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Best Tie rods??

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by backcountry, Jul 24, 2004.

  1. backcountry

    backcountry 1/2 ton status

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    Hello all!

    I am going to rebuild my front end and would like to know what the perfered tie rods and ball joints are. /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    tie rod ends or tie rod itself?? I'm guessing you mean tie rod ends since there are companies that make them and ball joints. Moog is good stuff if thats what you mean.
     
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    A sweet tie rod would be great as well! Thank you! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    Just changed mine two days ago. I went with Moog since they make some quality stuff. That left tie rod was sure expensive...
     
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    If you are going to replace the whole tierod then you should just go ahead and replace it with a Rockrod from someone like Sky, ORD, Rock Stomper, etc. It will be stronger then anything that was ever produced stock and shouldn't be much more then a whole new standard rod.

    It will take a beating too which stock rods are not known for.

    Harley
     
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    TWISTEDJACK 1/2 ton status GMOTM Winner

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    Mine is from Ord and it is plenty tuff /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     
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    10-4 on the ORD tierods. I bought the 1.5" / .375 wall from him. He said he sells more of that size than any other. They make tie rods in 3 sizes. You can not go wrong with these guys.

    clicky
     
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    You can also build your own using heavy wall DOM and the weld in tube adapters (assuming you know a good welder). But any of the above mentioned shops will work great. As for ball joints, go moog they have the upper greese fitting kicked off to the side -> you will always be able to greese the uppers unlike spicer and others. As for the tre's and more spicer (aka perfect circle) and moog are both good choices.
     
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    i would also like to praise MOOG stuff especially for balljoints.

    house bands just have a grease zerk int he center of the upper joint, which is next to impossible to grease once installed. MOOG's are on the perimeter and easily can be maintained.
     
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    tie rod: rockstomper or ORD.
    ends: moog

    dunno about ball joints, dont have any. /forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif

    j
     
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    I have a rockstomper, very heavy duty /forums/images/graemlins/deal.gif
     
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    TRW is one of the best if you can find them
     
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    If you have a O'Reilly's close by, they are the cheapest for Moog TRE's.
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    i would also like to praise MOOG stuff especially for balljoints.

    house bands just have a grease zerk int he center of the upper joint, which is next to impossible to grease once installed. MOOG's are on the perimeter and easily can be maintained.

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    Sorry for the hijack but I just did my ball joints and my Moog uppers had the zerk in the center, it came with a 90* zerk fitting. I put it the fitting into the upper and installed it, but when I got everything back together, I found that the axle ujoint hit the fitting. While trying to rotate the axle joint so I could get a wrench in there to remove it, I managed to snap it off, so I didn't even install it in the second side. These 90* zerks were by no means "low profile", they stuck out as much as a straight one. My toyota has some low profile 90* zerks on the driveshaft u joints, so I know they're out there. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    Your suposed to grease 'em, then remove the 90 and install a plug.
    It is important that you DO grease, greasable joints - BEFORE they are put into service. The grease that they come with, out of the box, is for assembly - ONLY.

    I went with G.M. Ball-joints, and have since beat the crap out of 'em (I.E. - lotza wash-board roads) - so far so good, allthough the actual miles are low.
     
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    I have Moog ones in my truck. They're a bit pricey.

    I think I'll buy Mcquay-Norris next time. AKA Dana.
     
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    twiz- Yeah, I made sure to grease 'em before install /forums/images/graemlins/thumb.gif
     
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    [ QUOTE ]
    I just did my ball joints and my Moog uppers had the zerk in the center, it came with a 90* zerk fitting.

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    Funny, I just did my ball joints 2 weeks ago with Moogs and the uppers had the fitting on the side. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif
     
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    I used to sell moog ball joints and tie rod ends,also TRW and Mquay-Norris,and they were all quality parts back then,but lately at my friends repair shop I have seen several Moog joints perish in a very short time,and with no abuse on the customers part--I've noticed that the ball joints dont always have a name or part number stamped on them--leads me to beleive that at least some applications are re-boxed china junk,or perhaps OEM in a moog box.Other times they are genuine moog ones with a name and number on them.I dont think Moog is as good as they used to be--I think the company got sold,now perhaps we are buying the name,not the quality.I have seen no problem with TRW,Mquay-Norris,Perfect Circle/Dana stuff,but some of the cheaper off brands that we got from AutoZone have been poor quality.And I've seen some cheaper brands like"Pronto" that are pretty good quality--seems price isnt always a good rule of thumb anymore--you dont always get what you pay for nowadays!. /forums/images/graemlins/angryfire.gif
     
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    Thank you guys for all the help! /forums/images/graemlins/peace.gif
     

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