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Old 07-15-2006, 01:33 AM
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Originally Posted by Matt L
Whatever you do, avoid ebay sellers who don't list the manufacturer of the parts. If you click on the "Buy Parts" link at the top of this page, it will take you to a catalog. Phil has good prices on these parts. Perhaps not as good as the cheapest ebay sellers, but he has OEM parts and will be there if there is a problem with them.

I'm not exactly a neutral party. I have no affiliation with this site, but I was burned on an auxiliary fan assembly by an ebay seller less than a year ago. Phil had the right OEM part and a great price.
I was actually going to buy from Phil. His prices are very competitive, and as far as I'm concerned, his good reputation makes the difference over one or two other sites which _may_ be 5 bucks cheaper. I'm just going to hold off ordering until I get the tie rods done.....

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Old 07-19-2006, 06:28 PM
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Tie Rods DONE!

I finished the tie rods over the weekend. It was a relatively easy job - I'll be doing a writeup in a few days. Pheewww. The tie rod balljoints were somewhat squished on one side when I installed and tightened the tierods, that's all. I do need an alignment, but I don't know if I should wait until I do the rear thrust arms in about two weeks.......


Took me ages to jack up the car with the stock MB jack, install jack stands, remove the tires, replace the tires, etc. I should look into air tools, but no $$$ at the moment.

The actual tie rods took about 2-3 hours combined. Most of the time was spent turning bolts, hammering, etc.

The previous night, I had sprayed liquid wrench on the tie rod nuts. It was really easy to undo the nuts the next day, using a 17" breaker bar.....

Rest in the writeup!! And a big thank you to everybody for their help and encouragement. Watch this space for thrust arm replacement!!

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