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Old February 10th, 2019, 19:14   #43
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Originally Posted by Steve Addy View Post
I'm with Todd, the crows foot is perfect for this and cheap.
Sounds to me like the AC Delco branded inner tie rod is for ZF and not TRW maybe? That would explain why it's 1/2" longer, which is consistent with what I've found when comparing ZF to TRW inner tie rods.
You’re correct on this. However, is the rod diameter that critical? The ball joint of both have the same OD. The Bentlies just say to not install the TRW in the ZF racks. I have the new AC Delco parts, but they come with tie rod ends too, not just the inners. You need 1-1/4” adapters for TRW.

I would use a crows foot, but there is an issue. OE tie rods used an 8-point “lobe” so a hex/crow’s foot wouldn’t work [well]. The new ones were rounded square loves and a hex-anything won’t fit. The Harbor Freight tool handles both properly.
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