The front end on my truck is really messed up. All the boots are gone on all the joints on my steering components. The tie rod ends feel like there are sand inside, they are very hard to move... so i figure... its time.
I am having trouble PROPERLY identifying the components of my steering system. I have an alldata diagram, but it's inconsistent with what is actually on my truck.
I am running up a huge bill on this truck so I would like to order the remainder of my parts off rockauto. But rockauto's ordering sheet is so specific, I am not sure exactly what I need. Rockauto tends to list 30 different parts, that are all described differently but are very similar infact. I just wanted to be sure i am not going to order the wrong thing.
Called rockauto this morning. I am going to have a very hard time replacing these components. Supposedly there was a part change mid-year in 85. I need to know exactly what month my F350 was built in. Unfortunately my truck is a repaint (and not a very good one). It seems as though they painted over everything that gives any indication of what this truck has in it or when it was made.
So my next call was to the ford dealer... no such luck there. They only keep records or information relating to vehicles 12 years old or newer.
Finally I called Ford North America. They told me they too had no information on my truck, BUT would be glad to send my personal information and VIN number to there research department. They would be able to tell me what Day, Month and year the vehicle was produced on. They also told me they would mail me a build sheet. This is very cool however, it will take no less than 3-4 weeks. This is certainly not going to help me get my truck together.
I was reading a similar thread that linked to a parts listing that seemed to indicate that if you have the 22mm tie rod you have to upgrade to the 1". If you get the sleeves with it this might be an option, I was going to suggest that you replace the sleeves anyway.
This info Tie Rod and Drag Link End Identification might help you out
I, too, am going through this process, and have researched the parts needed to replace all steering linkage on my '89 F250. The RockAuto listings are totally confusing and frustrating to understand, descriptions are vague at best and illustrations unintelligible. I printed out seven pages of the various tie rod listings so as to be better able to understand precisely what should be ordered. In particular, the "service grade" and "professional grade" ratings were very confusing. What does that mean, I asked myself, as if the safety/quality of the components were a negotiable part of the decision making. I opted to buy the parts from Autozone (no affiliation of any kind) and the parts are of good quality and fit, at a competitive price. I have bought quite of bit from Rockauto in the past but the last time I ordered from them I got hit with shipping charges that broke the budget. All the items I ordered (6 different parts) came from ... you got it, six different locations and shipping charges more than negated whatever price advantages may have been found in the cost of the parts. YMMV.