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Turbo Tie Rod kit instructions?

So I bought the Turbo Tie Rod kit from Pelican.
But, no instructions were sent, and my front suspension has been apart for longer then I can recall (so I can't just copy the existing set up.)

Are there instructions for this kit somewhere?

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Old 01-28-2008, 07:10 AM
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Dude...easy as pie. Just unthread the end that goes into the steering rack(old) and insert (after you put the rubber booty thing on) the end with the ball joint in tighten up and walla you are done the threaded rod portion is what the tie rod end screws onto. I believe there is a retaining nut on there too (tie rod end side)
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Found this post today as I was searching for instructions. It isn't as easy as pie when you can't get the old tie rods off. I was looking for instructions on how to do this - I thought there might be a secret.

I found this post, which is pretty helpful.
learnings from turbo tie rod installation

Think I'll be removing my rack tomorrow...

Cheers, Steve
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I seem to remember that the spacer wasn't used on the 914 otherwise the correct toe in/out can't be achieved -can anyone corroborate this
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PB blaster is your friend.

Light rap with a ball peen hammer can be just the ticket for some stuck things.
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Yeah, tried that. The problem is the locking ring had notches at 90 degrees only and I can't get a decent angle onto it as the notch I can reach is blocked by the master cylinder or the pipes. Don't know if this is because my master cylinder isn't quite in the right place as I have a RHD conversion. Doesn't seem to matter where I turn the rack to either. The non-brake side not much better.

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Perhaps you will be pulling your master cylinder, will give you a chance to give the brakes a good flush and replace any soft lines that are beat. I wonder if a steady hand could make a notch or two with a battery powered dremel with it in place? I would rather take off the MC than try it myself.
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I used an air chisel to loosen mine. One side was loose and the other broken loose with the air chisel.
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I had one that was so stuck that I cut the tie rod off and welded a huge coupler onto the cup so I could get my impact on it to break it loose. It was a turbo tie rod that needed to be replaced, but the same idea could work, as a last resort. It was easier than removing the steering rack. As you can see' I didn't have much room to weld.

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Thank you all.

I've just gone out again and beaten it harder and both ends came off. Sometimes it is just a case of knowing it can be done that way to reassure you. I went into the job half expecting to remove the rack, then the best set of instructions I could find suggested that you needed to. So I guess I set my sights on not being able to get it undone and succeeded in meeting expectations!

For others looking at this thread, the thread is on the tie rod. Therefore the lock nut locks this thread against the rack. Both ends are correctly threaded. Hopefully from this you can work out which way to beat the nut to loosen it.

Cheers, Steve
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