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Replacing tie rod ball ends
#1344327 Thu Jan 30 2020 08:05 PM
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Hello everyone, I have the tie rod ends that look like they’re either pressed or welded into place, can someone tell me if I can replace them with the ball tie rod ends that bolt into place or do I have to weld new ones in place, and how do I get the old ones out without tearing the spindles apart.

I have a 54 half ton Chevy pick up.


Thanks for the help

Re: Replacing tie rod ball ends
posey #1344330 Thu Jan 30 2020 08:11 PM
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The ball ends are pressed into place and riveted. There is a chamfer in the steering arm on the side opposite the ball. Drill a hole partway through the ball stud and use a large drill bit to cut away the metal that's peened over the chamfer. The ball stud will drive or press out with a lot less effort once that's done, with no damage to the steering arm.
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posey #1344333 Thu Jan 30 2020 08:24 PM
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Thanks, so what do I use as a replacement, the type with a castle nut on the end?

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posey #1344335 Thu Jan 30 2020 08:35 PM
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You can still get the original type non-threaded ball studs...

https://www.americanclassic.com/193...usfKpyM5Y2oi-T0X2bE3Qp_sJOkaAu5yEALw_wcB

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Re: Replacing tie rod ball ends
posey #1344338 Thu Jan 30 2020 08:53 PM
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I'd choose the straight shank balls sized to about a .001" press fit and peen the ends over thoroughly after they're pressed in. If the old ones held for 70-something years, that system seems to work OK. Don't mess with success!
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posey #1344343 Thu Jan 30 2020 10:48 PM
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Thanks

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posey #1344349 Thu Jan 30 2020 11:35 PM
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On the other hand, could I use the bolt in ball with the castle nut if I wanted to? Is it the same size?
Can’t say I’m going to use it, just wanted to know if I could and the fit would work.

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posey #1344381 Fri Jan 31 2020 02:15 AM
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I used the the ball with the castle nut for my steering arm. They have worked out perfectly.


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posey #1344387 Fri Jan 31 2020 02:24 AM
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Thanks for the input, Todd

Re: Replacing tie rod ball ends
posey #1345116 Wed Feb 05 2020 05:08 PM
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Brothers Truck supply has a video on you tube on how to replace the ball type tie rod end with the new current style tie rod ends that are available. He puts the steering arm in a vise and grinds off the ball and then grinds the stub down to the arm. Then they are pressed out from that side using a shop press. I plan on doing mine this way.


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