of channel locks or vice grips to turn it.
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Unread 08-26-2013, 09:38 AM   #6
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I recommend buying the correct tool, or borrowing one.

I've tried to adjust mine with channel locks, and couldn't get the blasted thing to budge.

LG, what do you use to "spread the slit"? Large flathead screwdriver, or.....?

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Unread 08-26-2013, 10:26 AM   #7
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Thanks for all the responses. I don't see that my tie rod has an adjusting sleeve though. The ends just screw on to the rod itself..

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Matt, screwdriver if really mashed closed. Broom stick handle is pretty close to correct ID.

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if your talking about an upgraded tie rod with lock nuts on each end then are you sure you have a right and left end? one with the notch in the nut is reverse thread (righty loosey).
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if your talking about an upgraded tie rod with lock nuts on each end then are you sure you have a right and left end? one with the notch in the nut is reverse thread (righty loosey).
I was going to say the same thing. Make sure you have a set of left and right hand threaded tie rods.
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Unread 09-07-2013, 07:57 PM   #11
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I'm pretty sure they are a set, they came with the tie rod. One side goes all the way screwed in with no problem. The other side will go about 3/4" an then become very difficult to turn. Not sure what to do about that still..

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I'm pretty sure they are a set, they came with the tie rod. One side goes all the way screwed in with no problem. The other side will go about 3/4" an then become very difficult to turn. Not sure what to do about that still..

Peter
Sounds like you got a bad kit. You can try to chase the threads with a tap and die, or return/exchange it for a new one (personally I'd return it... tired of fixing defects that manufacturers should be catching in their quality control process ).
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Unread 09-11-2013, 07:03 PM   #13
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Yeah you were right, I got a bad kit.. The new one is installed! I have one more question though, when installing the steering stabilizer, does it have to go a certain way around the tie rod? Like underneath it or on the side? The instructions pretty much say just make sure it doesn't hit anything

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Ya, the main thing is to keep it from rubbing anything. You also want to make sure it doesn't limit tie rod travel in either direction (stabilizer shouldn't fully extend or fully compress even when at full left turn or full right turn). Ideally you want the stabilizer to be up above and parallel to the tie rod, but this is not always possible in every situation... just get it as close as you can.
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