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Old 07-20-2015, 04:30 PM   #1
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Tie rod replacement

I got new inner and outer tie rods

How do I need to remove them and such? What all comes off first or can I just remove them and nothing else?

I'll have jack stands and an impact so I've got the tools but do I need to count threads or anything?

I'll also be getting an alignment probably this weekend
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Yes.
You want to either count the number of turns that it takes to separate the old inner and outer tie rods, or take measurements, so you can put each side together as close as possible to how it was.
You will undoubtedly need an alignment afterwards, but those methods will usually get the alignment close enough to be able to drive the car to the alignment shop.
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And you can just remove the tie rods and nothing else, but I would also replace the steering rack bushings while you're at it. You just need to disconnect the steering rod and remove the two bolts holding the rack on. You can pull it away from the crossmember without disconnecting the power steering lines.
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I got my new shocks put on but I think I'm just gonna let a shop throw them on when I get my alignment, I ordered new bushings too.

I know it needs an alignment after I dropped the k for the headers, and my passenger tie rods bent to hell from something the previous owner did.. But it should at least be able to get me around until j get the alignment this weekend or so..

Also this may be a dumb question but do I need to get a front and rear alignment or just the front?
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New koni's are in and it already feels better, so much stiffer and the *** end feels a lot more in controlClick image for larger version

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I got my new shocks put on but I think I'm just gonna let a shop throw them on when I get my alignment, I ordered new bushings too.

I know it needs an alignment after I dropped the k for the headers, and my passenger tie rods bent to hell from something the previous owner did.. But it should at least be able to get me around until j get the alignment this weekend or so..

Also this may be a dumb question but do I need to get a front and rear alignment or just the front?
You'll be fine with a 2-wheel alignment. The only reason for a 4-wheel on a SRA car is to check the axle thrust angle.
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Yeah. When the rear shocks are bad, it is really noticeable!

There isn't any way to adjust an SRA, so they will only be able to do a front end alignment.
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Yeah the rears were horrible, but it has tokico shocks which were put on when it was lowered and that wasn't very long ago, just before I bought it, I would stay away from those for future reference guys
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I had Tokicos on the 98 and they were great.
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Yeah the rears were horrible, but it has tokico shocks which were put on when it was lowered and that wasn't very long ago, just before I bought it, I would stay away from those for future reference guys
Maybe because they weren't made for lowering springs


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The Tokicos I had were the Illuminas btw and I never touched them because I never needed to. Apparently they were adjustable and the PO had them set up correctly because my ride felt damn near stock but the car was lowered.
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I never realized how bad the ride was until I got these new shocks on the rear lol but none the less in happy with the konis
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Yeah Koni is one of the best brands. For me, buying a new setup, its either them or Bilsteins.
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Next purchase will definitely be konis up front too, the on to subframe connectors and lca's
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