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#1 Old 11-06-2011, 05:07 PM
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Replace Inner Tie Rod or whole Rack

I've got a bad outer tie rod on the driver's side and play in the inner tie rod on the passenger side. I realize the lift kit and bigger tires don't help the situation.

Would it be smarter to replace the whole rack and outer tie rods or just the 2 tie rods that are worn out?

Also, can someone help me with part numbers for the inner tie rods? I can't find anything on the Moog site and none of the regular parts sites (Summit, NAPA, etc.) even list an inner......How tough is the inner tie rod to replace? Seems pretty simple, access would only be the real hassle?

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I would do the rack
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I believe the part number is Ev800098 but you will want to confirm that.

Changing the rack might cost more in parts but its probably easier than changing the inners.

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I think doing the whole rack is better for the $$. I got all the parts sitting in my garage my inners are shot, I bought moog outers 45$ from orielly's (60$ retail they'll pricematch mom and pop shops), and a Cardone rack from oriellys 168 after price match, I figure if the inners go bad again (inner moogs are 80$ each) the rack has a lifetime warranty so i get a free replacement with new inners. Dont forget the rack bushing set from energy suspension about 25$
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I just replaced the divers side inner on my friends 05 Jeep GC, an it took us 45 min....really was a piece of cake. We bought the Harbor Freight inner tie rod tool and it was too small so i doubt it would work on anything larger than a CRV. On the jeep i would replace all the roads before the rack just because it's so hard to get out, on a ram im not sure but from personal experience inner tie rods are pretty easy to replace.

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Just do the inner if the rack isn't leaking, if there's any fluid leaking in the boot replace the rack. Inners are easy to replace with the right tools. Matco makes a universal inner tool that is amazing, use it all the time at work. I trust the Moog parts better than what comes on a reman rack.

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+1 Also I've heard the reman racks arent nearly as good as the oem and this starts a whole nother problem.
How much for does matco want for the tool?
I know wheeling and the big tires that are going to be put on this truck are going to wear stuff out so I need to get one of these probly.

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+1 Also I've heard the reman racks arent nearly as good as the oem and this starts a whole nother problem.


Ya only thing is an OEM rack cost around 600$ and only comes with a 1 year/12,000 mile warranty re-manu. racks come with a lifetime warranty and seem to last about the same amount of time my truck's OEM rack lasted 55,000 miles and its already leaking a bit, even people running regular size tires report issues with the OEM rack....just saying.
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change the whole rack. But to change just the inners its really easy. My drivers side fell out one day while i was pulling into a parking lot. really easy to replace thought. took 20 minutes with an adjustable wrench. I didnt even take off the tires. just have some one slowly turn the wheel till the outer fall into place. Be use to use loctite on the inner tie rod threads.

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The Matco tool is about 68 bucks (pt # WW897), it will work on almost any rack and pinion inner and since it uses a 19mm hex you put a socket over you can use a big 1/2" ratchet or breaker bar to break loose stubborn inners and make sure the new one is torqued down good. And x2 on the threadlocker, i always threadlock inners i replace even if they have some other kind of locking mechanism. And for reman racks, all they do is replace seals usually so if the rack was abused the gears could be sloppy and worn. Had that problem with reman boxes for my old 2nd gen.

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