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Old 09-10-2010, 10:06 PM   #1
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Ok, so I was going to replace a floppy steering assembly I got for CHEAP (brand new) $60 shipped. Well I got to looking at it and not only did my son bend the a-arms, but the delta box was TOAST (bent about 3 different ways), the front section where the Z-Lift was done (previous to my owning) is bent and partially cracked in one spot!!!!, and the other a-arm was bent (fixed), but I was wanting to replace tie-rod ends while I'm in here and have EVERYTHING apart....my question is: are car tie-rods ends the same or am I going to have to go to the semi-local (25miles away) cart shop and see if they have some ends(that and the delta box)????

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Old 09-11-2010, 10:28 AM   #2
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I have seen the tapered holes drilled out and hiem joints put in with bolts, but I doubt you will find and automotive tie rod end with the same dimensions. You would spend hours opening boxes just trying to find one, and if you did, it would probably be a different thread anyhow......just my $.02
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Old 09-11-2010, 01:55 PM   #3
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haha, you're probably right. I went to the cart shop this morning and he didn't have any tie-rods in stock (at least not for my 97CC), also a negative on the Delta box, so I just came home and went to town on it with my 20Ton press and got it in respectable shape. Unfortunately now the front section is still bent (front part of the Z-lift). So I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that. I might just call it a day and sip a cold beverage or 8 and watch some football....
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:13 PM   #4
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See if this helps---they might have it




http://www.midwestcontrol.com/part_family.php?id=1
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:22 PM   #5
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Sounds like the son needs to help fix it and help pay for the fix. I have found with my son, he is less likely to bust things if he knows dad will make him "waste" his time watching me fix it. Not to mention the pain of helping to pay for the fix... Your mileage may vary...
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Old 09-11-2010, 02:42 PM   #6
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Sounds like the son needs to help fix it and help pay for the fix. I have found with my son, he is less likely to bust things if he knows dad will make him "waste" his time watching me fix it. Not to mention the pain of helping to pay for the fix... Your mileage may vary...
I agree with this guy. It what my dad did. Although, it kind of backfired when I was in middle school. I fell in love with all things mechanical and would take stuff apart to see how it works and then put them back together(most of the time) and built go karts, rode dirt bikes, and now I am building my golf cart

So now I am the one "wasting" my life in the garage (in their eyes)
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Old 09-11-2010, 10:43 PM   #7
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yup, you're both right!!! In his defense, the steering has been a dicey operation since I got the cart (the rack wouldn't stop where it was supposed to on a right turn) and would continue to the "flat spot" on the rack where the steering wheel would just spin and spin....but knowing that he shouldn't have been W.F.O. coming down the hill towards the pond either!!!! LOL.....
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Old 09-12-2010, 09:28 AM   #8
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did you find the tie rod ends
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Old 09-12-2010, 10:23 AM   #9
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Nice link Rib, I just got 4 ends last week for my Yamaha. I was first quoted 55 bucks each for OEM.
Even if your going slow it's imposible to control where your going when they fail.
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Old 09-13-2010, 06:05 AM   #10
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did you find the tie rod ends
not yet...but then again I was trying to get my 4dr "mustang" going (79 fairmont with fuel inj. 331 with T70 turbo kit on it....)
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