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Postby Parker32004 [OP] » Jan 21 2021, 11:30pm

so I posted earlier asking what a part was for my truck.. it was the tie rod went to go grease it up on the second pump started coming right the rubber. can someone recommend me a good set of tie rods that will not break the bank. also looking for a set of 4 shocks that will also not break the bank
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Re: tie rods

Postby 03pewternblack » Jan 21 2021, 11:38pm

What’s your budget? That’s the best way to narrow down what is achievable.
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Postby Parker32004 [OP] » Jan 21 2021, 11:40pm

I don't even know I bought this truck a couple months ago its my first truck and its going to be my daily/work truck I do construction. still want it to look and drive nice. would $500 get me anywhere?
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Postby 03pewternblack » Jan 21 2021, 11:45pm

If your going to do the tie rods yourself, you could go with the MOOG / Kryptonite I mentioned in the last post, they will both last longer than OEM. I personally would go Kryptonite myself. Believe they were around $250 - $300.

Shocks are going to run north of your budget for a full set of 4 + tie rods. Most people here are going to recommend Bilstein 5100 or Fox. Fox coil overs are north of $1000 - but probably overkill for your application. Bilstein look like they start around $100 a shock.
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Postby Parker32004 [OP] » Jan 21 2021, 11:48pm

yea so I was gonna have my mechanic do it but he wants 300 that's for oem ones so id rather spend the money on the beefy ones. there are no play in them right now. and the shocks are not blown out not sure where I should start maybe the tie rods and front shocks?
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Postby 03pewternblack » Jan 21 2021, 11:57pm

Yes. Tie rods are a safety feature and if they are worn or damaged they need to be fixed first and foremost. I’d buy the aftermarket and take it them to your mechanic and him install them.

Save after the tie rods are done for new shocks if yours aren’t blown out and ruined and it’s a want over a need.
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Re: tie rods

Postby Parker32004 [OP] » Jan 22 2021, 12:01am

yea that's probably a good idea just don't want to throw money into it. its got 150,000 on . what are your thoughts on this truck?
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Re: tie rods

Postby Chevy-SS » Jan 22 2021, 12:01am

If you inject too much grease into any of the front end joints (ball joints, tie-rod ends, Pitman arm, Idler arm) it will come out from under the rubber boot (if rubber boot on that joint). The excess grease has to go somewhere. This is not an indication of a bad joint... not at all. The gold standard test for any of the front end joints is to try and force the joint to move and show looseness (or wear). If the joint is tight, with no play, it is good. This rule applies to all the joints in front.

Sounds like you do NOT need tie-rod ends.
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Postby Parker32004 [OP] » Jan 22 2021, 12:03am

yea there is no play but there is a tear in tie rod the grease looks to be coming out from the top part. the boot does not look full
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Postby Chevy-SS » Jan 22 2021, 12:12am

Honestly, if there's "no play", I wouldn't worry about it. Maybe just check it at every oil change. It would have to get real loose before it falls apart, and that would take many miles, and if it's taking grease, then it may never wear out. Again, this assumes there's truly "no play".
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