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    Thread: Mk2 tie rod DIY?

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      05-31-2012 10:56 AM #1
      Anyone know of a DIY on replacing the complete tie rod on a car that has power steering? I've looked and looked and looked with no luck. I know there is some special tool I need
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      05-31-2012 11:15 AM #2
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      Anyone know of a DIY on replacing the complete tie rod on a car that has power steering? I've looked and looked and looked with no luck. I know there is some special tool I need
      no special tools needed, everything is described well in the bentley if you have it

      if not, i suggest you buyung it. there are loads of good info in that book, especially is the torque settings for various bolts etc etc

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      05-31-2012 11:15 AM #3
      Shadetree version:

      Loosen subframe bolts & drop the subframe a couple inches.

      Pull back the rack boot & unbolt the tie rod from the rack.

      Unbolt the tie rod end (TRE) from the knuckle and use a clamp to pop it out. (A crow's head wrench or whatever they're called will help here.)

      Measure from the TRE to the surface that mates to the rack.

      Match that distance on the new tie rod & TRE.

      Installation is the reverse of removal.™

      Check alignment.
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      05-31-2012 11:50 AM #4
      Quote Originally Posted by CodeMan View Post
      Shadetree version:

      Loosen subframe bolts & drop the subframe a couple inches.

      Pull back the rack boot & unbolt the tie rod from the rack.

      Unbolt the tie rod end (TRE) from the knuckle and use a clamp to pop it out. (A crow's head wrench or whatever they're called will help here.)

      Measure from the TRE to the surface that mates to the rack.

      Match that distance on the new tie rod & TRE.

      Installation is the reverse of removal.™

      Check alignment.
      I plan on getting it lined up afterward, and I do appreciate the easy instructions but im trying to not drop the subframe haha thank you though
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      05-31-2012 12:02 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      ... im trying to not drop the subframe haha thank you though
      I hear it can be done, but why make it harder on yourself?
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      05-31-2012 12:13 PM #6
      Quote Originally Posted by CodeMan View Post
      I hear it can be done, but why make it harder on yourself?
      to me dropping the subframe would be a pain, I dont feel like trying to line it back up
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      05-31-2012 12:17 PM #7
      Do you have tiny hands like Dimitry?
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      05-31-2012 02:25 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by CodeMan View Post
      Do you have tiny hands like Dimitry?
      haha no my hands are pretty big, and I understand what you mean but I think I found the right tool I need to just take it off without unbolting anything else really
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      05-31-2012 03:14 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      the right tool
      A tie rod fork.

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      05-31-2012 03:56 PM #10
      dont use air gun on sub frame bolts
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      05-31-2012 04:59 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by mkast View Post
      A tie rod fork.
      Nope not the fork, I'm talking about the inner tie rod end that connects to the rack
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      05-31-2012 05:20 PM #12
      Dropping my subframe served no purpose at all, still cant get a wrench in there to save my life
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      05-31-2012 05:32 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by jettaracer1989 View Post
      Dropping my subframe served no purpose at all, still cant get a wrench in there to save my life
      Quote Originally Posted by CodeMan View Post
      (A crow's head wrench or whatever they're called will help here.)
      Whoops, it's called a crow's FOOT wrench, not head.
      Last edited by CodeMan; 05-31-2012 at 05:35 PM.
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      05-31-2012 05:43 PM #14
      Edit this post: Realized what a crows foot wrench was, yeah wont work plus I dont have one I do appreciate you trying to help tho
      Last edited by jettaracer1989; 05-31-2012 at 05:57 PM.
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      06-02-2012 12:46 PM #15
      Anyone have any other way of doing this? It's starting to piss me off that I cant get the friggin thing out
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      06-02-2012 02:01 PM #16
      Get the special tool per the bentley manual (also on Dan J Reed's page). It's basically a metal tube w/ a flat side and set screw at the end to lock onto the 22(21?)mm hex on the inner tie rod. Use a 1/2" breaker bar and it takes no more than 20min per side to change the whole thing. The tool is about $45 and 100% worth it.

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      06-02-2012 03:01 PM #17
      Yeah thats what I was looking for but nowhere local had it, luckily one of my buddies happened to be up at his race shop today and when I called him was able to toss it in his car for me. Finally... now just tires, suspension and a new stock exhaust and ill be set
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