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Steering side rods

Discussion in 'Suspension / Steering' started by mrtask, Aug 3, 2015.

  1. mrtask

    mrtask Well-Known Member

    Swapped my steering side rods today, because the old ball joints were knackered. Much fun was had trying to get a ratchet up behind the road spring to tighten the ball joint removal tool. Adjusting the steering track rod afterwards was just as much fun as I remembered it being last time I had to set up the steering geometry. I don't really know why I'm posting this, other than to curse whoever designed the steering system! :roll:
     
  2. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    As you're replacing the siderods and boots, a taper splitter is a lot easier. The ideal piece of info there, seeing as you've done the job now..... :lol:
     
  3. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Im about to replace the steer side rod -WOF failure. Ive removed the front ball joint with a taper splitter , fairly easily. Although when it cracked off , I got a fright and looked for the broken pieces. [nothing more than the noise]
    The rear one looks a little more awkward.
    I pondered on it, gave it some CRC and then crawled off to order the part. Thats where Im up to.
    Whats the best way to attack this rear ball joint? A bit of a tight spot to work in.
    Do I need to remove the wing/mudguard?
    Heat the socket?
    Have a beer first?
    Any tips appreciated.
     
  4. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

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    No.


    No.


    Before, during, and after.
     
  5. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Ive just put the beers in the fridge and ordered some elastplast.
    Thanks HP6
     
  6. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    My tapered splitter is shorter than yours Harvey -LOL
     
  7. harveyp6

    harveyp6 Well-Known Member

    That was the first pic I found, mine's shorter than that as well!

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    I've never had problems using it if I'm changing the rod and so don't have to worry about damaging the boots.
     
  8. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Just ordered the long handle jobbie -$23 nz dollars - Would have paid more!!
    Can double as a weed puller in the garden for the missus.
     
  9. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    I guess that NZ weeds are bigger than Ozz weeds, learn something new every day :p
     
  10. ghce

    ghce Well-Known Member

    Thats because it rains in NZ as opposed to OZ where the it only rains down with searing hot sun rays that burn the weeds and all else up. Though I guess that tool would make a cool snake catcha or giant spider squasher or a tool for killing any of the other 1076 things that in OZ can kill you.
     
  11. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Got the two ball joints off nice'n easy with the wonderful garden tool - just sayin.
     
  12. thamesroverp6

    thamesroverp6 Member

    Cool , I have to do mine too, so good posts to read , thanks guys
     
  13. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Karl
    You can get them refurbished for twice the price of a new one.
    After a lot of googling and phone calls, Ive got the side rod from Nelson Rover CC. Unless you have better luck than me.
    SuperCheap Auto have the ball joint breakers
     
  14. thamesroverp6

    thamesroverp6 Member

    Thanks Gerald, I have one, got one from a guy in Auckland ISTR.
    I also brought a tuning fork from Repco years ago, so armed with what I need ill give it a whirl.
    I'm still tidying the interior first, slow progress but getting there
     
  15. thamesroverp6

    thamesroverp6 Member

    I fixed my clock! Thanks to posts here I resoldered the link inside yay!
     
  16. ButterFingers

    ButterFingers Active Member

    yes I agree,
    spiders the size of a Robin, black snakes bigger than a pregnant Anaconda , guys with big hats with corks hanging down, telling the biggest fibbs ever, yes life is tough down under, but at least we have small weeds..............:D
    Peter
     
  17. GRTV8

    GRTV8 Well-Known Member

    Ozzies dont fib- they just dont let a good story get in the way of the truth.
    Dont mind the oversized creepy crawlies , Its the fact the little beggar's can kill ya.
    I pulled over to the shoulder on a hot day for a leak. When I drove off ,I took half the road with me . The tarmac melted into the tyres.
    Country of contrast.
     
  18. ghce

    ghce Well-Known Member

    Now now don't diminish the size of those spiders or are you exaggerating the size of the Robins but then again you might mean Robin from the Batman series in which case I agree, those freaking spiders are ginormous, a little know fact is that the spiders in the film eight legged freaks were not CGI but were imported from OZ and filmed as they were.

    Graeme
     
  19. unstable load

    unstable load Well-Known Member

    Not to forget the Drop Bears and Hoop Snakes.
    I have family living in Aus and I'm surprised they haven't been eaten, killed or worse in the time they have been there..:eek:
     

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