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Old 08-07-2013, 10:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey everyone, I finally tracked down a squeeky noise to the inner tie rod on the Pass. side. The boot is ripped and the socket joint there is rusted and noisy.

I'm going to order Moog from rockauto ($24 compared to 50 in store). And also a new bellows boot.

Should I spend the 22 bucks and get the Moog tie-rod end as well even though it's not bad yet? Yea it'll be easy to replace because I already have it apart, but it's an extra 22 bucko's. I know there is no definite answer here, just looking for your opinions.

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Old 08-07-2013, 11:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I replaced both of my inner tie rods but didn't replace the outer ones. It's pretty quick to change the outer tie rods so you aren't saving a whole lot of labor doing it while you are there. Either way you will need an alignment afterwards, so if you had to pay for another alignment in the future on an outer tie rod replacement you might be saving there.
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I replaced both of my inner tie rods but didn't replace the outer ones. It's pretty quick to change the outer tie rods so you aren't saving a whole lot of labor doing it while you are there. Either way you will need an alignment afterwards, so if you had to pay for another alignment in the future on an outer tie rod replacement you might be saving there.
Yea another thought is that the current outer TRE has 200k miles on it, it would stink threading that into the new tie-rod...
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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.
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Yup. When I do steering rack boots I don't unhook anything on the spindle. I just decouple the inner/outer joint. . . since the inner joint spins freely.

Tie rod ends only go bad if they go dry. . . so if your existing ones are still swimming in grease and have an intact boot I'd just let them go.

Subaru steering rack boots have always been cheaper and better quality at the dealer, but then again I've never tried ordering them from RockAuto. I think Advance wants like $50 each for them. . .I pay about $35 from Subaru.
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Autozone had replacement Inner tie rods for $20... Though they are generic and the locking washer is useless... I used locktite on my threads instead... The bellows is the most annoying part. took me 10 minutes to get everything apart and the tie rod on. 20 more just for the bellows...

Also a small pipe wrench may help getting the old one off since i believe it only has the two flat areas to grip onto. my new one had four and it was easier to get a wrench in there.
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I have had very bad experience with aftermarket inner tierod boots. I recommend OE for this particular part. The difference between the quality of the rubber is night and day.

Aftermarket boots I put on my legacy 3 years ago, already have rips.
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