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Old 01-14-2009
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Inner tie rods, but outers...?

I got to change my inner tie rod this weekend. Got the knock thing going on.

Anyways, I got an alignment done not even 6 months ago, so now I need to get another one done after I change the tie rod, grrrrr.

I am rockin' my stock outer tie rods (120,000 km). The boots are fine, no play in the ball joint in there. Should I cough up the extra $80 to change those as well?

My dilema:
I would freak if I have to get a 3rd alignment in one year! But I know I can also put in new parts and have them die a quick death just as fast as old parts, and my old parts may last a day, or for the life of the truck. Two outer tie rods themselves are cheaper than an alignment.

I am in a pickle.
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If you'll be working in that area, and if it'll save another alignment, then go for it. Pay the $80 now, then spend the $80 + alignment later.

Just some food for thought. LOL
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That is a job. I did my inners a couple months back what a pain in my ***. Im never doing that again.
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That is a job. I did my inners a couple months back what a pain in my ***. Im never doing that again.
Why? Looks to be not that bad? I will pick up the inner tie rod socket-type tool as well.
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Yeah, I'm curious how tough this job is on a 2wd.
I'm needing to do this on my '99.
Take pics of you can.
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if all the other specs are in shape as far as your alignment is concerned (which they certainly should be if you recently had a quality alignment), just take a toe measurement before hand, change whatever you have to, then reset the toe as per your previous measurement.

if the truck drives well, than leave it alone. if you're only changing tie rod ends, you won't affect your caster, or camber.
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How hard is it to change an inner tie rod and are there and tricks that would help. I found a how to but the ember is banned now and everyone was saying he didn't do it right.
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