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Post by ridikas on Sat Aug 17, 2013 5:33 pm

On a scale of 1-10 how hard is it to install a tie rod. I'm finally down here in Milledgeville for school.
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Post by fluxcap on Sat Aug 17, 2013 9:07 pm

Installing is pretty easy, removing can sometimes be the hard part.  We used this tool on Brian's car today to pop the tie rod ends loose and it worked great. http://www.harborfreight.com/3-4-quarter-inch-forged-ball-point-joint-separator-99849.html

The only issue I've ever had installing them, is sometimes when putting the nut on, the tierod end will want to spin as you are trying to tighten the nut, so you have to use a clamp or something to press the end into the hole to give it resistance so it won't spin.

For your first tierod, I'd probably rate it at about a 7.  Every one after that, would be rated around a 3.


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Post by callahan on Sat Aug 17, 2013 11:21 pm

It's pretty straight forward like Eric said the only real issue is if the tie rod end wants to spin but an impact will make light work of that. And you don't need any fancy tools to get the ends loose just give knuckle a few whacks with a hammer and the end will pop loose. Don't forget the steering damper too
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Post by ridikas on Sun Aug 18, 2013 11:13 am

Well as soon as this monsoon stops, I will get on it!
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Post by MRJEL on Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:22 pm

Couple of pointers here as well;

When you get the old off, get a good measurement of the length if you are just replacing the ends. If you are swapping links as well as ends, lay the new on the old to get the length set right.

I usually "pop" the end with a hammer slightly to seat it. That usually keeps it from spinning.

You're young, will be an easy job! I'm an old fart, nothing is easy any more!

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Post by ridikas on Sun Aug 18, 2013 2:29 pm

I'm replacing the whole assembly.
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Post by dlandvw3 on Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:45 pm

If you need help, our shop is in gray, shouldn't be hard to get you some help
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Post by ridikas on Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:46 pm

When are you guys open?
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Post by dlandvw3 on Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:49 pm

We meet every Thursday, but call John, 478-297-7180. Its at his house, he's home alot during the week or we have a few guys good at that that live right there and may be able to help another time
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Post by ridikas on Sun Aug 18, 2013 7:51 pm

Ok. Thanks!
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Post by bayboy87 on Mon Aug 19, 2013 9:50 pm

in milledgville quite often! hit me up 4789541588 chris also do bugs for christ out in gray..... would suggest having it aligned after replacing ...... gary out in byron @bug eyed( less than a hour away ) will have the parts in stock for cheap. be glad to help out
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Post by ridikas on Mon Aug 19, 2013 10:10 pm

Matter of fact I just got the tie rod in and rear engine seal from Gary two days ago. It's nice how fast shipping is, and it shipped right to my apartment. While others are getting books in I'm getting VW parts!lol!  I should be at the get together with Bugs 4 Christ this Thursday, really looking forward to meeting everybody!


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Post by Bugs4Christ on Tue Aug 20, 2013 9:08 pm

Awesome. We will be ready to work on your ride!
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