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Old 10-19-2010, 06:16 PM
mrmitch mrmitch is offline
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Default how to get at those tie rods?

I have a bad tie rod and going to replace both sides. Anybody done this on an 03? How to get to the inner end??
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Old 10-19-2010, 06:23 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
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Default Re: how to get at those tie rods?

you have to remove the rubber boot that covers the inner tie rod and use an adjustable wrench to get it off. its super easy to do.

heres a couple pics of an emergency inner tie rod repair i did last winter. they make a special socket to remove the inner tie rod but an adjustable wrench also works, as does a pipe wrench but we only used that bacause thats all we had.



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Old 10-19-2010, 06:49 PM
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Default Re: how to get at those tie rods?

pics are very helpful.
how do i get the clamp at the inner side of the boot that is in the frame. maybe it will be obvious once I get in there.
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Old 10-19-2010, 09:40 PM
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Default Re: how to get at those tie rods?

side cutters works to brake it
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Old 10-22-2010, 11:29 PM
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Default Re: how to get at those tie rods?

finally got all the parts. should I just zip tie the boot back on the inner tie rod after I cut the metal band?
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Old 10-23-2010, 08:20 AM
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Default Re: how to get at those tie rods?

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finally got all the parts. should I just zip tie the boot back on the inner tie rod after I cut the metal band?
just get some hose clamps.
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Old 11-04-2010, 08:59 PM
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Question Re: how to get at those tie rods?

I need a right front tie rod replaced before I can get an alignment...bought a tie-rod. The shop said it would be $162 in labor to put it on cause they had to do something with the steering rod or something like that I don't remember what he said exactly....but my appointment isn't till next Tuesday. Is that task just as easy on my '02?
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Old 11-14-2010, 09:17 PM
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Default Re: how to get at those tie rods?

I replaced both sides inner/outer tie rods and shocks. Much better. The inners ended up being easy(hopefully I got them tight enough with the rental tool) and the boot was no problem. My alignment was way out of whack afterwards though
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