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Old 11-08-2014, 09:00 AM   #1
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Tie rod end that connects to steering box arm

does anyone know where i can get or the part number for the tie rod end that connects to the steering box arm? the rubber has come off and it want hold greese.Click image for larger version

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Old 11-08-2014, 09:11 AM   #2
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That is actually the drag link, not the tie rod, but the ball joint that connects it to the Pitman arm is Meritor part number 1698846.
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Old 11-08-2014, 10:39 AM   #3
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any idea where to purchase?
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Old 11-08-2014, 11:51 AM   #4
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Try Tie Rod End E-10163 in Steering
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Actually, until the joint has play in it, I would just keep it greased.

I have seen joints go over 100,000 miles after the boot disintegrates. The secret is to keep it greased-- certainly every time you drive in rain.

Said another way, the rubber boots have a much shorter life (particularly in terms of time) than the mechanical parts.

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I had mine replaced at Kaiser Brake and Alignment in Eugene, OR. The Alpine has a unique drag link assembly. Both ends are right hand thread. Also look for the thread that lists the trucker bungee method used to prevent premature failure.
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Agree--if frequently greased, the actual joint/sockets should last for an extended period. Doest look very pretty but I cut strips of rubber sheeting about 1 1/4 by 5 inches and wrapped the joints, securing the strips with hose clamps. Keeping the joints greased is the key. Interesting that both ends are right-hand thread, so unlike the tie-rod, you have to remove one end of the drag link to adjust/center the steering wheel??????
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Old 11-09-2014, 07:38 PM   #8
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Here is a better way to keep your draglink from twisting and destroying the boot.
I made two one for our 2002 and this one for out 2006. Piece of steel clamped to the draglink with the appropriate amount of weight to offset the twisting force. It is always level and does not interfere with the steering. I used 2 lead weights from an old diving belt.



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Gary,
How much weight and length of steel? That just looks too easy; great solution!
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Centerline to centerline the steel arm is 9 inches (13 inches total). The two lead weights add to a total of 6 lb 4 oz.
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Gary,
Thanks
By-the-way; the white paint is a nice touch!
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