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6 of one, half a dozen of the other (assuming your existing tie rod couplers are fine)?

Tie rods are faster and easier than messing around with replacing just the ends?

I deferred them in my latest order because AutohausAZ only had the ends.

No responders = "Son, you are lost in the minutia. Get them done and move on."
 

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6 of one, half a dozen of the other (assuming your existing tie rod couplers are fine)?

Tie rods are faster and easier than messing around with replacing just the ends?

I deferred them in my latest order because AutohausAZ only had the ends.

No responders = "Son, you are lost in the minutia. Get them done and move on."
Is there a question is here somewhere?
 

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Is there a question is here somewhere?
Yes. He is questioning his sanity. I don't have the answer.
As for the ends vs. the unit? If you can't get one do the other.
 

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And I'll paint the old rod middles to make them look new... if just buying the ends. Next round at AutohausAZ I guess. My sanity is lost. Learning a lot though. Thanks fellas.
 

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Installers love the complete assemblies, particularly if they're working on book time. If you supply the bits and the installer is on a clock, you'll pay to assemble the rods.

If you're doing your own and the time is 'free'.....
 

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Well, you would think if one end was bad, the other one would be going...but I've only seen outer tie rod ends go bad so far.
 

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Well, you would think if one end was bad, the other one would be going...but I've only seen outer tie rod ends go bad so far.
Same.
 

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I was lost in the minutia. It never even crossed my mind that someone would only replace the outer rod ends. I guess here could be situations where the inners are hard to remove and just replacing the outers could save tie. Huhm.

Thanks for the insight. Now to just replace them.
 

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When I had my subframe done, I got the entire unit. I think the price difference was about $5.00 total between the units and the ends separately. Since the car had been in a front end accident, and there were some scrapes on one of the rods, I decided to go the whole boat.

Luckily, the dealership would install my parts when they did the subframe changeout. Mine was failing, there was a good crack in the drivers' side, lower arm, rear bracket, so the procedure was to change out the whole subframe. I think that me supplying the new parts may have made it easier for the mechanic, since he didn't have to hassle with preserving the old ones and transferring them.

I explained that I ws going to replace the motor mounts, subframe bushings, and control arm bushings myself, but after investigating the need for the super-heavy duty spring compressor, I decided to ask them if they would be able to do it with the subframe recall. They were happy to do it.

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.... and control arm bushings myself, but after investigating the need for the super-heavy duty spring compressor
Well I proved this not to be the case. But an extra pair of hands was needed.
 

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I didn't have the extra set of hands available at short notice. I had an opportunity to get the whole thing done at once, so I jumped at it.

Just my experience & situation.

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I had an opportunity to get the whole thing done at once, so I jumped at it.
I would have done the same.

Removing springs is not my idea of fun.
 
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