REPAIRING TIE RODS ON A BUDGET

Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:16 pm

My Tie rods are shot. New ones are $65 a piece, so heres what I did.... This is a picture of the rod ball end. It was welded up at some point previous, but never filed back to the right size.
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So using a reciprocating saw and metal blade, I sawed the ends off.
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Then I purchased a bag of 3/4 plain steel balls from Mcmaster Carr, part # 96455K59, for about $10 dollars (they must be plain steel, not chrome hardened so they can be welded)
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and ground a flat spot on the ball with the bench grinder. I then tacked the ball in place, and took the ball to a welding shop to have it welded up. The welder is charging $20. So for about $31 and a little bit of my time, I will have new tie rods... :{_}:
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The leftovers are great slingshot ammo!!

Also, I cut a .033 shim out of 24 gauge sheet metal, as all I have is a .060 shim. The shims are $6. Mine was basically free (scrap)
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Last edited by clodhopper on Mon Nov 26, 2012 3:37 pm, edited 1 time in total.

Re: REPAIRING TIE RODS ON A BUDGET

Thu Nov 29, 2012 11:10 am

Here it is all finished.
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