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Old 08-22-2017, 10:54 PM
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Tie Rod End + Boot replacements

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I'm looking at getting my tie rod ends + boots replaced. The boots are blown apart and I'm sure they're wearing. We haven't been driving the truck hardly at all for months, but it was pretty clear from this post that they need to be swapped for new.

So, I want to make sure I am getting the right parts. I've done a bit of research on RockAuto but thought I'd get a confirmation here before I pull the trigger.

I'm considering:
  • MOTORCRAFT MDOE11 {#E9TZ3304F} front, RWD, OE design
  • MOTORCRAFT MDS1017 {#2U2J3270BA, E9TZ3V130D, WRE1503} front left, RWD
  • MOTORCRAFT MEOE141 {#FOTZ3A131B} front left outer, RWD, OE design
  • MOTORCRAFT MEOE95 {#E9TZ3A130D} front left inner, RWD, OE design
Total $291.16

VERSUS
  • MOOG ES2078LT left outer, rwd
  • MOOG DS1017T left inner, rwd
  • MOOG DS1073 {#E5TZ3304C, E8TZ3304B, E9TZ3304G} right inner, rwd, from 4200 lb axle
  • MOOG ES2396R {#E5TZ3A131E, E9TZ3A131G} right outer, rwd, from 4200 lb axle
Total 184.16

I'll need to pick up a few items too.
  • A grease gun.
  • Considering they existing boots are all shot, I'll grab extra grease too.
  • I need a set of heavy duty jack stands, so I'll grab the 6-ton pair when I swing by HF for future truck work.
  • I may pick up a floor jack, as the truck didn't come with one, but it appears I can do all the tie rod work without raising the truck? Is that the ideal way to keep the wheels in a single position?

Last questions
  • What size boots do I need? I don't see sizes listed anywhere on the replacement tie rod ends nor on the boots product info.
  • Do the boots always come in mismatched pairs of different sizes (such as 5/8 and 3/4)? I assume that is a set for inner/outer?
  • Do I also need the tie rod end adjusting sleeves?
  • Am I missing anything else?
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Old 08-22-2017, 10:59 PM
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Oh, ha! Forgot the basics. 1989 F350 Crew Cab long bed w/ 460 + manual.
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Old 08-24-2017, 08:52 AM
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You don't need to raise the truck to do the steering work.

You might consider getting the taller jack stands, I have the smaller ones and my jack can lift the truck about 4" higher than the highest setting on the jack stands.

I got the harbor freight pistol grip grease gun and it works great. I think it was $17.

If you don't have one, a 4lb sledge and a 2lb ball peen would be good to have for "massaging" things out ($6 and $5 at harbor freight). Penetrating oil also. And IIRC, the castle nuts for the tierod ends are 11/16 or 13/16 (actually they're probably metric? but I had to use sockets from my "large" impact set to remove them).
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Old 08-24-2017, 09:38 AM
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Here's a link for some more information. It includes the tie rod end boots --> Energy 9.13101G.

Your motorcraft part numbers match the info on the link except for MDS1017 --> but I'd trust your parts you looked up before the webpage.

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Old 09-19-2017, 09:07 PM
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I picked up the grease gun, bulk grease & have the boots inbound. I'd like to replace the rod ends too, but I'll get the boots done at least while I'm waiting for some cash to come in. I bought a pair of 6-ton jack stands as well.
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