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The 81 rabbit (convertible) I just bought failed MA state inspection for the driver side tie rod. I can feel play in it but it looks like all the play must be in the inner end, because the outer end seems to move with the wheel. I've compared it to the passenger side which seems to have no play.
Questions: (all the info which these questions are based on come from my reading of the bentley manual)
Does a replacement (inner) tie rod come with the inner ball joint? This seems to be the part that I would think really needs to be replaced. The is the non-adjustable side, so I know I need to replace the whole thing.
Any good tips/tricks to replacing it?
Thanks. I'll post some pics of my new aquisition soon.
 

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Re: 81 rabbit tie rod questions (jdibb)

yeah, the replacement tie rod will come with the inner ball joint and should also come with an adjustable outer end. I think I paid about fifteen bucks for the whole tie rod when I did mine. It's a pretty straightforward job, but you'll need a couple of big wrenches to do the inner jam nut. I used a big f'in crescent and jumbo vice grips, 'cause that's what I had around.
Have fun.
 
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