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Inner Tie rod change torque procedure/spec?

Hi,

I have play in the outer tie rod. Last time I have replaced it (on the other side) I have disconnected from the inner.
That was major pain in the "derriere".
This time I will just replace them together.
I have a question regarding how do you apply the required torque on the inner to disassemble/assemble to the shaft coming from the steering rack. Do you need to hold with another wrench to counter all that torque?
I have heard that you may need to disconnect opposite bellow to gain access and put a wrench there. But wouldnt this possibly undo the side you don't want? (where you counter hold from)...
I am just concerned with the copious amount of torque if this wouldnt be damaging to the steering rack and overall wondering what the proper procedure is.
Also, is blue loctite required? I imagine I would see traces of it on the threads of the original one (if it's original).

Thanks a bunch!!

PS:nvm, I have found there are some flats on the left side of the rack, suppose to hold with a 24mm wrench from there.
I will try to make some pics with this

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Follow up,

Disconnected the inner from the outer after noticing that inner had no play.

Also noticed one style of the tool to hold the rack and no way I could find it to buy or borrow. Will improvise something when the inners will let go.
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Here are the procedures. Make sure you pay attention to the highlighted area in pdf #1.
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Thanks so much for the procedure!
My bellows looked good so left in place.
I did noticed that the oem bellows kit come with the bellow and the two collars but also an o-ring and a small tube of grease.
Where is the grease used?
Thanks again
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You put grease on the ball of inner tie rod end.

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