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 Posted: Thu Jul 5th, 2018 12:43 am
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I'm doing a front end job on my sons 2002 coil spring this weekend. Inner tie rod ends come with the kit. I've never done inners but since it is with the kit I would like to include them.

Is there any trick to it?

I watched like 4 outer tie rod vids and man there are some screwy methods LOL how do you do the inners?

I'm not afraid to dive in to it just looking for tips from someone who might have already done it.



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I did mine, and it's a PITA on 4X models. Job was done with the rack installed but the tie rod ends and boots (the *funnest* part of the job) would have been cakewalk with the rack on a bench and the workspace to go with it.



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It is not a pick-nick on the 4x2 models either. Take measurements before and try to get it close after so you can take it to a good alignment shop.



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inner tie rods are easy they simply thread in
Push the boot back out of the way, use a giant cresent wrench and unscrew them, screw the new ones in.
The length of the inner outer tie rod assembly should be measured before you take them apart and then matched with the new parts. I use a micrometer to get the tie rods the exact correct length. Also it is good practice to not move the knuckle at all during the process so you can ensure the tie rod length is correct when you put it back  in the hole

You can turn the rack all the way to drivers, then replace the drivers side....move it all the way passenger and then do the pass side, makes it easier
Hardest part is getting those hard rubber/plastic boots back in place and over the vent line that runs from side to side of the rack and re clamping them down

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If the inner screws into a rack-n-pin. I used a pipe wrench to get them off the silverado. I rented a inner tie rod tool from advance and it ended up being useless, the tool would not fit over boot. I found it pretty simple.



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Why don't yall just take the damn boots off?

Take side cutters and cut the metal ziptie off. Pop outer TR out of knuckle. Take outer tie rod apart from inner. Slide boot off. Use tool, take inner off. Put new one on. Slide boot on. Use zip tie to hold boot in place (make sure vent line is connected/lined up). I use a zip tie gun that can cinch a tie with some serious force. You can also use stainless steal ties and use CV boot band tool. Connect new inner to outer and keep turning it onto the inner until you can get the outer into the knuckle.

Since the tire doesn't move during this process the alignment is exactly the same as before you replaced them. No need to count threads.



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I think the "use tool" part is the mystery I ended up not doing them due to no zip tie tool and the other "tool to use".

The truck made it to florida no problem and is expected back next week so overall the project worked. I wiggled it around as best I could while apart and nothing seemed loose.

I imagine I will encounter a few in the future and should get some "tools" for that being in the last 3 or 4 years I average 2 rangers a year. I have a serious addiction!



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Not many special tools needed for inner TRE except a big ol cresent wrench and some zip ties!

FYI the inner TRE do not go out nearly as often as the outer TRE, in fact I have only seen 3-4 sets with noticeable play in them over the years

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