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Old 05-20-2004, 09:51 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I replaced my outer tie rod ends. My restoration manual said to torque the nuts to 30 to 40 ft lbs. The problem is that the stud protruding out of the ball joint just spins once a certain amount of torque is reached (way before 30-40ftlbs). How tight should these nuts be and if it is more than the point where they just spin how do I hold them in place to tighten them? Thanks
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Old 05-20-2004, 10:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I have the same problem with mine in that the tie rod end is too small to seat into the spindle and allow you to tighten the nut. I am trying to find out which spindles I have because the outer tie rod changed over the years....but, my spindles do not have any numbers on them.............If your spindles have numbers then it will be easy to find out which ones you have.

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Old 05-20-2004, 12:07 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I read the replies to your post also. It does seem that we have similar issues. Mine was an I6 to V8 swap by a PO also. I did however recently put new wheel bearings in mine and I just ordered 65 V8 wheel bearings and they fit. One of the replies to your post implied that certain year spindles would have changed the wheel bearing size. I'm getting myself confused now. I'll look at my spindles when I get home to see if I can cross the numbers to something. It sounds as though you are of the impression that if the ball joint bolt spins before the nut is tightened to specs that they are not the correct tie rod ends. Is that true?
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When I attempted to install the 65/6 tie rods yesterday, the ball joint spun before I could tighten the nut also but then I took the tie rod out, removed the dust cover and realized the tie rod was way too small........I measured the inner diameters of the spindle and the taper of the tie rods and they will not fit......so without numbers on my spindles I am clueless.........I am going to a local mustang place later to measure some tie rods with my calipers to see what I can find to fit.
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