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<br>Hi guys....<p>Well my front passenger side Tie Rod needs replacing....and so does the ball joint (this is for my 850 T5-R). <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Any idea how much this should run me. I just want to be taken when I take in to get it fixed. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (S80-T6_Toronto)

where are you taking it in? Dealership? Just yesterday I replaced the outer-tie-rod (DIY) but the part cost $65 (for one side) from the dealership and then its probably going to be another $150 to install (and make sure they align it too). Control arms, I don't know about parts cost but the install is probably gonna take 2-3 hours dealertime so expect around $300 to install
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (lax01)

Any and all front suspension work <B>REQUIRES </B>an alignment.<br>You can't "wing it" or eyeball it
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (JRL)

I did this weekend....counted the threads on the tie-rod...its off just slightly but not enought to warrant a full alignment...now granted, if you have completely blown suspension and steering components, it would be smart to align, but on mine everything is pretty much new and I was just replacing a new part (just installed a few months ago) because it had already gotten destroyed (for some reason) so I don't think its neccessary
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (lax01)

You are the cheapest white man alive.<br>You CANNOT "count threads" for an alignment on a street car. New tie rods, things change <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <br>On a race car when they need a quickie, sure for 100-200 miles, tires are done anyway
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (JRL)

have you seen our steering components? its the most simple piece of technology I've ever seen in a modern road-car...the only thing you can adjust is toe....<p>I replaced a outer tie-rod with another tie-rod of the exact same size (I measured it before I took it off)...I carefully removed the old (well <10K on it) tie-rod and simply screwed the new one back on the inner tie-rod...the steering wheel might be off a degree or two...thats it...IMO, it doesn't warrant even a free alignment (because I know two people who would do it for free)<p>cheap? or smart?
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (lax01)

If your steering wheel was straight before and is off now, your <B>ALIGNMENT IS OFF!</B><br>Save 65 bucks, ruin your front tires, your choice
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (lax01)

Knock yourself out
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (S80-T6_Toronto)

I was quoted 300+ at a dealer... I'm just going to do the job myself and get the part from FCP for $16.
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (info2x)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>info2x</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">I was quoted 300+ at a dealer... I'm just going to do the job myself and get the part from FCP for $16.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Just be warned...mine failed after about 2-3 months...albeit, I do drive harder than the normal owner, but I take care of my car...and they were installed and aligned by the dealer (side-job)
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (S80-T6_Toronto)

Your ball joints are intergrated in to the control arm. 95$ at FCP + shipping. Easy to install. Just make sure you jack the spindle and control arm up to the point there will be a load on it on each side. Then tighten/Torque the bolts. Also make sure you replace both sides at the same time. Regardless of contdition. It will save you a PITA for sure.<p>I have not ordered tie rods as mine are still ok. They are easy enough replaced though. This is all DIY activity. Just make sure you apply plenty of PB Blaster to the bolts though. <p>Do make sure you get your front end aligned though. You can count threads on the tie rod ends all you want but it will not be right and will be hell on the tires. ( not to mention fatigue when driving from pulling the steering wheel one way or the other ) You say you have an R so this is important. 200 bucks for a low profile tire gets spendy! <p>+ 1 with JRL.<br>
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (DVolvoguy777)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>DVolvoguy777</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>I have not ordered tie rods as mine are still ok. They are easy enough replaced though. This is all DIY activity. Just make sure you apply plenty of PB Blaster to the bolts though. <p></TD></TR></TABLE><p>you better try doing tie-rods before you say they are easy...because guess what, if they've been on the car for 10 years, they aren't going to come off easy...I can promise you that
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (lax01)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>lax01</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><p>you better try doing tie-rods before you say they are easy...because guess what, if they've been on the car for 10 years, they aren't going to come off easy...I can promise you that</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Easy enough if you have the right tool. Go to a Pep Boys/Schucks and get a "pickle fork". Remove the nut and a couple good whacks with a 2lb sledge and you're done. It'll destroy the boot/tie-rod end but if you're replacing anyway...
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>StaggRLee</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Easy enough if you have the right tool. Go to a Pep Boys/Schucks and get a "pickle fork". Remove the nut and a couple good whacks with a 2lb sledge and you're done. It'll destroy the boot/tie-rod end but if you're replacing anyway...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>ok...you've got the balljoint out now...now how do you get the rusted outer tie-rod off the inner? <p>BTW, I had a fork wedged deep into the balljoint on my original tie-rods and I couldn't budge it...no matter how much force I put on it...I destroyed the boot and the thing just didn't budge...I had to take it to the dealership to allow them to get it out....sometimes things just don't want to move
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (lax01)

ok...you've got the balljoint out now...now how do you get the rusted outer tie-rod off the inner? <p>Answer? Oxy / Acetylene. Or let it soak in PB for a day..
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (DVolvoguy777)

Get back to me after you've done it once...thats all I'm saying
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (lax01)

Lax1, You will be the first to know when I do have to change mine. I do have the tools to make short work of this kind of activity. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Tie Rod and Ball Joint Repair$ (DVolvoguy777)

so did I <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br>good luck <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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