Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts!

Go Back   Ford Ranger Forum - Forums for Ford Ranger enthusiasts! > >
Forgot Password? Join Us!

Welcome to Ford Ranger Forum

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread

  #1  
Old 07-27-2011, 05:29 PM
jimspinnin jimspinnin is offline
Ford Motor Company
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 127
Default Tie rod installation

A couple of month ago I replaced my upper & lower control arms, shocks, springs and sway bar links and bushings on my 2002 Ford Ranger XLT 2wd, also put on new tires at that time. I am getting a clunk sound from my passenger side so I bought new inner and outer tie rods for both sides. I know how to replace the outer ones, do I need to replace the outer ones? How hard are they to do?
__________________
Jim Powell
2002 Ford Ranger XLT 2wd
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 07-27-2011, 05:36 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
OIF Veteran

 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6,043
Default Re: Tie rod installation

the inner ones are easy to do. autozone will rent you an inner tie rod end tool but you dont need it, i used a large adjustable wrench. the inner is located inside the black rubber boot thats on the end of the steering rack, that boot needs to be loosened and slid off the end of the tie rod, then crank the steering wheel all the way to the opposite side that you are working on and that will expose the large ball and socket end of the inner tie rod end. that ball and socket end is hex shaped and you will be able to get a large adjustable wrench on it and spin it off being careful to pay attention to the thread rotation. re install the new one that same way the old one came off and slide the boot back on (you will probably have to cut the strap that holds the boot on so use a large hose clamp to secure it back on) and then spin your outer tie rod and on and re install that into the knuckle.

EDIT: I just happen to have some pics from a 20 minute emergency inner TRE replacement, its on a 4x4 but its the same procedure as the 2wd.





__________________
2001 Ranger 4x4 Stepside
-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner

Last edited by 01_ranger_4x4; 07-27-2011 at 05:40 PM.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 07-27-2011, 05:41 PM
jimspinnin jimspinnin is offline
Ford Motor Company
 
Join Date: Jun 2010
Posts: 127
Default Re: Tie rod installation

Sounds good, maybe I will give it a go tomorrow.
__________________
Jim Powell
2002 Ford Ranger XLT 2wd
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 07-27-2011, 05:45 PM
Clinton Clinton is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Posts: 14,049
Default Re: Tie rod installation

Holy hell Pat...whos truck is that?
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 07-27-2011, 05:47 PM
01_ranger_4x4 01_ranger_4x4 is offline
OIF Veteran

 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Posts: 6,043
Default Re: Tie rod installation

Quote:
Originally Posted by Clinton View Post
Holy hell Pat...whos truck is that?
That was my buddys ranger, I broke it with my F-150.

EDIT: heres a link to my thread about that weekend here: Weekend shenanigans (pic heavy)

__________________
2001 Ranger 4x4 Stepside
-RCD Suspension lift
-33x12.5 BFG KM2's on Mickey Thomson classic locks
-4:56 gears
-Auburn gear LS
-James Duff traction bars
-Headers
-Flowmaster duals
-SCT X-Cal2 and some small exterior mods

http://www.cardomain.com/ride/2321189

2005 F-150 Lariat 4x4
-LED third brake light
-Weathertech floor liners
-Edge tuner

Last edited by 01_ranger_4x4; 07-27-2011 at 05:50 PM.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Inner tie rod end replacement? MacRanger Suspension Tech 7 01-23-2012 12:47 PM
Tie rod question tmbrockett Suspension Tech 5 12-03-2010 09:18 PM
outer tie rod ends RangerLuc Suspension Tech 4 05-28-2010 10:21 PM
outer tie rod ends RangerLuc Suspension Tech 5 04-07-2010 04:58 AM
Front Tie Rod Bighomedog11 Suspension Tech 6 10-27-2009 03:15 AM