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Inner Tie Rod End replacement


Hi all,

My 2000 GT has been diagnosed with needing a left inner tie rod end replacement. The vehicle has been modded with Strange Engineering adj. shocks and struts and Eibach Sportline suspension.

Is there such a thing as high performance tie rod ends and do I need them or is OE ok?

Should I replace both the left and right? It seems that would be logical but I wanted to ask the experts

Do I replace the complete tie rod or are there ends that I buy to replace?

Can you recommend a good manual(s) for my car for this as well as other general maintenance and repairs?

Thanks!
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I know nothing about the tie rods to be honest but i do know that the haynes repair manual is really great when your are replacing things
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Originally Posted by indy2000gt View Post
Hi all,

My 2000 GT has been diagnosed with needing a left inner tie rod end replacement. The vehicle has been modded with Strange Engineering adj. shocks and struts and Eibach Sportline suspension.

Is there such a thing as high performance tie rod ends and do I need them or is OE ok?

Should I replace both the left and right? It seems that would be logical but I wanted to ask the experts

Do I replace the complete tie rod or are there ends that I buy to replace?

Can you recommend a good manual(s) for my car for this as well as other general maintenance and repairs?

Thanks!
John
If it has high miles on the unit I would replace the rack with a Ford Reman. The special tools needed aren't usually available to rent via Advance/Autozone.
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I am a 1/4mile guy so performance steering isn't really important.
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I haven't done it on a mustang, but on my GM car's I use an inner tie rod tool to remove the inner tie rod. It's not hard at all, just need that tool. I rented it, but you can buy it at most auto parts stores. Make sure to zip tie the rubber boot back on after, that boot is important, or your rack will leak from dirt getting into the seal at the end.
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I actually just replaced mine all you need is an adjustable wrench don't bother renting the tool. I rented it and it didn't even fit
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The rental tools from the auto parts stores don't work for our inner tie rods. I bought this one from Harbor Freight Inner Tie Rod Removal Set , worked great. This allows you to properly torque the new rods, which you can't do if you're using an adjustable wrench. I'd recommend doing inner and outer tie rod ends on both sides as long as you're doing it. Chances are, if one is worn, the others are not far behind. You'll have to get an alignment after replacing any of these parts so you may as well replace all the parts and then only have to do the alignment once. I've never seen anything listed as a high performance inner end. I just bought the inners and outers from Autozone and got the ones with a lifetime warranty. They have a cheaper inner one listed but it's only a one year warranty. I don't know if there'd be any real difference between the two parts but I figured if there was a possibility that the life time one was sturdier then it was worth a few bucks to get it.
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That added a bunch to this thread. How about explaining your mastery of this task. I'm sure members here would be interested.
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I finally got around to getting this done. Thanks everyone for your help. A couple of notes: The people at Autozone were clueless about all things tie rod related except for the fork to help remove the outer tie rod. OTOH the folks at Advance Auto Parts had the complete tool kit for loan that fits the Mustang inner tie rod, which is 1 5/16" for anyone who needs to know that. I'm taking my business over to Advance from now on.
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I'd jus buy a new OEM steering rack. Solves the problem, & u know u wont have to bother with it for another 1,000,000 miles. Jus afew bolts, line wrench, & your all done!
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a million miles?
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I was a joke. Aaahahahahahaaaa!!
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Originally Posted by ESABATM View Post
That added a bunch to this thread. How about explaining your mastery of this task. I'm sure members here would be interested.
OK asshole , so sorry for editing my post to remove erroneous information.
Thank the lord that you were here to point that out .
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