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Tie rod help -

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by tucker74, Feb 25, 2007.

  1. tucker74

    tucker74 Moderator

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    So I did a birf job on my 40 this weekend and everything went great, until I got to what I thought would be the easy part. I bought a set of new "555" tie rod ends and everything just doesn't seem right. The cross-link ends (large dia) more or less just fell into my steering arms, if I tighten them down the cotter pins don't stab the nuts ... but if not they are loose? The ones I pulled seemed really seated, so I don't know what to think here. Secondly, the relay rod end will not seat into the cast piece in the cross link ... any trick to getting this seated. I buggered up two nuts trying to pull this in, but only have about 2 threads showing.

    I should note I swapped knuckles to large pattern knuckles/steering arms during this project (don't know if that makes a difference or not). Tie rod kit is supposedly fits '69-'83 ...

    Thoughts?

    Thanks!
    Tucker
     
  2. teapot

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    The hole in the later (big bolt )arms is bigger than the earlier (small bolt)arms. I think S.O.R. sells a bushing kit that will work. If not you will need new rod ends and if thats the case get the heavy duty stuff. Luke at 4x4labs has them and a few others if you want to look around.
     
  3. UNO_RACING

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    Stock tie rods are not the best. If you're replacing them you might as well go for the beefer ones...

    Late,

    UNO.
     
  4. mr_manny

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    what's wrong w/stock 40 TREs?

    I know larger stuff is available, but if your not high-steer...keep the stock stuff.
     
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    I had a simular issue and found that I installed them in the incorrect spot. I stared and pondered a bit as each new one had a twin used.

    Best,

    SW
     
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    all 40 TREs are the same.... if the holes are too large, the arms are from a 60...
     
  7. tucker74

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    Any info on these spacers? I see one for their hi-steer arms to make them fit 40/45/55s ... these them?

    A little late for that.
    The two ends on the cross link are the only ones with the large dia to work here, can't be wrong. I tried others in the cast piece as well ...
    Could be, don't remember if they came from a late 40, 60 or mini :frown: How do I fix it?

    Tucker