Join Date: May 2009
Location: east coast
Car: OBW H6 VDC, Tribeca, XT6
Feedback Score: 1 reviews
subaru tie rods are fairly robust, i wouldn't have any problem reusing it if the boot looks good and there's no play then the joint is good.
also - you can actually replace the inner tie rod end without even disconnecting the outer. simply unthread it leaving the outer on the steering knuckle, i've done a few like that. that way you can avoid dealing with removing the outer tie rod nut in the steering knuckle which is a plus here in the rust belt. no worries about ripping the boot, not getting it out, etc.
Subaru boots generally last longer (cv axles) but steering boots don't see nearly the articulation and heat of an axle so probably doesn't matter as much.
H6 OBW VDC, H6 OB Sedan, Tribeca, Lifted XT6