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Old 10-29-2020, 09:34 AM   #1
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Iím rebuilding the tie rod and drag link on my 31 truck. Iím in the process of reassembling. I canít seem to get the steering arm ball into the tie rod. The inner spring and cup interfere with the ball and there is no way to compress the spring. Iíve cleaned out all the old grease and the spring appears to be seated all the way in the tie rod. Anyone encounter this? Any ideas?
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Old 10-29-2020, 09:45 AM   #2
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Use a "C" clamp to pull the tie rod end down over the ball.
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Old 10-29-2020, 10:26 AM   #3
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Are you using the steel cups or the Teflon cups?

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Old 10-29-2020, 10:30 AM   #4
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OK, there was another thread on this issue. If using reproduction parts, the new springs are longer than OEM and the cup is thicker. All this adds up to not being able to drop the ball pin into the opening.

For the spring: Put it in a vice and clamp it down until full coil bind. It will shorten it enough. I would suggest calling from like Fred & Southside Obsolete to get NOS cups, springs and pins.

Not sure what to say about the too thick cup.
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HI Tom
Try loosing the screw until it's almost out than put the rod on the ball and tighen the screw to proper tension.
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Old 10-29-2020, 11:53 AM   #6
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I'll try to post a pict or two of the difference between new reproduction and OEM. The difference in overall length is quite a bit.
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Old 10-29-2020, 01:26 PM   #7
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Thanks for the feedback everyone. I finally got it. I had to remove the tie rod ends and steering arms. Made up a jig by notching a piece of copper tubing and inserting that into a large C clamp and compressed the spring to a point I could push ball into the tie rod end.
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