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2013-02-06 14:27:23
Inner tie rod removal tool suggestions?? (Help)
Hello all!

Looking to tackle my inner tie rods sooner than later (in the next few days). I am wondering if anyone had any recommendations on which tool to use?? I came up with 3 pipe styled tools as well as a "key" type tool.

Also, does any one know which tool "size" will fit the inner end of the rod??


Below are the candidates

1) Lisle 45750 Inner Tie Rod Tool (amazon)
Lisle Inner Tie Rod tool

2) OEM/2 In 1 Inner Tie Rod End Tool (Autozone)
OEM/ 2 In 1 Inner Tie Rod End Tool

3) OEM/Inner tie rod tool (Autozone)
OEM/Inner tie rod tool

4) OEM/Inner tie rod tool kit (Autozone)
OEM/Inner tie rod tool kit
Last edited by Boostlee on 2013-02-06 at 14-30-13.
2013-02-06 14:45:46
I just used a large, adjustable crescent wrench to remove. To install you'll need that wrench again, and something like a drift and hammer. A Philips screw driver you don't care about or similar can used instead. You need it to punch in the metal retaining collar (if these cars use one, my memory is foggy there).

This is essentially what you're dealing with.

Last edited by BenFenner on 2013-02-06 at 15-06-41.
2013-02-06 14:53:10
I actually have a moog inner rod sitting here on my desk. The issue I forsee however, is simply space (or the lack thereof) with using a pipe or crescent wrench while the car is on jackstands. I have heard of your method before, and it seems to work for a few.

Did you have access to a lift when you did them?? Also, to note, this will be on a 2000 G20T. I will purchase the tool regardless as I will add it to my chest for future reference or usage.

Thanks Ben!! Good to see you back
2013-02-06 15:08:51
Yes, I had the car on a lift (alignment rack) at the time, but I don't see any reason it wouldn't work just as well on jack stands.
I didn't even know they made special tools for this.
2013-02-06 15:22:21
Yep, on the 2000 G20T, things are a bit tighter than on the B chassis cars, which I think is mostly due to the updated front suspension design.
2013-02-06 15:47:19
Originally Posted by Boostlee
Yep, on the 2000 G20T, things are a bit tighter than on the B chassis cars, which I think is mostly due to the updated front suspension design.

P11's at least have a place where you could put a wrench on, unlike completely round b14 ones ha.
2013-02-06 15:56:29
Time to get out your calipers and measure the Moog unit you have? And then pray the one on the car is the same? =/
2013-02-06 16:04:26
Damn, we need a how to on this. I have never in all my years done inner tie rods!

2013-02-06 16:20:53
Measured the Moog unit and the round portion at its largest radius (round portion) came out to be ~1.5inches. Although it's ironic you asked as I was looking up the dimensions on the stock unit for comparison.

Also, the moog I have is "slightly different".

Below are attached pictures for reference (the "notched" portion is a bit more shallow and does not represent the full width of the "ball" portion. It also sits a little further back as compared to the picture you have posted)

2013-02-06 16:22:21
@coach, I can do a quick tutorial once I figure out this discrepancy
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